The Neon Museum Continues “Love Our Vegas (LOV)” Through June 30

 

THE NEON MUSEUM CONTINUES “LOVE OUR VEGAS (LOV)” WITH $10 NEVADA RESIDENT TICKETS THROUGH JUNE 30

WHAT:
The Neon Museum is offering Nevada residents a special “Love Our Vegas (LOV)” admission ticket through June 30. Admission tickets to The Neon Boneyard or its nighttime projection-mapping spectacle, “Brilliant!” are available for just $10 each.

New public health protocols in place:

  • No-touch digital forehead thermometers are being used to screen staff and guests.
  • Limited number of people are admitted into the museum to account for social distancing.
  • New protective equipment is installed at the museum’s front desk.
  • All staff wear face masks and gloves.
  • All frequently touched surfaces are wiped down at least once an hour.

WHEN:
Now through June 30
Check www.neonmuseum.org for opening hours and prices.

WHERE:
The Neon Museum
700 Las Vegas Boulevard North
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 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 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. For more information about The Neon Museum, visit www.neonmuseum.org and follow its Twitter and Instagram pages.

The Neon Museum’s Boneyard Now Available as Zoom Background

One of 11 Neon Museum Zoom backgrounds now available for download at www.neonmuseum.org.=
(Screenshot courtesy of The Neon Museum) 

THE NEON MUSEUM’S NEON BONEYARD NOW AVAILABLE AS ZOOM BACKGROUND

 

For every traveler who misses Las Vegas and for locals who want to celebrate their hometown, The Neon Museum now offers custom Zoom backgrounds. Las Vegas lovers can virtually immerse themselves in the city’s colorful history with 11 vibrant museum images, whose sizes and compositions make ideal, readymade Zoom backdrops.

Images are posted here. To make them a Zoom background:

  1. Click on the image to download it to your computer.
  2. Log into Zoom account and navigate to Account Settings.
  3. Select “Virtual Background” and then choose the “+” icon to upload the desired image as your background.
  4. Deselect “Mirror My Video” so the image displays correctly.

Share a screenshot of you and your Neon Museum background on social media using @NeonMuseum (Facebook/Twitter) and @TheNeonMuseumLasVegas (Instagram).

Reopening
The Neon Museum now has tickets available for purchase on its website for visits starting May 22. All Nevada residents special “Love Our Vegas (LOV)” $10 admission tickets for a limited time.

Visitors to the Neon Boneyard will also be able to see the recently re-lamped and electrified Stardust sign, as well as the four Tim Burton art works on ongoing exhibition in the Neon Boneyard: Lost Vegas Sign Tower, Neon Wall Grid, Betelgeuse sign and Guns “N” Booze.

When the museum opens its doors, it will have new public health protocols in place:

  • No-touch digital forehead thermometers will be used to screen staff and guests.
  • The number of people admitted into the museum will be limited to account for social distancing.
  • New protective equipment will be installed at the museum’s front desk.
  • All staff will be provided with face masks and gloves.
  • All frequently touched surfaces will be wiped down at least once an hour.

The locals’ admission rate of $10 applies to general admission and “Brilliant!”, which must be purchased as two separate experiences. For more information about The Neon Museum, visit www.neonmuseum.org and follow its Twitter and Instagram pages.

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.

The Stardust Letters Have Been Re-lamped And Are Illuminated At The Neon Museum

Stardust letters relamped with more than 1,100 bulbs.
Photo Courtesy of The Neon Museum.

 THE STARDUST LETTERS HAVE BEEN RE-LAMPED AND ARE
ILLUMINATED IN THE NEON MUSEUM BONEYARD

The monumental Stardust letters—one of The Neon Museum’s most iconic Neon Boneyard sign exhibits—have been re-lamped and are now illuminated daily. These letters join the growing number of restored and illuminated Las Vegas neon signs on display in the Boneyard.

