Neon Museum Announces Upcoming Dates for Junior Interpreter Tours of The Neon Boneyard

 

A Junior Interpreter Gives Guests an Interactive Tour of the Neon Museum Boneyard

NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES UPCOMING DATES FOR JUNIOR INTERPRETER TOURS OF THE NEON BONEYARD – GUIDED TOURS
ESPECIALLY FOR FAMILIES

 

The Neon Museum announces dates for its upcoming Junior Interpreter Tours, which are offered from 10 to 10:45 a.m. one Saturday a month during Las Vegas’ more temperate seasons. These interactive, family-fun experiences are designed specifically for adults visiting with young children, with tickets priced at just $5 per person; children 6 and younger are free. Middle school and high school students who receive museum training serve as the Junior Interpreters – or museum guides – for these tours, which are adapted from regular Boneyard tours. Junior Interpreter Tours are appropriate for all ages but best enjoyed by children ages 5 and up accompanied by their parents or guardians.

Upcoming dates for 2019 Junior Interpreter Tours are: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, April 20 and May 25.

Due to the limited capacity of Junior Interpreter Tours, everyone in the group must have a reservation, including children age 6 and under. Photography is permitted only at the end of the tour so families may enjoy the interactive aspects of the experience together. Tours proceed rain or shine but may be canceled due to high winds and/ or lightning, in which case guests receive a full refund.

To make reservations for the museum’s Junior Interpreter Tours, please click here.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, home to the nighttime augmented-reality, audiovisual spectacle, “Brilliant!”; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas and one restored sign on view at the outdoor Fashion Show Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit NeonMuseum.org. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Stars and Stardust: Sidewalk Astronomy in The Neon Boneyard to Take Place Sat., Jan. 27, 6-9 P.M.

 

STARS AND STARDUST: SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY IN THE NEON
BONEYARD TO TAKE PLACE SAT., JAN. 27, 6 – 9 P.M.

Free Educational Event Designed Especially for Families

 One of the year’s most anticipated and distinctive family events, “Stars and Stardust: Sidewalk Astronomy in the Neon Boneyard” returns to the Neon Museum on Saturday, Jan. 27. To be held from 6 to 9 p.m., this event offers stargazing especially for families and is presented in partnership with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society and the College of Southern Nevada Planetarium.

The evening will begin in the dramatically illuminated Neon Boneyard before the lights are dimmed to afford a clearer view of the stars. Participants in the “Stars and Stardust” astronomy event will enjoy using a variety of professional telescope equipment to observe the night sky. Children will also enjoy a self-paced solar system scavenger hunt activity and making space-themed scratchboard art.

This program is part of the Neon Museum’s ongoing effort to provide enriching educational experiences to people of all ages in a culturally important setting.

Admission to Stars and Stardust is free and no registration is required. For more information about tours and special events at the Neon Museum, go to www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been ranked No. 1 in Las Vegas Weekly’s list of “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, used mainly for education programs and special events; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas and one restored sign on view at the outdoor Fashion Show Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit neonmuseum.org.

Neon Museum Launches Fundraising Campaign to Restore Hard Rock Guitar Sign

NEON MUSEUM LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO RESTORE HARD ROCK GUITAR SIGN

 

This Giving Tuesday, the Neon Museum kicks off a fundraising campaign to transport the Hard Rock Café guitar sign from the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO), install it in the world-famous Neon Boneyard and provide an endowment for its ongoing maintenance and conservation efforts. The museum’s goal is to raise $350,000.

“Having this sign in the Neon Boneyard will elevate the experience of visiting our collection to a brand-new level,” said Rob McCoy, president and chief executive officer, Neon Museum. “We thank the community in advance for their support in helping us bring this jewel of Las Vegas sign history to the museum.”

The Hard Rock Café opened in 1990 and closed on New Year’s Eve 2016. Its monumental guitar sign measured 22 feet wide by 80 feet tall and was situated on the corner of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue. Over the years, it was featured in countless Hollywood productions, becoming an iconic symbol of Las Vegas. The museum is grateful YESCO, which designed and owned the sign, opted to donate the retired sign to the Neon Museum.

