When I was in Las Vegas last month, I grabbed a ticket to stop by The Neon Museum. I’ve heard about this place from a few different people and they said it was well worth the money and the trip. Plus, I can only do Vegas for so long so it was refreshing to get off the Strip for a little bit.
In case you aren’t familiar with it, The Neon Museum is basically the sign graveyard for all of the old signs from what Vegas used to be. Remember when it used to be all lights and neon? That’s what The Neon Museum (hence the name) showcases.
I opted to go on a tour around 8 p.m., so it was just dusk and most of the tour was going to be in the dark. I’ve heard that you have a completely different experience at night compared to during the day, mostly because the signs are all lit up at night. I thought that would be far more interesting to me so I’m glad that’s what I chose to do.
So, after showing up at The Neon Museum you join up with a tour group and a tour guide, who talks you through the history of each of the signs and some of the Old Vegas history, too. It was really interesting! I don’t want to tell you all the details, because I really don’t want to give it away in case you want to do this tour too, but I will share some of my favorite signs along the way!
1. La Concha
This used to be an old hotel in Vegas… and I think this is actually one of my favorite signs from the entire tour, mostly because it’s completely lit up like it used to be.
I really wish that they had this one lit up, because it would look so cool!
3. Wedding Information
I like this sign for different reasons than it being a pretty sign. My parents actually got married in Las Vegas and will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in September. I saw this sign and immediately thought of them.
I feel like this is the most well known hotel in Vegas… and they actually had this one lit up so it would blink colors and I captured it when the entire thing was lit up. Obviously the individual bulbs aren’t replaced, but man, it’s such a massive sign that it was still incredible!
5. The Ducky!
Fun fact, my nickname growing up was Ducky (don’t ask me how or why!) so when I saw this sign, I knew it was going to be one of my favorites. Another fun fact? This sign actually doesn’t even belong to a hotel in Vegas… it’s from a used car dealership! But, it’s crazy how much work and money went into creating this neon sign… all for a car dealership so it could fit into the whole Vegas culture.
If you are interested in touring The Neon Museum the next time you are in Vegas, I recommend booking early. I’ve looked at doing this before while I was there, but the tickets were all sold out. As a side note, this is located about a mile from downtown Vegas (where the Golden Nugget is) and in a little bit of a sketch neighborhood. I took a Lyft there and back and it worked out great!
P.S. I paid for my ticket and The Neon Museum doesn’t even know I wrote this review… I just thought it would be helpful for anyone planning a trip to Vegas and wanting to do something outside of gambling and eating. 😉
Have you ever been to The Neon Museum? What did you think?
What’s your favorite thing to do in Las Vegas? I’m headed there in about a month for work, so I’ll gladly take recommendations!
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