To re-lamp the eight, letters, which range in height from 14 to 18-feet, Hartlauer Signs used more than 1,100 energy-efficient, 3-watt cold cathode compact fluorescent (CCFL) bulbs. Their original location on the building and the year they were put on it are currently unknown. The sign originally used 25-watt incandescent bulbs. In the course of this partial restoration, Hartlauer Signs found flashers, electrical devices enabling the oscillating effect associated with bulbed signs. Now, visitors to the Boneyard can see the Stardust illuminated just how it appeared when it last functioned on the Las Vegas Strip.

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. Click here for tour schedules and pricing information. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum Extended Through April 12

Tim Burton at the Neon Museum
with his Pirates installation
(Photo Courtesy Denise Truscello for the Neon Museum)

LOST VEGAS: TIM BURTON @ THE NEON MUSEUM,” PRESENTED BY THE ENGELSTAD FOUNDATION, EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 12, 2020

Burton to Return to Las Vegas Jan. 21 to Sign Copies of Newly Available Exhibition Catalog

 As a result of ongoing demand, Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum presented by the Engelstad Foundation, has been extended through April 12, 2020. Burton will return to the exhibit on Tuesday, Jan. 21 beginning at 1:30 p.m. to sign copies of the brand-new exhibition catalogue “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum” ($29.95), as well as his books “The Art of Tim Burton”($75) and “The Napkin Art of Tim Burton: things you think about in a bar” ($19.99). Advance registration for the book-signing is required and may be done at www.neonmuseum.org beginning Jan. 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. P.S.T.

Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum comprises sculptural and digital installations that celebrate Burton’s links to Las Vegas and its historical neon heritage. These artworks, many of which are site-specific creations, are displayed in the Neon Boneyard and incorporated into Brilliant!, the museum’s permanent projection mapping North Gallery installation. Works play with the museum’s landmark sign collection, which was prominently featured in Burton’s 1996 film Mars Attacks! This irreverent homage to the sci-fi B-movies of the 1950s and 1960s and the disaster films of the 1970s unleashed gleefully destructive alien invaders upon gamblers, casino workers and Tom Jones. The presentation of Burton’s art in Las Vegas represents a unique experience where the host institution also serves as creative inspiration. The museum’s distinctive campus has been transformed through the artist’s singular vision for this original exhibition of new work as well as previously exhibited pieces.

Tim Burton is widely regarded as one of cinema’s most imaginative and visual filmmakers. He has achieved both critical and financial success in the live-action and animation genres. Burton’s accomplishments in filmmaking are a consequence of his artistic eye. Long before becoming a director, he expressed himself through drawing and painting, which also became an integral part of his creative process. Burton’s past exhibitions have drawn millions of patrons around the world in cities such as Melbourne, Los Angeles, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, São Paulo and Mexico City. His exhibition at MoMA in New York City drew over 800,000 visitors, making it the third most attended exhibition ever.

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. Click here for tour schedules and pricing information. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Beloved Ugly Duckling Sign at Neon Museum Boneyard Now Restored, Electrified

 

THE UGLY DUCKLING RETURNS TO THE NEON MUSEUM BONEYARD AFTER RESTORATION 

WHAT:
The whimsical Ugly Duckling sign has returned home to the Neon Museum’s Boneyard after receiving extensive restoration and refurbishment. The popular, double-sided sign has been re-electrified in all its glory for the public to enjoy during boneyard admission hours.

Originating at Ugly Duckling Car Sales on East Fremont Street, the sign greeted motorists and passersby, becoming a well-known landmark. The roadside pylon dates back to the 1990s and conjures nostalgia for many Las Vegas locals. The Ugly Duckling has been present at the Boneyard since the Neon Museum’s grand opening in October 2012 and is now located close to the entrance of the boneyard next to the La Concha motel sign.

FAST FACTS:

  • The restoration took approximately 136-man hours to complete.
  • The total amount of neon replaced encompassed four 50-pound cases totaling approximately 800 linear feet of glass ordered for replacement.