Donors to the Hard Rock sign campaign will be recognized for their contributions, 100 percent of which will go directly to the efforts to transport, install and maintain the sign. Donors of $250 or more will be invited to attend the illumination party for the Hard Rock sign after its installation in the Neon Boneyard. Donors of $100 or more will be recognized with a plaque bearing their name on the base of the Hard Rock sign. In addition, all donors will be entered into a raffle to win a unique neon art piece.

Supporters of the Neon Museum who wish to participate in the Hard Rock Guitar campaign can do so online by clicking here.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been ranked No. 1 in Las Vegas Weekly’s list of “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, used mainly for education programs and special events; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas and one restored sign on view at the outdoor Fashion Show Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit neonmuseum.org.

Neon Museum Announces Upcoming Schedule of Photo Walks for Photography Enthusiasts

NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SCHEDULE OF PHOTO WALKS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIASTS

Next Photo Walk Scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 29

Acknowledging its worldwide reputation as one of Las Vegas’ most photogenic venues, the Neon Museum offers Photo Walks in the Neon Boneyard. These sessions, timed to coincide with the “golden hour” of sunset, allow up to 13 individuals to have access to the Neon Boneyard. During that time, hobby photographers may bring all of their chosen equipment and shoot photographs of the sign collection for personal use from anywhere in the Boneyard, as long as they stay on the designated rock-lined paths. The next Photo Walk is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 3:30 p.m. Future dates include:

Dec. 1            4:30 p.m.
Dec. 6            4 p.m.
Dec. 12          3:30 p.m.
Dec. 21          3:30 p.m.
Dec. 27          4 p.m.
Jan. 2             4 p.m.
Jan. 12           4:30 p.m.
Jan. 18           4 p.m.
Jan. 26           4:30 p.m.

Examples of personal use include social media, personal (not commercial) websites, home décor or custom stationery. Most camera equipment is permitted during Photo Walks, although portraiture, models and assistants are NOT permitted. Photos taken during these photo tours may not be used to promote any business, for publication by media or sold to a third party.

To register for a Neon Museum Photo Tour, visit http://www.neonmuseum.org/photo-walks.  The cost per person is $50; Nevada residents, students, active military, veterans and seniors pay $35 with valid I.D.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been ranked No. 1 in Las Vegas Weekly’s list of “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, used mainly for education programs and special events; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas and one restored sign on view at the outdoor Fashion Show Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit neonmuseum.org.

THIS WEEKEND: Neon Museum Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Public Events

 

NEON MUSEUM CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
WITH SPECIAL EVENTS, FREE BONEYARD TOURS

Anniversary Events Scheduled for Oct. 28

The Neon Museum turns five years old on Saturday, Oct. 28. In commemoration of this milestone occasion, it will offer the public a variety of opportunities to celebrate its past successes as it looks toward a dynamic future.

1 to 7 p.m.: Free self-guided access to the Neon Boneyard, food trucks, cake, crafts, paper flower creation celebrating the “Day of the Dead.” Flowers will be used to decorate an altar created by artist Favela in memory of prominent sign designer Raul Rodriguez. Rodriguez designed the Flamingo sign that resides in the Boneyard and he earned national recognition for his Rose Parade float designs.

1 to 4 p.m. “Family Fiesta” event presented by artist Justin Favela in the Boneyard. “Family Fiesta” incorporates Favela’s real-life family, food, drinks and music in an unconventional outdoor setting. The public is encouraged to participate in the celebration by engaging in games, dances, music, cuisine and piñata time. In “Family Fiesta,” the event is taken out of its traditional context (a cookout in a backyard or a park) to highlight people’s expectations of a fiesta while, at the same time, dismantling notions of location and institutional inclusion.

 

8 p.m. Two-Hour Open-Top Bus Tour through Downtown Las Vegas and the northern stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, highlighting classic signs from the Neon Museum collection. The evening concludes with a special nighttime tour of the Neon Boneyard focusing on the museum’s conservation and restoration efforts ($50 per person).

