The Neon Museum Announces Access Program For Low-Income Families

The Neon Museum Boneyard illuminates at dusk.
(Photo Courtesy of The Neon Museum)

THE NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES ACCESS PROGRAM FOR
LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Museums for All to Increase Accessibility of High-Quality Museum Learning Resources

 The Neon Museum announces it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits to visit The Neon Museum for a minimal fee of $3 per person, up to four people per party, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 500 museums across the country.

Museums for All is part of The Neon Museum’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences. Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. Las Vegas is a hub city for Museums For All, with four museums participating in the program. Las Vegas is also in the top 20 cities in terms of the number of participating museums.  More than 500 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 49 states.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT ASSOCIATION OF CHILDREN’S MUSEUMS (ACM)
The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) champions children’s museums worldwide. With more than 400 members in 49 states and 20 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.

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 USA Today’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 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. 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. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Restored Hard Rock Café Sign to be Illuminated for the First Time in the Neon Museum Boneyard, March 4

RESTORED HARD ROCK CAFÉ GUITAR SIGN TO BE ILLUMINATED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE NEON MUSEUM BONEYARD, MARCH 4

WHAT:
The newly restored, re-electrified Hard Rock Café guitar sign will be illuminated for the first time during a private event for museum donors and VIPs. The sign was divided into six pieces in order to be transported to the Neon Museum Boneyard from the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO). Prior to restoration by YESCO, the sign had been located in front of the Hard Rock Café for 27 years. In its new Boneyard home, it joins many other historical Las Vegas neon signs where its history can be shared with guests and visitors from around the world.

FAST FACTS:

  • The restoration took approximately 1,650-man hours to complete the rebuild and install.
  • The Hard Rock letters comprise up to 1,538, 10-watt clear incandescent light bulbs, spaced out 3-inches on center.
  • Neon colors used on the guitar were ruby red, clear red, 3500K white and gold II.
  • There are approximately 4,110 feet of neon tubing on the sign, equating to more than three-quarters of a mile and more than 700 individual neon units.
  • The footing of the sign required 648 cubic feet of concrete.
  • The area of the face of the sign is 800 square feet.
  • The largest of the six sections of the sign that had to be transported from YESCO to the Boneyard is the head, which measures 13-feet-six-inches; a special permit was required in order to transport the sign due to its height.
  • The neck section is 23-feet tall, and the body sections are between eight and 10 feet tall.

WHEN:
Monday, March 4
6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Neon Museum Boneyard
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. 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, home to the immersive audiovisual spectacle “Brilliant!” which uses technology advances to re-illuminate more than 40 non-operational signs; 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. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. The museum is located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit neonmuseum.org.

Neon Museum Announces Upcoming Education Programs

 

NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Neon Museum announces upcoming educational programs. Note some programs take place at the Neon Museum, located at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, while others take place at Ne10, the museum’s new warehouse and administrative space, located at 1001 West Bonanza Road on the campus of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

  • Aladdin’s March Magic, Saturday, March 17, 5 p.m., Neon Museum North Gallery and Boneyard, $5 per guest: During this event, which is most appropriate for children ages 5 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian, the “Genie” will perform a dramatic reading of the traditional version of the Aladdin folktale in the North Gallery. After story time, participants will make a magic “flying carpet” with paper and markers before “flying” their carpets into the Neon Boneyard in search of Aladdin’s lamp (rumored to be lost in Las Vegas). Then all will gather around to enjoy magic tricks performed by the Genie. Attendees will be encouraged to take photos beside Aladdin’s lamp and, finally, will receive a magical “wish jewel” to take home, along with their magic carpets. Reservations are required.
  • Junior Interpreter Tour, Saturday, March 24, April 21 and May 19, 9:30 a.m., Neon Museum Boneyard, $5 per guest and free for children 6 and younger: Guided by middle- and high-school-age interpreters, participants learn about sign history, the advertising and promotional purpose behind signage, as well as the technology involved in creating signs. While touching the signs on display is not permitted, children are invited to handle flexible plastic tubing, which serves as a child-safe stand-in for glass neon tubing. To commemorate their adventure children also receive a “Boneyard Passport,” which gets stamped at certain points during the tour. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Times of the Signs Lecture with Alan Hess, Wednesday, May 9, 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. lecture, Ne10 Studio, free admission; no registration required: A half-century after three Yale professors famously brought their students west to learn from Las Vegas, the city remains an object of scholarly curiosity, ambivalence and infatuation. Alan Hess marks the 50th anniversary of the “Learning from Las Vegas” survey by reviewing what they learned in 1968, how Las Vegas evolved and why it is even more important today to the evolution of modern architecture and planning. This project is funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
  • Contemporary Dance Performance by Rachel Erdos, Tuesday, May 15, Ne10 Studio: Erdos is an award-winning independent choreographer based in Tel Aviv, whose work has been shown in some of the prestigious performing arts venues, including The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Opera House in London. She will be in Las Vegas as part of her U.S. tour and will perform her work, “Castle.”

For more information or to make reservations, go to www.neonmuseum.org/happenings.