 

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 Dates for Hot Yoga in the Boneyard

Yogis practicing vinyasa flow in the Boneyard at the Neon Museum
(Photo courtesy of the Neon Museum) 

NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES DATES FOR HOT YOGA IN THE BONEYARD 

 

The Neon Museum announces its summer 2019 Hot Yoga in the Boneyard calendar schedule. Taught by Certified Instructor Eileen Lorraine, the one-hour sessions will take place over the course of three months from 7 to 8 p.m. on the Neon Museum’s outdoor patio: June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.

Each 60-minute flowing vinyasa style class is appropriate for every experience level from beginner to advanced practitioner. Las Vegas-inspired beats will play during the course of each session held in the shaded portion of the Neon Boneyard. Anticipated temperatures will be 100 degrees or higher and participants should bring plenty of water, a yoga mat, towel, and any other desired yoga equipment.

Each class is restricted to individuals 18 years and older with an invitation to teenagers starting at age 16 who are accompanied by a guardian. Waivers will be issued prior to the start of each class.

Yoga classes are $18 for the public and $10 for Neon Museum members. Space is limited so make sure to sign up here 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, 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. Click here for tour schedules and pricing information. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Neon Museum Announces Neon2020 Expansion Plan, Acquires Reed Whipple Cultural Center

 

Rendering of Ne10, formerly Reed Whipple Cultural Center, from current

Neon Museum campus.

(Rendering courtesy of the Neon Museum)

NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEON2020 EXPANSION PLAN, ACQUIRES REED WHIPPLE CULTURAL CENTER

 

 

The Neon Museum announces the next phase of development: Neon2020. The centerpiece of this project involves the acquisition of the shuttered Reed Whipple Cultural Center, which sits directly across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Neon Boneyard.

 

This 32,000-square-foot addition doubles the size of the museum’s presence on Las Vegas Boulevard and will provide space for an indoor gallery, storage space for its ever-growing collection of vintage Las Vegas signs, as well as space for classrooms and future administrative offices. Remodeling will commence this summer and the first phase of completion is slated for first quarter of 2020. The building will be named Ne10, representing neon’s chemical symbol, Ne, and atomic number, 10.

 

A second component of the project will see the Neon Boneyard expanded upward, taking shape as a 30-foot-high grid structure on its northern end. With ground space at a premium in and around the Boneyard, this grid will allow the museum to display more signs above the ground.  Electrified signs slated for exhibition on this grid include the Las Vegas Club, Binion’s and other classic designs.

 

“The Neon Museum has been a wonderfully successful addition to downtown, the city’s cultural center,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “This expansion will allow the museum to continue its important work of preserving the city’s history through our iconic neon signs.”

 

“We are grateful to the City of Las Vegas, which continues to be a strategic partner in the museum’s continued development,” said Rob McCoy, president and chief executive officer, Neon Museum. “In addition to a long-term lease, the City is also providing a generous $2.2 million grant to help support ongoing operational costs, enabling us to offer more exhibition and education opportunities for the public. As always, we extend heartfelt thanks to our members and supporters for continuing to make the Neon Museum the Crown Jewel of Las Vegas!”

 

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 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. Click here for tour schedules and pricing information. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Restored Hard Rock Café Guitar Sign Illuminated for the First Time in the Neon Boneyard

 

RESTORED HARD ROCK CAFÉ GUITAR SIGN ILLUMINATED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE NEON MUSEUM BONEYARD

WHAT:
The newly restored, re-electrified Hard Rock Café guitar sign was illuminated for the first time during a private event for museum donors and VIPs. The sign was divided into six pieces (see photos of all six pieces here) 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.

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 2019 National Artist in Residence Call for Entries

 

 

 

 

 

NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES 2019 NATIONAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
CALL FOR ENTRIES

Deadline for entry is Feb. 1, 2019

 The Neon Museum announces a call for entries for its 2019 National Artist Residency. Now in its fourth year, the Neon Museum National Residency offers a U.S.-based contemporary artist or group of artists the opportunity to explore and interpret the Neon Museum’s historic collection within a broader cultural context nationwide. During the winning candidate’s tenure in Las Vegas, the local community will have multiple opportunities to engage with the artist and their work. The residency was made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

“The residency opportunity follows the successful collaboration the museum enjoyed with artist and experiential designer Craig Winslow earlier this year,” explained Rob McCoy, president and chief executive officer, Neon Museum. “Winslow incorporated his eye-popping, video-mapping technology to reanimate 40 nonoperational signs in the light-and-sound spectacle, ‘Brilliant!’ which is now presented nightly for our visitors in the North Gallery. We encourage other artists to consider how contemporary artistry and technology might be used to enhance our collection as well as the public’s appreciation of its nuances.”