For more information about the Neon Museum’s fifth anniversary festivities and to make reservations for ticketed events, visit www.neonmuseum.org/happenings or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, used mainly for education programs and special events; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas and one restored sign on view at the outdoor Fashion Show Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit neonmuseum.org.

Free Stargazing Event at Neon Museum Boneyard, Jan. 7

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STARS AND STARDUST: SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY IN THE NEON
BONEYARD TO TAKE PLACE SAT., JAN. 7, 6 – 9 P.M.

Free Educational Event Designed Especially for Families

 Make sure 2017 gets off to an enriching start on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Neon Museum with its fourth-annual “Stars and Stardust: Sidewalk Astronomy in the Neon Boneyard” event. To be held from 6 to 9 p.m., this event offers stargazing especially for families and is presented in partnership with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society and the College of Southern Nevada Planetarium.

The evening will begin in the dramatically illuminated Neon Boneyard before the lights are dimmed to afford a clearer view of the stars. Participants in the “Stars and Stardust” astronomy event will enjoy using a variety of professional telescope equipment to observe the night sky. Children will also enjoy a self-paced solar system scavenger hunt activity and making space-themed scratchboard art.

This program is part of the Neon Museum’s ongoing effort to provide enriching educational experiences to people of all ages in a culturally important setting.

Admission to Stars and Stardust is free and no registration is required. The general public may attend from 7 to 9 p.m.; Neon Museum members are welcome to have early access from 6 to 7 p .m.

For more information about tours and special events at the Neon Museum, go to www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

Neon Museum Announces Last Hot Yoga Date, Sept. 14

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NEON MUSEUM ADDS SEPT. 14 HOT YOGA CLASS

HOT YOGA

The Neon Museum has added a new date to its hot yoga sessions in the outdoor Neon Boneyard this summer. Taught by Certified Instructor Eileen Lorraine, the final one-hour session of the season will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Lorraine’s class is appropriate for everyone from beginners to advanced yogis and will consist of a 60-minute flowing vinyasa session set to vintage Las Vegas-inspired beats.

“Yoga at the Neon Museum offers the perfect blend of nostalgia and what’s new,” explained Lorraine. “We will expand our minds and body by practicing in this unexpected environment surrounded by Las Vegas’ most recognizable art form—it will be a satisfying cocktail of external stimulation and internal meditation and movement.”

The class will be held in the shaded portion of the Neon Boneyard, but temperatures are expected to soar to 100 degrees or higher. Participants should bring plenty of water and their own yoga mat, towel and any additional yoga equipment they require. The Neon Museum does not have any yoga gear to lend for these sessions.

Yoga at the Neon Museum Boneyard is restricted to participants 18 years of age or older or children accompanied by an adult guardian.

Yoga sessions are $18 for the general public and $13 for Neon Museum members. To make www.neonmuseum.org/happenings or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

The Neon Museum Illuminates the Riviera Hotel & Casino Sign

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THE NEON MUSEUM

THE NEON MUSEUM WELCOMES, PLUGS IN
THE RIVIERA HOTEL & CASINO SIGN

WHAT:
Illuminating for the first time since the property closed on May 4, the Neon Museum officially lit the Riviera Hotel & Casino sign. The Riviera joins a small group of restored signs in the Neon Boneyard that are able to be illuminated. The sign is located just above the iconic Stardust sign. Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) generously updated the sign by donating a new electrical system and bulbs.

ABOUT THE SIGN:
The Riviera opened on the northern part of the Strip in 1955 during a precarious time; this was when there was doubt the Las Vegas casino boom would last due to casinos opening in quick succession. The “Riv” was the first high-rise hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard. Its elegant design set it apart from many of the other resorts that often resembled the motor courts that were popular with travelers. The resort was a successful entertainment spot. Liberace played on opening night and headlined for many years. Dean Martin performed and even owned a stake in the business. The Riviera also played host to a variety of billiards tournaments including the American Poolplayers Association held every year at the resort for more than 20 years, including the week before the Riviera closed in May 2015. Several pieces of the graceful signage were donated to the museum, including this piece that originally adorned the Riviera’s East Side porte-cochère.

