The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, features signs from old casinos and other businesses displayed outdoors on 2.62 acres. The museum features a restored lobby shell from the defunct La Concha Motel as its visitor center, which formally opened on October 27, 2012.
For many years, the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) stored many of these old signs in their “boneyard.” The signs were gradually being destroyed by exposure to the components.
The signs are considered by Las Vegas locals, business owners and federal government organizations to be not just artistically, however likewise historically, significant to the culture of the city. Each of the brought back signs in the collection holds a story about who created it and why it is essential.
The Neon Museum was founded in 1996 as a partnership in between the Allied Arts Council of Southern Nevada and the City of Las Vegas. Today, it is an independent non-profit. Found on Las Vegas Boulevard and Treasure Trove, the Neon Museum consists of the new Neon Boneyard Park, which is adjacent to the former YESCO Boneyard.
The incentive behind the museum was the loss of the renowned sign from The Sands; after it closed in 1995, there was no place to store the enormous sign, and it was ditched. To mark its official opening in November 1996, the Neon Museum brought back and installed the Hacienda Horse & Rider sign at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. However, access to the collection was provided by appointment only. Annual attendance was approximately 12– 20,000 during this time.
In 2005, the historical La Concha lobby was donated to the museum, which moved and reassembled the building 4 miles (6.4 km) north along Las Vegas Boulevard after sufficing into 8 pieces. It now serves as the museum’s visitors’ center and head office.
Although it cost almost $3 million to move and restore the La Concha, the plans to open a museum became concrete after the donation of the building, drawing a variety of public and private grants and donations. In overall, approximately $6.5 million was raised for the visitors’ center, headquarters, a brand-new park, and restoration of 15 significant signs.
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