The successful entrant will be selected based on demonstrated artistic excellence, quality and clarity of the proposal, quality and benefit of the proposed public program and demonstrated ability to complete the project within the allotted schedule. Upon completion of the residency, the museum requests the artist contribute a mutually agreed-upon artwork to the museum’s collection.

The residency spans eight weeks, with some flexibility between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2019. For the successful candidate, the Neon Museum will provide:

  • $3,000 stipend plus a modest budget for materials, if required.
  • $800 travel allowance.
  • Living accommodations for eight weeks in downtown Las Vegas.
  • A 1,000-square-foot studio space inside the museum’s 10,000-square-foot Ne10 Studio; this space is climate-controlled (essential during Las Vegas summers) and has a ceiling height of 19 feet.
  • Access to the museum’s sign collection and archives, marketing and publicity support, photographic documentation and staffing to assisting with administering the public portion of the program.

Eligible artists must live in the United States and work in the field of visual arts (including two- and three-dimensional work as well as digital and video art), performance or sound and be over the age of 18. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Click here for application instructions.

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 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. Click here for tour schedules and pricing information. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tim Burton Art Exhibition Coming to Neon Museum, October 2019

 

 

NEON MUSEUM TO HOST TIM BURTON EXHIBITION

Exhibition to Open October 2019

 

 For the first time in nearly a decade, renowned American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator Tim Burton will stage an exhibition of his original fine art in the United States. Installed at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, “Tim Burton @ the Neon Museum” will be staged at multiple locations: the museum’s outdoor Boneyard exhibition space, in its North Gallery and at the City of Las Vegas’ Boneyard Park across from the museum’s visitor’s center. The exhibition will comprise a combination of new work as well as previously exhibited pieces and will be on view from October 15, 2019, through February 15, 2020.

Created to take advantage of the museum’s unique open-air exhibition spaces, the large-scale installation works will be integrated with the museum’s collection. Burton intends for the exhibition to serve as a retrospective of his own creative history, as well as a celebration of his affection for the Neon Museum. Conceived as a collaboration with the museum, it will be genuinely site-specific and unlike any other exhibition Burton has ever staged.

“To say we’re flattered that Mr. Burton has chosen our museum for this exhibition would be an understatement,” said Rob McCoy, president and chief executive officer, Neon Museum. “But when you think about it, Tim is one of the few artists who can match the great imagination of Las Vegas.”

Credited with bringing the first worldwide attention to the Neon Museum’s collection in his film Mars Attacks! (1996), Burton’s exhibitions have drawn millions of patrons around the world in cities such as Melbourne, Los Angeles, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, São Paulo and Mexico City.  His exhibition at MoMA in New York City drew over 800,000 visitors, making it the third most attended exhibition ever.

ABOUT TIM BURTON
Tim Burton, director and artist, is widely regarded as one of cinema’s most imaginative and visual filmmakers. He has achieved both critical and financial success in the live-action and animation genres. Burton’s accomplishments in filmmaking are a consequence of his artistic eye. Long before becoming a director, Burton expressed himself through drawing and painting, which also became an integral part of his creative process.

In 2015, Burton released The Napkin Art of Tim Burton, a book of sketches, doodled on napkins he had collected from his travels.  It is a look in the mind of a man who is always on the road, and ever observant of the strange world around him.  The book is a mini-companion to his 2009 release, The Art of Tim Burton, a 430-page volume comprising more than 40 years of his personal and project artwork. In November of that year, the Museum of Modern Art opened an extensive exhibition of his work in New York, which went on to tour in Melbourne, Toronto, Los Angeles, Paris, and Seoul. A new version of his exhibition, The World of Tim Burton, has been presented in Prague, Tokyo, Osaka, Brühl, São Paulo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Genk, and continues to tour internationally. In 1997, he published the beloved illustrated series of poetry called The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories. 

