Many of the neon signs that once branded historic Las Vegas buildings have ended up here in the Neon Museum, also known as the Neon Boneyard. The museum has collected more than 200 discarded signs—including those from the Stardust, Moulin Rouge, Desert Inn, Aladdin and Flamingo—memorializing Las Vegas’ history and culture while also preserving an art form for which Las Vegas is famous.
The Neon Museum’s Neon Boneyard is only accessible via guided tours. These 60-minute tours take visitors through the 2-acre (0.8-hectare) campus to see more than 200 old signs, 11 of which have been resorted. A smaller collection of signs inside the museum itself can be viewed on a self-guided tour. Visitors can head to the museum solo, or visit as part of a guided tour of the city’s top museums, including the Mob Museum and Museum of Natural History.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Neon Museum is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors to Las Vegas.
- Tours of the Neon Museum often sell out, so it’s a good idea to book in advance.
- Dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes as the Neon Boneyard is an outdoor collection.
- Printed tour supplements are available for deaf and hard of hearing visitors, and the museum is wheelchair accessible.
- While photographs are encouraged, additional camera equipment and video recording are not allowed.
- Some Las Vegas tours include the Neon Museum as part of a larger city tour.
How to Get There
The Neon Museum is located on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of Bonanza Road. Free parking is located off McWilliams Avenue adjacent to the museum.
When to Get There
Tickets to the Neon Museum include specified tour time. The museum recommends families with children attend a daytime tour, while the restored and illuminated signs are more impressive after dark during a night tour.
Exploring the La Concha Visitors Center
The Neon Museum recently celebrated the grand opening of its new La Concha Visitors’ Center, itself a piece of Las Vegas history. The shell-shaped building designed by architect Paul Revere Williams was formerly the lobby of the La Concha Motel on North Las Vegas Boulevard before being relocated.