Where do neon signs go when they bite the dust? To the Las Vegas Neon Museum, of course! The museum is set outdoors and displays neon signs that tell the story of Las Vegas. Because many of the signs are culturally and historically significant, the city of Las Vegas partnered with the Allied Arts Council of Southern Nevada to create the site.
Some of the more well known signs stored at the boneyard include Caesar’s Palace, Stardust, Desert Inn, and the Moulin Rouge Hotel. Even the 80 foot tall Sahara sign was donated to the museum for display.
Long before the museum was opened in 1996, retired neon signs had been stored at the “boneyard” of Young Electric Sign Company, or YESCO. Tragedy struck when the well known sign for The Sands was being decommissioned and there was no room to store it, so it was thrown away and has been lost ever since. It was decided that a museum should be started so that no more of Las Vegas’ unique history should be lost or forgotten.
In 2005, the iconic lobby from La Concha was donated to the museum. The massive shell-shaped lobby was converted into the visitor center for the museum, increasing public interest in the collection.
The museum also restores important signs and replaces them in the city once more. Some of these include the Hacienda Horse and Rider found on Las Vegas Boulevard and the Silver Slipper sign that stands across from its welcome center.
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