Coming off its fiscal year where a record 200,000 people visited the museum, the Neon Museum in Las Vegas has expanded its offerings. A new general admission ticket, where visitors can take self-guided tours during daytime hours, has been introduced in an effort to meet public demand. Historical interpreters stationed around the exhibition area are available to answer questions while guests are free to explore the more than 200 signs on display at their own pace. General admission tours are currently offered during the day, with available times posted at www.neonmuseum.org.
Guests on guided tours spend 45 minutes to an hour learning about the history of sign design and the resorts and businesses they advertised. During the summer months, guided tours are offered beginning in the early evening continuing through midnight. In addition, this year the museum added “Brilliant!”—the audiovisual, augmented-reality light-and-sound experience that uses projection mapping technology to re-animate 40 non-working signs in the museum’s North Gallery. “Brilliant!” is showing four times nightly and has also increased capacity to meet demand.
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment.
On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard; the North Gallery, home to the new show, “Brilliant!”; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas and one restored sign on view at the outdoor Fashion Show Plaza on the Las Vegas strip.