Burton’s most recent directorial work, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), is based on the visually arresting novel of the same name, which winds its story around a collection of vintage photographs.  Its characters and imagery are brought to life in Burton’s unique adaptation. 

Burton’s previous project, Big Eyes (2014), for which Amy Adams received a Golden Globe, is a confluence of his two passions—film and art.

Perhaps his greatest industry achievement is helping to reinvigorate the stop-motion industry, starting with his 1993 creation and cult classic Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas; and followed by the 2005 Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and 2012’s Frankenweenie, both Academy Award and BAFTA–nominated films. He has also produced James and the Giant Peach and 9.

Other film milestones include Alice in Wonderland (2010), which won two Academy Awards, and earned more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Burton has won a National Board of Review award for his directing work on 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which also won the Golden Globe for Best Film–Musical or Comedy, and Best Actor–Musical or Comedy for Johnny Depp. He earlier received a BAFTA nomination for Best Director for the 2003 fantasy drama Big Fish. His most critically acclaimed film, the 1994 Ed Wood, won two Oscars, a Golden Globe, and two BAFTA nominations.

He has a dedicated following, notably for classic features such as his 1985 directorial debut and unexpected comedic hit, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure; the 1988 wildly inventive Beetlejuice; the action blockbuster Batman (1989); and its 1992 follow-up Batman Returns.

Arguably his most beloved film is the 1990 romantic fantasy Edward Scissorhands—directed, co-written and produced by Burton. The film also marked the start of his successful cinematic partnership with Johnny Depp, who delivered a poignant performance in the title role.

Other directorial projects include Dark Shadows (2012), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Planet of the Apes (2001), Sleepy Hollow (1999), and Mars Attacks! (1996).

He has produced several other films including Alice Through the Looking Glass, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Cabin Boy, Batman Forever, and directed two music videos for The Killers.

Burton grew up in Burbank, California and attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he studied character animation, before joining the animation department at Disney. While at the studio, he directed the 1982 stop-motion animated short film Vincent, narrated by Vincent Price. He also directed the 1983 kung fu–inspired short film adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, and the 1984 live-action short film Frankenweenie.

Burton’s next film, Dumbo, a live-action reimagining of the Disney animation classic opens in theaters on March 29, 2019.

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 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. Click here for tour schedules and pricing information. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Holiday Family Photo Sessions Offered at Neon Museum, Nov. 17

Photo courtesy Canyon Ridge Photography

HOLIDAY MINI-PHOTO PACKAGES OFFERED AT NEON MUSEUM,
NOV. 17, FOR JUST $150

With its iconic collection full of varicolored, vintage signs, the Neon Museum offers a unique and vibrant backdrop for holiday photos. Especially for the holiday season, the museum will offer 15-minute mini-photo packages in its picturesque North Gallery on Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For just $150, these holiday packages include a professional photographer’s fee, up to 10 guests per shoot and up to five select, high-resolution digital images delivered electronically following the session. Images may be used for holiday cards, personal display and social media. Reservations and payment must be paid in advance. For reservations, please email photoshoots@neonmuseum.org and mention the “Holiday mini-shoot” in the email. Additional photos and cards will also be available for purchase directly through the photographer.

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.

Neon Museum to Host Specially Priced Mini-Photo Shoots to Celebrate 6th Birthday, Oct. 27

 

NEON MUSEUM TO HOST SPECIALLY PRICED MINI-PHOTO SHOOTS TO
CELEBRATE SIXTH BIRTHDAY, OCT. 27

With its iconic collection full of varicolored, vintage signs, the Neon Museum offers a unique and vibrant backdrop for photo and video shoots of all kinds. To celebrate the museum’s birthday, Saturday, Oct. 27, the public is invited to take advantage of a limited opportunity to schedule specially priced, 15-minute photo shoots in the world-famous Boneyard—the very same one that has lured famous performers, film producers and internationally known fashion magazines for years.

