Monday, April 23, 2012

The NEON Museum

A lot of people told me that I had to visit the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.


This museum is not officially openned and you must take a appointment to visit it.


The Neon Museum was established as a non-profit organization in 1996 to collect and exhibit neon signs from the 30s to the 90s, the classic Las Vegas art form. Dedicated individuals from the private sector as well as corporate and government entities have worked tirelessly to promote the preservation of these national treasures. The Neon Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, study and exhibit iconic Las Vegas neon signs for educational, historic, and cultural enrichment.

 

 
There are about 150 signs in their collection.
 

It's a guided tour because it can be dangerous due to rust and broken glass.

 
Our guid was really interresting because she told us about all the hidden stories behind all signs there.


We made this visit with our friends from Finland. You must recognized Sylvie from her blog 365 days vintage ! What a pleasure to share that with them!
 

 
All those signs are so big, it's hard to tell when they are in a top of a building, but laying on the ground...


They are so colorful that it's easy to make a lot of nice pictures!!!!


The site of the museum is not really big. I was hopping for a larger place.


This chineese girl is my favorite!!! And I wore the perfect chineese dress to match.... (dress just bought in L.A. a few days before)
 
 

Some signs are really famous and I saw some of them still hanging in 1997 for my first trip in Las Vegas. The city changed so much in just 15 years...


See the nice hawaian shirt bought in San Fransisco!!!


So it was a really pleasant visit but as I said I wished it to be bigger and see more of this part of American History.

Have you ever heard or visited this museum?
Do you think like me that these signs are a part of US history?

 





 





 

7 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to go to that Museum. Next time I'm in Vegas I'll have to remember to make a trip there. I love the old neon signs in general. They're so classy and fun.

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  2. ho!magnifique votre voyage,vous me faite réver!merci pour s'est jolie photo!see you

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  3. This place looks like heaven to me!
    -Andi x

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  4. Oh damn - I emailed the museum three times before Viva and they said they were closed... Lucky you got to visit anyway!

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    1. Oops, that sounded bitter, but i'm not hehe! I love the photos you took ;)

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  5. Belle Journée en très bonne compagnie. Et belles photos! Merci encore.
    Sylvie

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  6. Wow. Fantastic monster there. The urbanity monster striding forth, as it does in most cities of the world. Nice hand-drawn banner too. Something like this image, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-7Z9RQ8 , by French painter Fernand Léger, maybe effective painted large on a wall too, acknowledged as a copy of course. It can be seen at wahooart.com and a canvas print of it can be ordered from there.

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