Our Christmas holiday this year was just the opposite of traditional - the hubby and I took a road trip to Las Vegas! While in town, my must-do list consisted of a visit to the Neon Boneyard Museum, an organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It was an excellent time to tour as skies were moody on Christmas Eve and they paid perfect tribute to the ghostly feeling of their past lives.
Each sign in the Neon Museum’s collection offers a unique story about the personalities who created it, what inspired it, where and when it was made and the role it played in Las Vegas’ distinctive history. Changes and trends in sign design and technology of pieces ranging from the 1930's to the present day were so incredibly interesting to learn about being in the design field myself.
Buckle up - below are several of my favorite images from our tour...
La Concha couple.
The visitors’ center is housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby.
Our tour guide, Manny, was so incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about each piece and his background and education was very interesting too which made the tour that much more enjoyable. If you find yourself in Vegas wanting to take in the scene from a different perspective, I highly recommend a visit to this park.
Vegas da Vinci.
Continuing with the arts scene in downtown Las Vegas, I spotted this beauty on the building directly across the street - even Mona Lisa liked a little gambling action it seems. What wonderful hidden gems we found during our visit to Sin City!