From 12 to 4:30 p.m., couples and families can book mini-photo sessions for just $150 in the museum’s picturesque North Gallery. This rate includes a professional photographer’s fee; guests who book the photo shoot may include up to 10 people in the shoot and will receive up to five select digital images delivered via email following the session. Reservations and payment must be paid in advance. For reservations, please email photoshoots@neonmuseum.org and mention the “Celebration Shoot” in the email. Additional photos and cards will also be available for purchase directly through the photographer.

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.

Neon Museum Hosts Launch of Las Vegas Artist James Stanford’s Book, Shimmering Zen, October 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Artist James Stanford; Molecular Space, Binions 

NEON MUSEUM TO HOST LAUNCH OF LAS VEGAS ARTIST JAMES STANFORD’S BOOK, “SHIMMERING ZEN,” SATURDAY, OCT. 13, AT NE10 

Artist’s Digitally Rendered Mandalas Based on Photographs of Historic
Las Vegas Signs and Structures 

 

 For the first time in North America, Las Vegas Artist James Stanford will introduce his book, “Shimmering Zen” from Smallworks Press, at the Neon Museum’s Ne10 Studio on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Neon Museum President and Chief Executive Officer Rob McCoy will join Stanford for the discussion. A book signing will follow.

A Nevada native and Zen Buddhist, Stanford creates and manipulates digital photographs of vintage Las Vegas neon signs and architectural elements from the 1950s and ‘60s using purpose-specific technology. The resulting conceptually complex and visually captivating images invite contemplation of both spiritual and material realities. Stanford’s work represents an interpretation of the ancient traditions of Buddhism, drawing from historic metaphor, Chinese fable and the aesthetics of the mandala, a ritual and spiritual symbol used in both Buddhism and Hinduism to represent the universe.

“Applying modern technology to images of derelict neon signs, while incorporating the artifice of perfect symmetry, allows me to create these spiritual objects of meditation,” explains Stanford.

A large-format, hardback compilation of 150 of Stanford’s art works created over the last 15 years, “Shimmering Zen” offers insight into the artist’s creative process. In addition to these works, the book includes original images of the signs that inspired him and nostalgic tales of his life growing up in Las Vegas.

“Vintage neon signs inspire people from around the world every day who visit our Neon Museum Boneyard or see our spectacular, augmented-reality experience, ‘Brilliant,’” says McCoy. “We’ve never seen anyone accomplish what James has done, however, with these stunning works of art. They’re absolutely mesmerizing.”

The “Shimmering Zen” North American launch event at Ne10 is free to the public with books available for purchase and signing; a cash bar will also be available.

ABOUT JAMES STANFORD
Washington (MFA) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) (BFA) and also practices photography, digital illustration and drawing. Dedicated to creativity and the fine arts, he has taught at UNLV and UW, established the Smallworks Gallery/Lost Vegas, and curated exhibitions at various venues, including the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center. Stanford also served as the Arts Commission Chairman of the City of Las Vegas and later President of the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center. Stanford’s recent exhibition at Asia Art in London and the release of his book, Shimmering Zen, at The London Library, to create new and innovative art. Due to the success of Shimmering Zen, he has further broadened the scope Smallworks Press, a small publishing company specializing in books on arts and culture.  He currently lives and works in Las Vegas.

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. Click here for tour schedules and pricing information. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  

Neon Museum Restores Silver Slipper Sign Paint Color to Original Silver, Gold, Blue

 

NEON MUSEUM RESTORES SILVER SLIPPER SIGN PAINT COLOR TO
ORIGINAL SILVER, GOLD, BLUE

The Silver Slipper, one of the Neon Museum’s most iconic signs installed in the median on Las Vegas Boulevard North, has been restored to its original color combination as the result of a recent repainting.