WHERE:
The Neon Museum
770 N Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM:
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby; the Neon Boneyard North Gallery, a separate outdoor exhibition space which is open for educational programs, photography shoots, weddings and special events; as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

SPRING BREAK ACTIVITY FOR KIDS: DRAWING IN 3D AT THE NEON MUSEUM, THURSDAY, APRIL 2

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SPRING BREAK ACTIVITY FOR KIDS: DRAWING IN 3D AT THE NEON MUSEUM, THURSDAY, APRIL 2

In Las Vegas for Spring Break? Looking for a fun and enriching way to entertain the kids? On Thursday, April 2, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., the Neon Museum will host a family fun event titled, “Drawing History in 3D.” Children will learn how to draw their own 3D/anaglyph sign based on historic signs in the Neon Museum’s collection. In addition to drawing an anaglyph 3D sign, children will fabricate their own pair of 3D glasses with which to view their sign.

This event is one of several presented by the Neon Museum’s education department. All family events at the Neon Museum are designed to extend the museum’s impact on the community by offering opportunities for families to enjoy time together in a culturally important, historic and creatively inspiring setting.

This event costs $5 per person and is recommended for kindergartners through sixth graders accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. To make reservations, go to www.neonmuseum.org/happenings or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby; the Neon Boneyard North Gallery, a separate outdoor exhibition space which is open for educational programs, photography shoots, weddings and special events; as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

Celebrate This Holiday Season At the Neon Museum, Nov. 28 – Jan 1

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MERRY AND BRIGHT IN VEGAS: NEON MUSEUM TO BE LIGHTED FOR THE HOLIDAYS, NOV. 28 – JAN. 1

Ornament Making, Holiday Caroling Events for Families to Take Place
at December to Remember Event, Sat., Dec. 13

The Neon Museum Boneyard’s collection of more than 150 vintage neon signs will be illuminated with a special, holiday-inspired palette of lights—red, green, gold, blue and white—beginning Sun., Nov. 28, through Thurs., Jan. 1. All visitors taking night tours of the Neon Boneyard will be able to experience the seasonal lighting. In addition, all nighttime visitors can now see the recently restored and electrified Jerry’s Nugget and Liberace Museum signs, installed in the Neon Boneyard this fall.

Families will enjoy the second-annual “December to Remember” holiday ornament-making event, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Boneyard Park. This event will be followed by hot chocolate and caroling by Las Vegas Academy choir in the Neon Museum Boneyard from 5 to 6 p.m., during which time families will also enjoy the dazzling atmosphere of the seasonally illuminated Boneyard. “December to Remember” is part of the City of Las Vegas Cultural Corridor’s holiday festival. This event is free and open to the public; reservations are not required.

Night tours of the Neon Boneyard are $25 for general admission; seniors, students, active military and veterans and Nevada residents are $22 (must show current ID upon arrival).  For more information about tours and special events at the Neon Museum, go to www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby; the Neon Boneyard North Gallery, a separate outdoor exhibition space which is open for educational programs, photography shoots, weddings and special events; as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

 

Neon Museum to Showcase Art of Sign Painting

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NEON MUSEUM TO HOST TWO EVENTS SHOWCASING SIGN PAINTERS’ CONTRIBUTIONS
TO THE ART OF SIGNMAKING IN SEPTEMBER

Film Screening and Panel Discussion Part of PRISM® TV Times of the Signs Lecture Series Sponsored by CenturyLink

The Neon Museum will host two PRISM® TV Times of the Signs Lecture Series events sponsored by CenturyLink in September. The first event, on Thursday, Sept. 10, will be a screening of Sign Painters, a documentary by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum Auditorium. The second event takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and will be a panel discussion at the Neon Museum titled, “Unsigned Heroes: Sign Painters’ Art and Stories.” Both events are part of the museum’s public education series, which takes place in the famous Neon Boneyard and brings illuminating lectures, panel discussions, presentations and performances to the community.

