Last weekend I found myself in Las Vegas. I’ve been to Vegas one other time previously, and I swore then that it would be the last time I ever visited. Not because I hated it, and not because it was the worst place ever. But because Las Vegas is wasted on me. I don’t drink and I don’t gamble – the two main attractions to this city.
But nonetheless there I was. But this time for a very specific reason. This time I was going to see Gwen Stefani’s Just A Girl residency.
But this post isn’t about the show. No, it’s about a museum I visited while in Las Vegas: The Neon Museum.
The Neon Museum is a museum located in Downtown Las Vegas, about 20 minutes away from The Strip. This isn’t a typical museum. Nicknamed the boneyard, this museum is predominately outside and features some of Vegas’ most famous signs from yesteryear.
Walking in the first sign I noticed was the famed Hard Rock Cafe guitar.
It’s the newest addition to the museum. From there I was able to follow the path around the open yard.
There were so many signs that I almost didn’t know where to look first. Good thing as a visitor I was able to spend as much or as little time I wanted to in the boneyard.
Because there was so much to see I maneuvered the boneyard by taking in the signs on my right as I walked up the past, then taking in all the signs on my left side. This way, I felt that I was guaranteed to see all this museum had to offer. Even though this took some time, it was fine because even though there are many signs (and the collection is growing) the museum itself isn’t big.
As I strolled through the museum, snapping picture after picture (the museum allows picture taking for personal use only, no recording allowed) I saw signs from many famed hotels and casinos. Some of which I hadn’t heard of. For example, the Queen of Hearts Hotel.
There were even sign from, I think, a dry cleaners. (After a bit of Internet research, I found it was in fact from a cleaners, Steiger’s Cleaners, which was famous for serving the line of Elvis).
But of course, there were signs on display of famed hotels/casinos. Some of the signs on display were:
The Golden Nugget
The Sahara Hotel
And my all time favorite, The Stardust
I really loved this place. Yes, I obviously loved seeing all of these unique, vintage signs, but most of all I loved that I had the chance to see a different side of Las Vegas. One of the other aspects I loved about The Neon Museum, is that I took some time to really search the collection, to find my initials. And as I walked around I overheard other people doing the same. It was like an interactive game feature of the museum. It was fun, like a game of hide and seek. Here are the initials I found:
If I had to say, there was only one thing that I didn’t love about this place: the fact that I felt that there weren’t any explanations as to where the signs were from and why they were relevant to Vegas history. With that said, there were museum employees scattered about the museum to answer any questions. So yes, I could have asked, but I felt that I couldn’t ask about every single sign in display.
If you are ever in Vegas, readers, I would urge you to step off The Strip and check this place out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.