Long familiar to passersby for its metallic, bulb-studded upper and bright-red sole and insole, the Silver Slipper was, in fact, painted silver, gold and blue when it first appeared on the building of its famed casino in the mid-1950s. It remained that way into the early 60s. Today, travelers along the stretch of road between Sahara Avenue and Washington Avenue, which is a designated National Scenic Byway, will see those original colors once again.

“The City of Las Vegas is in the process of touching up paint and repairing lighting fixtures on each of our signs on the National Scenic Byway,” explains Tracey Sprague, collections manager, Neon Museum. “While the Silver Slipper was indeed painted silver, gold and red during the latter part of its tenure at the casino, returning it to its original hue gives a chance to celebrate the earlier part of its history.”

The blue color selected by the museum team for the new paint scheme was chosen following a color match with photographs of the sign from the 50s into the early 60s.

One of nine restored and operational signs included in the Neon Museum’s Las Vegas Signs Project, the Silver Slipper sits just west of the Neon Museum Boneyard and is frequently photographed by museum visitors; it appears particularly attractive at dusk against the backdrop of the desert sunset. Other signs in the Las Vegas Signs Project showcased on the National Scenic Byway include the Caballero from the Hacienda Hotel and Casino at Fremont Street, Bow & Arrow Motel and Binion’s Horseshoe near the La Concha Visitors’ Center at the McWilliams Avenue intersection and Society Cleaners, the Lucky Cuss Motel and the Normandie Motel at the Ogden Street intersection. Additionally, the Las Vegas Signs Project includes the 5th Street Liquor sign at Garces Street and Casino Center Boulevard and the Landmark Hotel sign, installed on Paradise Road near the site of the imploded casino.

Reservations are recommended for all Neon Museum tours and may be booked online 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.

Neon Museum Welcomes Record Number of Visitors, Adds Tour Options

 

NEON MUSEUM SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD
INTRODUCES SELF-GUIDED, GENERAL ADMISSION TOURS

Fresh off its fiscal year where a record 200,000 people visited the museum, the Neon Museum has once again expanded its offerings. A new general admission ticket, where visitors can take self-guided tours during daytime hours, has been introduced in an effort to meet public demand. Museum historical interpreters stationed around the exhibition area are available to answer questions while guests are free to explore the more than 200 signs on display at their own pace. General admission tours are currently offered during the day, with available times posted at www.NeonMuseum.com.

“Turning people away from the museum, which was happening on a daily basis, was not an option for us. General Admission is designed to meet the overwhelming demand from visitors who want to see Nevada’s crown jewel,” explained Rob McCoy, Neon Museum president and chief executive officer. “Our visitation is up 58 percent year over year, yet we were still unable to accommodate everyone who came to our doors. While we continue to offer guided tours, and will always offer that option, offering the self-guided experience allows us to host more visitors than we could do with guided tours alone.”

Guests on guided tours spend 45 minutes to an hour learning about the history of sign design and the resorts and businesses they advertised. During the heat of the summer months, guided tours are offered beginning in the early evening continuing through midnight. In addition, this year the museum added “Brilliant!”—the audiovisual, augmented-reality light-and-sound experience that uses projection mapping technology to re-animate 40 non-working signs in the museum’s North Gallery. Brilliant! is showing four times nightly and has also increased capacity to meet demand.

Reservations are recommended for all Neon Museum tours and may be booked online 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.

Neon Museum Hosts Grammy Recording Artist Michelle Jones, Benefiting Hard Rock Café Guitar Sign Restoration

 

NEON MUSEUM’S NE10 TO HOST “SIPS, SIGNS AND STRINGS,” A FUNDRAISER FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE HARD ROCK GUITAR SIGN, TUESDAY, JUNE 19

WHAT:

Join GRAMMY Recording Artist and concert LED rock violinist, Michelle Jones, for a night of her unique violin performance for an electrifying cause at “Sips, Signs & Strings.” Sip libations and enjoy hors d’oeuvres provided by the evening’s sponsors, Cut and Taste and Events with a Twist, amidst rarely seen historic signs at the Neon Museum’s new indoor studio and exhibition space, Ne10.