“Las Vegas signs are most famous for their neon adornment, but the signs themselves would be far less spectacular without the work of the industry’s skilled sign painters,” says Danielle Kelly, executive director, Neon Museum. “This upcoming panel will offer insight into all aspects of the intriguing tradition of hand-painted sign fabrication.”

Participants in the Sept. 16 panel discussion will be:

Geoffrey Ellis is a photographer and graphic designer. He is co-founder of the Vegas Vernacular Project and founder of the Las Vegas Camera Club. In 2013, he earned an MFA degree in photography from the University of Hartford Art School. He was also a recipient of the 2007 James D. Phelan Art Award in photography and the 2014 Beth Block Juror’s award from the Houston Center of Photography. In addition, he publishes the photo-zines Sadkids and Get Off My Lawn. He has lived in Southern California, Florida, Memphis, San Jose, Calif., San Francisco and Las Vegas. He currently splits his time between San Francisco’s Mission District and Downtown Las Vegas.

Faythe Levine is an artist, photographer, filmmaker and curator based in Milwaukee, Wisc. She is the founder of Art vs. Craft and curates Sky High Gallery. Levine’s first film and book, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design was published by Princeton Architectural Press. She co-directed Sign Painters, which stylistically explores the unacknowledged art form of hand-painted signs through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country. The film celebrates artisans keeping the 150-year-old sign-painting tradition alive with a bespoke approach and appreciation for achieving balance between art and information.

Sam Macon is a Milwaukee-born, Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and writer. He received his BFA in film from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and directs music videos, commercials, short films and documentaries. Macon co-directed Sign Painters with Faythe Levine.

Bryan McCormick has been making pictures off and mostly on for the last 30 years. He has a BA in Art History from the University of Toronto, where he graduated with distinction. He completed his Ph.D. coursework in Art History as an Excellence Fellow at Rutgers. In the late ‘80s, he left academia to work in the then-new field of interactive software, landing eventually at ABC News as a developer in the first broadcast multimedia unit in the United States. He has won awards from ID Magazine, Art Directors Club of New York and a Codie for his work as a creative director. Together with Mark Johnson and Geoffrey Ellis, McCormick co-founded the Vegas Vernacular Project, which documented the lesser-loved commercial signage around the Valley over a two-year period.

Mark Oatis has 42 years of experience in the sign industry, beginning with his enrollment in Sign and Pictorial Painters L.U. No. 1045 in 1972. He served a five-year  union apprenticeship and graduated as a Journeyman. He is a founding member of The Letterheads, a trade organization dedicated to education and the dissemination of traditional sign methods, principles and techniques. He has worked in all phases of the sign industry, including sign design, sign painting, billboard painting, mural painting and electrical sign design and fabrication. In addition, Oatis is the recipient of more than 60 international awards for excellence in sign design, including 11 first-place awards in the annual ST design competition, as well as awards from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design and the Themed Entertainment Association.

The Sign Painters screening at the Marjorie Barrick Museum on Sept. 10 takes place at 7:30 p.m. and is free. For the Sept. 16 panel discussion at the Neon Museum, doors open to the general public at 5:30 p.m. and the discussion, followed by a question-and-answer session, begins promptly at 6 p.m. Immediately following the panel, Faythe Levine and Sam Macon will sign copies of their book, “Sign Painters,” in the La Concha lobby. A cash bar serving wine, beer, soda and water will be available.

Admission for the Sept. 16 event is $12 per person and attendees must reserve their spot by registering at http://tinyurl.com/UnsignedHeroes. Available seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Museum Members receive free admission to the program and will receive a special link to pre-register before the general public. 

