It’s hard to miss the casinos when exploring Las Vegas, particularly as there are 104 of them! The first casino was built in 1931 and since then hundreds have come and gone. And yet some of the most iconic and memorable parts of the casinos have been their signage. Where do the signs go when a casino in Vegas is demolished? They’re donated to the Neon Museum.
There’s nothing quite like the Neon Museum. It’s a truly unique experience where you enjoy a guided tour viewing the iconic casino signs. Not only are the signs beautiful to look at but they also hold so many stories about who created them, their relationship to other businesses, and why they’re important.
We’d thoroughly recommend giving it a go, and since they hold both day and night tours of the Boneyard it’s so easy to fit into your busy Vegas schedule. We actually loved it so much we that we ended up booking in twice and each tour guide had different stories to focus on.
Top Tips to get the most out of the Neon Museum
1. Plan ahead
The tours do get busy, particularly in peak season. To avoid disappointment it’s better to book online before you go.
2. Stay hydrated
The guided tour lasts for an hour and it’s all outside in the scorching Nevada sun. Needless to say it gets very hot and easy to get dehydrated. Bring along a 750ml Evachill bottle and enjoy ice cold water as you walk around. There’s a water fountain at the start of the tour so it’s convenient to fill up and read our blog post to find out where to get ice in Las Vegas.
3. Stay protected
As we said you’re outside for an hour in the sun with no shade. Make sure you bring your sunglasses, hat and suncream. There’s nothing worse than a bad sunburn to ruin your visit! When we went they also gave the group parasols to use for the duration of the tour which gave us some much-needed protection from the sun.
4. Experience day and night
11 of the signs have been restored with lights which creates a completely different experience when you visit at night.
5. Go again
Since there are so many signs and so much to learn about them, each tour guide picks out their favourite to talk about. On our 2nd tour we enjoyed a completely different set of stories.
The best signs
We took loads of photos whilst we visited the Neon Museum but here's our selection of the most famous signs and the signs which we found most interesting. We hope you enjoy and let us know in the comments if you've visited and what your favourite sign was.