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Neon Museum offers colorful look at Las Vegas history

LAS VEGAS — After more than 15 years of planning, the Neon Museum will officially open its doors to the public on Oct. 27.

The Neon Museum is home to a collection of more than 150 neon signs dating from the 1930s. Inside a two-acre outdoor museum known as the Neon Boneyard, iconic signs from the city’s most celebrated properties — including the Moulin Rouge, the Desert Inn, the Flamingo and the Stardust — are displayed alongside those from various other bygone restaurants, hotels and businesses.

The museum’s new visitors center will be located onsite in the rehabilitated La Concha Motel lobby. The seashell-shaped mid-century modern building was constructed in 1961 on Las Vegas Boulevard South and moved to its current location in downtown Las Vegas in 2006.

Tours of the Neon Boneyard, which last approximately 45 minutes, will be available to the public every half hour Monday through Saturday.

“Our goal is to give guests an enhanced appreciation for Las Vegas’ rich visual culture while celebrating the beauty and craftsmanship of a distinctly modern art form,” said Danielle Kelly, executive director of the Neon Museum.

In addition to the Neon Boneyard, the museum has installed 16 restored signs as public art throughout downtown.