For more information about Times of the Signs events, go to www.NeonMuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby; the Neon Boneyard North Gallery, a separate outdoor exhibition space which is open for educational programs, photography shoots, weddings and special events; as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

Neon Museum Debuts North Gallery

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NEON MUSEUM DEBUTS NEON BONEYARD NORTH GALLERY

New Space Dedicated to Weddings, Private Events, Commercial Photo Shoots, Educational Programs

 

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Las Vegas’ most unique open-air wedding and event venue at the Neon Museum is now open. The new Neon Boneyard North Gallery is located on the museum’s downtown Las Vegas campus. At more than 3,100 square feet, the Neon Boneyard Annex and Outdoor Wedding Chapel contains approximately 60 rescued signs making their debut at the museum, including signs from Palms Casino Resort, New York-New York, Lady Luck and O’Shea’s. As with the original Neon Boneyard, the signs provide a picturesque backdrop not only for weddings and special events, but also commercial and commemorative photo shoots as well as educational programs.

A popular destination not only for events and weddings, but also photographers, film and production crews from around the world, the new space enables the museum to keep up with growing demand and the international attention the signs bring.

“This new space allows us to accommodate more photo shoots, special events and weddings without compromising our robust Neon Boneyard tour schedule,” says Danielle Kelly, executive director, Neon Museum.

For special events, the new space can accommodate 200 for a sit-down dinner and 300 for a cocktail reception. For brides and grooms seeking an extraordinarily distinctive backdrop for their nuptials, the space functions as a self-contained, open-air wedding chapel. The intimate scale of the annex and its secluded location make it perfect for private wedding ceremonies.

For more information about the Neon Museum’s tours, photo shoots and special events, go to www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, call (702) 387-6366 or visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

NEON MUSEUM NAMED ONE OF 2014 TOP 50 MUSEUMS WORTH TRAVELING FOR

NEON MUSEUM

NEON MUSEUM NAMED ONE OF 2014 TOP 50 MUSEUMS
WORTH TRAVELING FOR

Las Vegas Museum announced as one of 50 museums across the United States worth traveling for according to Flipkey.com, a TripAdvisor company

 

Flipkey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor, named the Neon Museum in Las Vegas one of the “Top 50 Museums Worth Traveling For.” FlipKey.com compiled the list by assembling the 50 most loved and talked-about museums in each U.S. state as determined by industry research and traveler feedback; the Neon Museum represents Nevada on the list.

Other museums on the list include The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif., The Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston.

Flipkey.com, named the “Top Vacation Rental Site” by Travel + Leisure, features 240,000 vacation homes in 11,000 cities around the world, the largest collection of authentic guest reviews in the industry and more than 5,000 special deals daily. A TripAdvisor company, FlipKey is visited by millions of travelers every month.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

NEON MUSEUM TO HOST “SIGN DESIGN: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE,” TUESDAY, APRIL 22

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NEON MUSEUM TO HOST “SIGN DESIGN: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE,” TUESDAY, APRIL 22

Panel Discussion Part of PRISM Times of the Signs Series Sponsored By CenturyLink

On Tuesday, April 22, the Neon Museum will host its next PRISM Times of the Signs event sponsored by CenturyLink, “Sign Designers: Past, Present and Future.”  Open to the public (reservations are required in advance), Times of the Signs programs take place in the famous Neon Boneyard and bring illuminating lectures, panel discussions, presentations or performances to the community.

Participants in the event, which will follow a panel discussion format, will be:

  • Rick Juleen, vice president, special projects, Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO)
  • Jim Gietzen, design director, YESCO
  • Brian Henry, owner, Brian Henry Design
  • Rudy Crisostomo, former sign designer, YESCO

Helga Watkins, associate professor of art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will serve as the evening’s moderator.

The event will begin with a meet-and-greet with the panelists for Neon Museum members only from 5 to 6 p.m. Doors open to the general public at 5:30 p.m. and the discussion, followed by a question-and-answer session, begins promptly at 6 p.m. A cash bar serving wine, beer, soda and water will be available.

Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to RSVP in advance via email to education@neonmuseum.org. Admission is free and museum members receive reserved section seating. For more information about Times of the Signs events, go to www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.

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ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM

Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.