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The Neon Museum

October 16, 2017
From the Silver Slipper Casino
From the Silver Slipper Casino




When I was growing up, I was a member of a large and boisterous ethnic family. Mrs. Chatterbox says she felt like the groom’s parents meeting the bride’s family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I was the baby of the family, and over the years just about everyone has passed away. When my mother breathed her last on Christmas Eve of last year, we were reduced to a family of three, but now we have a daughter-in-law and we couldn’t be happier.


Our flight to Las Vegas was pleasantly uneventful and after arriving we were picked up by the wedding party who were on their way to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, nicknamed the Neon Boneyard—a burial ground of old neon signs retrieved from demolished hotels and restaurants. I would have preferred seeing these signs at night, as in times past when they burned brightly against the desert night, luring gamblers like moths to a flame. I’d hoped to see the Sands Casino sign because we’d been there in 1996, the week before the hotel was imploded to make way for a new one. It wasn’t there, but plenty of others greeted us.





One of the first signs we encountered.




Not all signs were neon. This ten foot tall pool player has lost his pool table.





One of the streets at the Neon Museum






It would have been great seeing this huge lamp from Aladdin's Casino all lit up, like it was back in the day, like this...








In the tangle of signs you can make out one with Liberace's signature.





Each letter is over ten feet tall. In the background you can see the original sign from Caesar's Palace.





I have no idea where this scary duck came from, but he haunts my dreams.





A gigantic fiberglass pirate skull from Treasure Island Resort. It's too big to stand up because wind would destroy it.




Las Vegas changes so quickly that I'm glad an effort has been made to preserve these pieces of Las Vegas history, but next time I'm coming back after dark.




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I wish I'd seen that when I went to Vegas. It sounds awesome.
By: PT Dilloway on October 16, 2017
I like the SIN sign. I wish I had it in my front yard. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on October 16, 2017
That would be cool to explore. Wow, how long has it been since the Stardust one was illuminated?
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on October 16, 2017
We had been going to Las Vegas for many years when we took another couple with us. They had never been there. It was during the energy crisis & the signs were shut off to save energy. It felt very strange to have to explain that the lights on one particular sign flashed in different colors & on another the neon went around & around!
By: fishducky on October 16, 2017
so often in this country we just explode art whose time is up. Nice as you say that this Vegas are has been preserved
By: cranky on October 16, 2017
I love that stuff. Would be great to have some items to adorn my big backyard. Oh, wait, I don't have a backyard.
By: Mitchell is Moving on October 16, 2017
holy smokes....amazing. Have fun!
By: Kathe W. on October 16, 2017
How cool that someone made the effort to save these pieces of history. History that came and went before I had a chance to see it but now it is safe.
By: Arkansas Patti on October 16, 2017
Welcome home, best wishes to the newlyweds, and that certainly would be a fascinating place to visit with all the signs lit.
By: messymimi on October 16, 2017
What an amazing place to visit, I've never heard of it but I definitely want to go there next time we go to Vegas. Looks like an brilliant place to take photos.
By: LL Cool Joe on October 16, 2017
This is really interesting to me, I would love to see this one day, the signs of the by gone era so to say, it is nice someone is at least holding onto them. Welcome to your daughter in law, she is joining a good family.
By: Jimmy on October 16, 2017
What a large boneyard of signs. Those commercial artist keep making better signs so the old ones have to be thrown away.
By: Red on October 16, 2017
Cool! This looks familiar to me, like maybe I saw it on TV. Perhaps on the Amazing Race one year, where teams had to find a clue there. I agree that it would be impressive after dark.
By: val on October 16, 2017
I've never heard of the Neon Museum. I'd like to see that too. Sounds like y'all had a good trip. I't's been a while since Jilda and I have been to Vegas.
By: Rick Watson on October 16, 2017
What a great side show. And yea, that duck is creepy!
By: Tom Cochrun on October 16, 2017
I loved this post! We were regular visitors to LV for years (now our trips are less frequent... the last was 3 years ago) and saw many things come and go. I remember making a last walk through the Dunes, knowing it would soon to be brought down to make room for the Bellagio. We just visit the Neon Museum on our next trip!
By: Kelly on October 17, 2017
Ugh. I hate seeing typos after I leave a comment, the most glaring being we "must" visit...
By: Kelly on October 17, 2017
how cool! are they lit up at night? must have big electric bills.
By: Ellen Abbott on October 18, 2017
Now THAT is a really cool museum!
By: The Bug on October 18, 2017
I never had much of a desire to go to Vegas but I would like to see this museum because they were so iconic
By: Birgit Bedesky on October 18, 2017
Congratulations on your son's wedding and your new daughter-in-law. You know, I was thinking that duck would look pretty cool on your roof.
By: Daniel LaFrance on October 18, 2017
I have always wanted to visit this places, I love vintage neon.
By: Jenn on October 19, 2017
I guess I had heard of the Neon Boneyard, but didn't know people could visit it. If I ever return to Las Vegas, it will be on my list of places to visit.
By: Pixel Peeper on October 22, 2017

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