 

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 Hosts Holiday Family Events Saturday, Dec. 9

MERRY AND BRIGHT IN LAS VEGAS: NEON MUSEUM HOSTS HOLIDAY FAMILY EVENTS SATURDAY, DEC. 9

 This year, families have a variety of festive reasons to attend the Neon Museum’s annual “December to Remember” holiday celebration, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. It begins with ornament-making from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by hot chocolate and caroling by Las Vegas Academy choir in the colorfully illuminated Neon Museum Boneyard from 5 to 6 p.m. “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.

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,” the Gold Winner in the Las Vegas Museums category in Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas poll, 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 Holiday Events, Family Photo Shoot Opportunities

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MERRY AND BRIGHT IN VEGAS: NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY
PHOTO SESSIONS FOR FAMILIES, HOLIDAY EVENTS

Holiday photo mini-sessions in North Gallery offered Saturday,
Nov. 19

Annual December to Remember family events and Junior Interpreter
Tour on Dec. 17

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For the very first time, the Neon Museum is offering an opportunity to book mini-photo sessions, especially for family holiday photos. On Saturday, Nov. 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., families can book a 15-minute photo session in the North Gallery for $150. The price includes the photographer’s rate and up to five select digital images delivered via email following the session. Mini-sessions must be prepaid in advance, space is limited, and up to 10 people may attend family photo shoots. For reservations please email info@neonmuseum.org and mention the “Mini Holiday Shoot” in the email.  Additional photos and holiday cards will also be available through the photographer.

This year, families have a variety of festive reasons to attend the Neon Museum’s annual “December to Remember” holiday celebration, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. It begins with ornament-making in the Boneyard Park and family photo ops with Santa in the North Gallery from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by hot chocolate and caroling by Las Vegas Academy choir in the colorfully illuminated Neon Museum Boneyard from 5 to 6 p.m. “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.

In addition, a Junior Interpreter tour for families with children ($5 per person, reservations required at www.neonmuseum.org) will be offered that day in the Neon Museum Boneyard from 3 to 3:45 p.m., plus Neon Museum members will have exclusive access to the Neon Boneyard from 4 to 5 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 Panel Explores Family Friendly Vegas of the 90s, Oct. 18

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY LAS VEGAS OF THE 1990s TO BE FOCUS OF
UPCOMING NEON MUSEUM PANEL DISCUSSION

Times of the Signs Lecture Series Event to Be Held Oct. 18

 Las Vegas? A family destination? That was the idea for a few, fleeting years back in the 1990s. On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Neon Museum Boneyard will host “Family Friendly Las Vegas in the ‘90s,” a Times of the Signs Lecture Series event. Amidst a building boom of fancifully themed resorts—think Luxor, Excalibur, Treasure Island and MGM Grand with its original “Wizard of Oz” motif—Las Vegas developers seemed intent on transforming the city into an “adult Disneyland” whose features would appeal to the kids, too.  The program is sponsored by CenturyLink and partially funded by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council.

Panelists will explore how and why Las Vegas reimagined itself as a family destination, which included not only resorts, but also kid-friendly shows, amusement parks, arcades and other attractions. Over the course of the event, they will assess the impact and legacy of this brief but high-profile era of development on today’s Las Vegas.

Author and journalist Geoff Schumacher, director of content, The Mob Museum, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include David G. Schwartz, Ph.D., director of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV; Diana Tracy Cohen, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Central Connecticut State University; and Michael Wardle, painter and sculptor of the Luxor sphinx, among other Las Vegas projects.

About Geoff Schumacher
A journalist for 25 years, Schumacher now creates exhibits, acquires artifacts, develops educational programs, and serves as a historical source for media outlets. Previously, he was a reporter and city editor for numerous Las Vegas newspapers and culminated his newspaper career as publisher of the Ames (Iowa) Tribune. He is the author of “Sun, Sin & Suburbia: The History of Modern Las Vegas” and “Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue.” Vegas Seven magazine recognized Schumacher in its 2016 Best of the City edition for his dedication to Las Vegas history.

About David G. Schwartz
In addition to directing UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research, Atlantic City native Schwartz teaches history, writes about gaming and hospitality for Vegas Seven and had written several books. He was named the 2014 Trippies Las Vegas Person of the Year in recognition of his contributions to the study of gambling and Las Vegas.

About Diana Tracy Cohen
Cohen’s scholarly interests include sport, leisure, and gender politics. Her research has also appeared in the Sociology of Sport Journal, International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, and New England Journal of Political Science. Diana served as a UNLV 2012-2013 Eadington Fellow in Gaming Research, where she investigated the rise and fall of the “family-friendly” Las Vegas marketing era.

About Michael Wardle
Michael Wardle is a professional artist whose work has encompassed figure painting, bronze sculpture, abstract paintings and murals for hotels and large homes in Las Vegas, as well as across the United States and in Mexico. One of his major hotel projects included sculpting the head of the Sphinx at the Luxor in Las Vegas. His work is represented in hundreds of private and public collections across the United States and abroad.

Admission is $10 per person and registration is required. The event is free for Neon Museum members and $5 for Mob Museum Members. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be present. To reserve your ticket, 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, 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.[/fusion_text]