Museum 2/12: The Neon Museum

One of my goals in 2015 was to visit 12 museums, and to share details about those visits with you. Museums are great places to hide, to socialize, to think, to listen to audiobooks or music and to wander. They are also places to collect inspiration, to ponder, to absorb, to grow and to learn. Hopefully one of my visits will inspire one of yours. 


MUSEUM VISIT 2/12: THE NEON MUSEUM
DATE OF VISIT:  5 FEBRUARY 2015

I was in Las Vegas for a work trip and not being much of a gambler or Strip gal, I definitely wanted to spend as much time as possible off the strip as I could. Type has been a life-long interest and passion for me, and I wanted to get some more education about signage as we only touched on it when I was in the Type@Cooper program. 

Also, it was February, sunny and perfect weather. Let's go outside!

Las-Vegas-Neon-Museum

We arrived for our tour 15 minutes late (you have to pick a time and book online, there are a limited number of day tour and night tour times available each day). The staff were great, gave us a super quick 'here's what you missed' tour catchup chat as they caught us up to our group. There were about 5 other folks in the group and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. She was a Las Vegas native and a current UNLV student—and you could tell how very passionate she was about her home city and the purpose of the Neon Museum.

I really can't say much about this museum other than if you are in Las Vegas, you must go. You will not be disappointed. You will get such a great education about Las Vegas and all the establishments on 'the strip.' 

I'll leave you with some photos:

The iconic 'Welcome To Las Vegas' sign we all know and love? Same sign designer did this one.

The iconic 'Welcome To Las Vegas' sign we all know and love? Same sign designer did this one.

Look at that 'n'! How beautiful.

Look at that 'n'! How beautiful.

The Treasure Island skull.

The Treasure Island skull.

The Liberace sign from the now-closed museum.

The Liberace sign from the now-closed museum.

The original Tropicana sign.

The original Tropicana sign.

Glorious.

Glorious.

Such happy letters!

Such happy letters!

NOTES

1. This is an absolutely fantastic tour. Absolutely. Fantastic. If you are in Las Vegas....go. Leave the strip for this!

2. If you want to learn about Las Vegas history, learn about the craft of sign making and/or experience first hand how branding 'works'....this is a tour you must take.

3. The gift shop has some really neat items. I picked up some postcards and books. 

The Neon Museum (Las Vegas, NV, USA)
Cost: $18/adults
Tours: Day and Night tours available. We took the day tour. 
Location: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 387-6366
Website: http://www.neonmuseum.org