Las Vegas The Neon Museum

Things to do with kids in Las Vegas Neon Museum

Famous the world over the Las Vegas Strip shines bright with larger than life neon signs and twinkling lights stretching as far as the eye can see. Las Vegas and neon are synonymous you can’t have one without the other. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that there would be a museum dedicated to the preservation and history of the city’s iconic neon signs.

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Things to do in Las Vegas with Kids Neon Museum

Are you a fan of vintage signs, twinkling lights, faded splendor, or history?

If you answered yes to any of these, or if you’re like me, all of them, The Neon Museum is the place for you!ย They do an amazing job of preserving Las Vegas’ storied past through the care and conservation of these signs, remnants of a bygone era.

Things to do with kids in Las Vegas Neon Museum
Sunset was a fabulous time to visit

As you might imagine the Museum is very popular and is available to visit via guided tours. Tours are offered both during the day and in the evening, but they fill up quickly, so planning ahead is a good idea.

 

A sunset tour allowed us to see the signs in daylight and after dark, which gave us the chance to see the signs lit up!

Things to do with Kids in Las Vegas Neon Museum

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Our guide, Tandy, clearly loved her job, and her passion for the signs was clear.Her tour was not only informative, but full of fun Las Vegas anecdotes and stories.

Things to do in Las Vegas with Kids Neon Museum
The Stardust

The Stardust, Moulin Rouge, and Sahara are just a few of the names you might recognize as you wander through the Museum’s Boneyard. The Stardust hotel opened in 1958 and closed in 2006. It is said that it’s iconic sign could be seen from up to 60 miles away.

Things to do in Las Vegas with kids neon museum
The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge was the first desegregated casino, and played a large part in helping the Las Vegas civil rights movement. Although the hotel has been closed since 1955, and the buildings were demolished, they still maintain their gaming licesnse by operating onsite every two years.

Things to do in Las Vegas with Kids Neon Museum
The Sahara

The Sahara was the 6th hotel resort to be built on the Las Vegas Strip and was in operation until 2011 when it was sold. Many famous people stayed and performed there including: Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Abbot & Costello, and The Beattles.

Tips & Advice:

Things do in Las Vegas with Kids Neon Museum

  • There is NO shade in the Neon Boneyard and it can be incredibly hot both day and night. Bring water.

Things to do in Las Vegas with Kids Neon Museum

  • For safety reasons there is no self-guided tour option. Book ahead to ensure your visit.

Things to do in Las Vegas with Kids Neon Museum

  • Only seven of the signs are in working order, however all the signs are lit beautifully via ground lighting.

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  • The signs are incredibly large and due to space restrictions it wasn’t always possible to get the big picture.

Things to do in Las Vegas with Kids Neon Museum

  • The Neon Museum is located about 4 miles north of the Las Vegas Strip, not far from the Fremont East District where you’ll find a large amount of amazing street art on display.
Things to do in Las Vegas with Kids Neon Museum
The Neon Museum was a great family activity.
  • Of course we visited the gift shop where we found fun treasures to remember our visit by. I can’t wait to see my new ornament on the tree come holiday time!

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36 thoughts on “Las Vegas The Neon Museum

  1. So glad yo were able to go! Next time, I want to do this sunset tour. Looks awesome! I know the museum has plans to open more areas. Want to visit those too. #FarawayFiles

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  2. OMG! I stayed in The Sahara!! (This tells you how ancient I am, hahaha) What a briliant museum, SO on my list of I ever make it back to Vegas, Apparently, street art is also rather good in Vegas at the moment. So interesting to explore more than just The Strip, right!

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  3. Who would’ve thought that neon signs needed preservation? (Not me!) I now understand why they would want to do that though – it’s such an important part of the city’s history, it seems a pity to just throw them away like cars in a junkyard. Night-time seems like the best time to go since you can see them in their full glory!

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  4. This sounds like an awesome activity for the family in Vegas. We’ve been multiple times but never taken our kids so this will be perfect for the next trip! Pinning!

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  5. What a visual treat! I’m a big fan of quirky or unusual museums, especially ones that link neatly with the local heritage (and Las Vegas is probably the only place on earth where neon is part of the local “heritage” ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) – this one ticks all the boxes. Excellent stuff. #FarawayFiles

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  6. Gosh, the Neon Museum is awesome, but also makes me a little melancholy. It’s like tuning in the Oldies Station and hearing your favorite song from high school. So many things I remember from the Las Vegas of childhood live there now. But I’m glad they live on! The iconic Stardust stars, the Golden Nugget, that classic Riviera sign… That’s Vegas, baby! ๐Ÿ™‚ As always, thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

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    1. I know how you feel, but thankfully they are being preserved! The museum is quite serious about their charge and are clearly interested in maintaining not only the signs themselves but the history behind them!

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  7. The Neon Museum is probably the only thing that would tempt me back to Vegas. I’m so glad someone decided to curate this collection as a tribute to Vegas glorious past. Awesome photos as always and thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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  8. Awesome photos as always and thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles ) I now understand why they would want to do that though – it’s such an important part of the city’s history, it seems a pity to just throw them away like cars in a junkyard.

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    1. It worked out perfectly! We saw the signs both night and day, and with the lovely lighting they use to highlight the signs, it’s really okay, that a lot of them don’t “work”. I agree with you about not wanting to go in the heat of the day, as it was almost unbearable even at night.

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