WHO:
Jones will perform the music of many Las Vegas legends, as well as that of classic and modern rock and pop artists on her signature lighted LED violin with LaserBow. She performs regularly on the globe’s great stages, including Hard Rock Live venues around the world. Jones also serves as president and band leader of Violectric, Inc., a band that fuses the passion and beauty of classical string instruments with the excitement of cutting-edge modern technology and effects.  With Violectric, Jones has opened for acts including Josh Groban, SIA, Twenty-One Pilots, Adam Levine, Huey Lewis and the News, Katharine McPhee and Rascal Flatts. As a composer, Jones has scored and recorded music for several short films, full-length documentary films and television and radio commercials that have aired nationally and internationally. Jones is heavily active in philanthropic causes and is donating her performance at Ne10 to the Neon Museum to help raise funds for its Hard Rock Café guitar sign restoration campaign.

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 19
6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Neon Museum’s Ne10 Studio
1001 West Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, NV 89106

COST:
$50

RESERVATIONS:
For more information, to reserve tickets and download a map to Ne10, go to http://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 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.

Between Heaven and Earth, an Exhibition of the Blue Angel Motel Sign at Neon Museum’s NE10 Studio, May 24 – July 6

 

BLUE ANGEL: BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH, AN EXHIBITION OF THE BLUE ANGEL MOTEL SIGN AT NEON MUSEUM’S NE10 STUDIO,
MAY 24 – JULY 6

 

The Neon Museum announces, “Blue Angel: Between Heaven and Earth,” the limited-time exhibition of the iconic Blue Angel Motel sign at its new Ne10 Studio, located at 1001 West Bonanza Road on the Las Vegas Review-Journal campus, beginning May 24. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Desert Space Foundation with support from the City of Las Vegas Mayor’s Office, as well as the City of Las Vegas Centennial Committee, which will fund the Blue Angel’s restoration.

The classic mid-century Blue Angel hovered above the Blue Angel Motel from circa 1957 until its removal for restoration by the City of Las Vegas in 2017. Designed by beloved local sign designer Betty Willis, who received worldwide attention for creating the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, the Blue Angel will reemerge for this temporary exhibit at the Neon Museum’s Ne10 Studio before undergoing restoration.

The Angel will be surrounded by signs from the Neon Museum collection and featured alongside Blue Angel-inspired images by multiple artists, including Joshua Abbey, Jonnie Anderson, Robert Beckman, Montana Black, Jeff Fey, Emily Fromm, Nancy Good, Myles Jablin, Sean Jones, Bryan McCormick, Jerry Misko, Wade Schuster, James Stanford and Mikayla Whitmore.

For many local residents, as well as artists participating in this exhibition, the Blue Angel represents a guardian angel of sorts for Las Vegas. Displaying the figure in preparation for its restoration was conceived as a sign of renewal, hope and healing for the city, especially in the aftermath of the 1 October tragedy.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ne10. The exhibition will be free and open to the public Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. from May 25 through July 6.

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.

ABOUT THE DESERT SPACE FOUNDATION
The Desert Space Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 that was created to promote and preserve the art of Rita Deanin Abbey. Desert Space Foundation also produces the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival, which will mark its 18th year in January 2019.

Graduation Photos Available in Neon Museum North Gallery, April 21

Mini-Shot Session (Photo Courtesy of the Neon Museum)

VIBRANT GRADUATION PHOTOS AVAILABLE IN NEON MUSEUM

NORTH GALLERY

 

 With bright colors and Las Vegas nostalgia, the Neon Museum offers graduates and their families a unique and vibrant backdrop for a special 15-minute mini-shoot with a professional photographer on Saturday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests who book the photo shoot may include up to 10 people in the shoot and will receive up to five select digital images delivered via email following the session. Reservations and payment must be paid in advance. For reservations, please email photoshoots@neonmuseum.org and mention the “Mini Graduation Shoot” in the email. Additional photos and cards will also be available for purchase directly through the photographer.

 

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.