“Bright light city gonna set your soul on fire.” You can’t think of Las Vegas and not think of neon signs lighting up the vivid skyline. But what happens to those iconic signs when hotels change names or are imploded to make way for the latest and greatest? Thank goodness for the Neon Museum and Boneyard, also known as the neon graveyard. The Neon Museum Boneyard opened in 2012 on North Las Vegas Blvd as a place to exhibit and feature the more than 200 neon signs that are historic pieces of Las Vegas.
If you are visiting Las Vegas, the neon graveyard is DEFINITELY worth a stop. There are currently 9 signs that are completely restored, and the rest are on display in the 2 acre outdoor museum grounds. All tours are guided by museum personnel, who give detailed and interesting history about the signs and the hotels that they used to represent.
This museum is a big hit for photographers for obvious reasons. There are STRICT photography guidelines at the museum:
Photography strictly for personal use is permitted on our tours. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. For this reason, NO EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN A CAMERA IS ALLOWED ON TOURS. Additionally, audio and video recording is not allowed. Photo shoots are not permitted on tours. If you are interested in conducting a photo shoot at the Neon Museum, please see our Book a Photo Shoot page for more information.
Because tours are small and popular, the museum advises that you purchase your tickets ahead of time. Be advised that all sales are final and there are no refunds on tickets. There is a parking lot adjacent to the museum and parking is free.
Ticket prices for day tours are $18 for general admission; seniors 65+, students, active military, veterans and Nevada residents are $12 (valid ID required for each discounted ticket: must show current ID upon arrival).
It’s a dusty museum with broken glass and sharp metal in some areas, so wear close toed shoes, and leave the littlest family members at home.
I am totally obsessed with pop culture and history, so this museum was right up my alley, plus it made for great photo ops, so it was WAY too much fun for me! You can visit the museum during the day, and at night when they have the seven restored signs lit up. The other signs are lit by spot lights. We visited in the late afternoon, and I am looking forward to going back again at night to experience it all lit up.
If you’d like more information about the Neon Graveyard you can check out their website here.