Travel Diaries – The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Welcome to the first installment of The Travel Diaries, I’ll be trawling through my actual travel diary I carry round with me and my photo albums to bring you some more posts in the future but I’ll start with one of our most recent adventures.

So whilst in Las Vegas for the VLV17, we decided to take one of the evening off and go to The Neon Museum and indulged in my love for neon signage. The Neon Museum is an organisation dedicated to collecting and preserving iconic Las Vegas signs for cultural and historical enrichment, the main exhibition is located outside and is called the Neon Boneyard. Boneyards were where old signs were taken to be refurbished or recycled into new signs as old hotels closed down and new hotels sprung up. Due to the nature of the collection, only guided tours are available and you can choose between a day or night tour, it is highly advisable to book in advance and if it gets too windy or there’s a high chance of lightning tours may be cancelled.

We picked the night tour as it was cooler and we wanted to see the signs lit up. Now they don’t light up all the signs, mainly because you’ll be blinded by the light and the electricity bill would be astronomical, so only a few selected signs are lit on the night tour.

Our tour began at dusk and our guide who is a volunteers and also a teacher and a Vegas native, so she was able to give us a really detailed history of some of the 150 or signs in this boneyard, for a town that is so young (it was founded in 1905) it really does have quite a rich and interesting history and so do each of the signs.

Take The Sliver Slipper formally The Golden Slipper, it is rumoured that the Howard Hughes bought this giant rotating shoe because he believed it housed a secret camera that was being used to spy on him. The sign has now been restored as in one of many vintage signs now on exhibition along the Las Vegas North Boulevard.

As the signs are old it is advisable to wear sensible shoes as there is exposed rusty metal, rocks and glass. The museum has a secondary boneyard which is closed to the public but is available for hire as wedding venue, film location and photo shoot. I think the next time we go back to Las Vegas, we will definitely head back here for a day time shoot.

Natasha x