Revisiting the Las Vegas Neon Museum

Back in 2017 Patrick and I visited the Las Vegas Neon Museum, and had an absolute blast, taking both their daytime and nighttime tours. Recently they added a “Photo Walk” option, which is a time for photographers to have respectful free-reign (no touching of the signs!) of the boneyard, and since Patrick has gotten more into film photography, he wanted to take this unique opportunity to shoot some film. So while he attempted to take photos using his vintage Graflex I ran around with our regular camera.

The exterior of the lobby of the museum, with its curved, shell like shape, lit up ride, with the "Neon Boneyard" sign in the distance.

Overall view of one of the areas, including a large broken bulb and neon sign reading "1905 Gambli" the n and g missing.

Overall of several letters piled against each other.

Bulbs and neon make up a sign that reads "Lost Vegas"

I was especially thrilled to see the partial restoration of the Moulin Rouge sign, which during our prior visit had been, in my opinion, awkwardly put together in an attempt to spell “in love” but the sign is an artifact of one of the most groundbreaking casinos in Las Vegas, as it was fully integrated. You can read more about the brief life of the Moulin Rouge here.

I was also excited to see the restored Yucca Motel sign, which shortly after our 2017 visit was taken to be restored. It’s an incredible piece of neon art with its twists and turns to make a glowing neon yucca plant.

Pink neon makes up a massive sign reading "Moulin Rouge" in script

A broken neon sign reading "Casino" in painted letters.

A fading and flaking neon sign reads "Las Vegas Casino Bar Restaurant"

Close-up of the bulbs and neon that make up the letter S in a sign.

Various neon and bulb signs leaning against each other, including a partial sign that reads "House"

Overview of a portion of the boneyard, with a sign reading "Motel Nevada" some signs are lit, others are not.

A bulb and neon sign reads "Golden Nugget"

A neon sign of a shirt with a face on it.

Various neon and bulb signs leaning against each other, including a moon.

A large bulb and neon sign reading "Plaza"

A broken neon sign reads "Las Vegas Club"

A massive sign features a yucca plant make out of neon and green neon reading "Yucca"

Overall of a part of the boneyard, featuring broken neon signs and a lit neon sign featuring a Native American wearing a war bonnet and text reading "Chief Hotel Court"

Various neon and bulb signs leaning against each other, including including the letter R.

A neon sign reading "Red Barn" with a martini glass.

Two doves made of neon hold a ribbon.

Pink neon script reads "Liberace"

Overall of a portion of the boneyard, including a sign reading "Jackpot Motel" and a large metal sculpture of a man playing pool.

Close-up of part of a bulb and neon sign with a four leaf clover as part of it.

Various neon and bulb signs leaning against each other, including an arrow and a star.

A cowboy made of neon sticks out this thumb.

A faded neon sign reading "Mid Tower Hotel Apts"

A fading neon sign reading "Cimarron"

A large neon sign of a yellow duck.

A large painted sign of a woman smiling.

Various neon and bulb signs leaning against each other, including one reading "Silver Slipper"

A massive guitar made of neon reads "Hard Rock Cafe"

A large shell like shaped sign reads "La Concha No Vacancy" in blue and red neon.

Close-up of bulbs and noen.

A faded and broken neon sign reading "El Cortez"

A large mid-eastern themed neon sign with a domed building and camels reads "Sahara"

Close-up of the curves of the Moulin Rouge sign.

A massive bulb sign in spiky letters reads "Stardust"

A large neon sign features fire made of neon and script reading "The Flame" below backlit plastic reads "Prime Rib Breakfast Lunch Dinner" and in small blue neon reads 24 HRS"

Seahorses made of neon and bulbs.

What further differentiates the Photo Walk from a regular tour is that the tours are guided, with knowledgable tour guides taking guests around, explaining what makes neon unique, and the history of the signs, while the Photo Walk has no guide, but staff is on hand to make sure photographers follow the rules, and answer any questions you may have. Additionally, the Photo Walk is the only time visitors are allowed to bring in “professional” cameras, as well as camera equipment.

The Neon Museum is an absolute must visit if you’re in Las Vegas, but if you’ve never been, I recommend taking a regular tour (day or night, they are both awesome, but I really think nighttime is best!) and if you’ve taken a tour before and love photos, then the Photo Walk may be a wonderful new opportunity and a reason to visit again! You can learn more about their Photo Walk here.

Gaze upon neon of Las Vegas’ past at the Neon Museum at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas. Learn more (including regular tour photo policies) and book your tour on their website.

Other Las Vegas Destinations

Burlesque Hall of Fame

Diamonds are Forever Filming Locations

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino

The National Atomic Testing Museum

Twilight Zone Mini Golf

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