We are celebrating neon museum members with our first members-only party on may 15! enjoy light bites, beverages, music and more. to rsvp or become a member, visit the link in our profile 🎉 neonmuseum.org/events/members-mingle. thank you to our generous sponsors @publicuslv and @events_with_a_twist.
The neon boneyard is curated to tell a narrative of the history of las vegas and to immerse the visitor in a visual experience. the first path of the boneyard focuses on downtown las vegas - where the city got its start - followed by motel signs, a small business section, and continuing into the s***p properties. also, space and size play a role in the curation. the campus consists of just over two acres of land and many of the signs are large, one of the largest being 50 feet wide, so the signs are layered in their respective areas.
On the blog: if you've visited the neon museum in recent years, you may have noticed a fenced off plot of land storing signs. what is that space? learn more about the boulevard gallery and some of the signs not currently seen by the general public 👉🏽 link in bio. neonmuseum.org/the-collection/blog/what-s-in-that-space.
The chief hotel court is an older sign dating back to c. 1940. the property opened in 1939 and the sign was installed about a year later. originally, the sign read “chief autel court,” a combination of the words “auto” and “motel” or “hotel.” the former owners had family who worked for the railroad and it is believed the chief may have been derived from the santa fe chief train logo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Nice capture of museum interpreter sweeney leading a guided tour! our museum interpreters are highly trained on las vegas history and give background on signs throughout the neon boneyard. these tours tend to sell out fast. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The neon museum is offering an opportunity to book mini-photo sessions on sunday, april 14! book your spot asap as this will sell out. link in bio.
🐚 la concha motel opened in 1961. after its closure in the mid-2000s, the lobby was donated to the neon museum in an effort to preserve and protect it. the shell-shaped structure was separated into eight pieces and transported five miles down las vegas blvd from its original location next to riviera in december 2006. ✨ trivia: the la concha building is an example of what post-modern architectural movement? 🤔