06 Jul Get off the Vegas Strip: The Neon Museum
One of my favorite places in Las Vegas is downtown. Ever since “The Downtown Project” revived old Las Vegas, I have been spending an awful amount of time in the area. It’s now a local favorite filled with trendy cafes, delicious eats, artsy streets, museums, and cool bars. It’s the perfect place to hang out for 20-30 year olds who want something a little less touristy. Within this amazing hang out spot lies The Neon Museum.
What is The Neon Museum (Neon Boneyard Park):
If you want to learn about Las Vegas’ past, this is definitely the place to be. Even if you don’t care for Vegas history, it’s still a fun place to check out and take pictures. The museum is mostly about the dying art of handmade neon signs in Las Vegas. A lot of the older signs from the strip have been donated to the Neon Boneyard instead of being scrapped. I never realized how much history lies in this city considering it’s fairly new in development.
Best time to go:
We visited the boneyard one afternoon in May. It was already pretty hot then, so I highly suggest not going during the summer. If you go when it’s dark, the signs will be lit up. However, if you are going for pictures this might not be the best time to go (unless you’ve got one heck of a camera that can exceed 1600 ISO producing little noise). Plus it’s cheaper to book a day tour.
You must book a tour beforehand to ensure a spot. Even though the boneyard isn’t as big as I thought, the tour still lasted an hour. I can’t remember the name of our tour guide, but she was lots of fun and was really friendly. She even took the time to take pictures of anyone who wanted them.
I was pretty surprised at how strict their photography rules are. You are not allowed to take pictures and use them commercially. In other words, you cannot sell the pictures you take nor use them to promote business (like portfolios). Videography isn’t allowed either. You can now book an hour photo tour if you plan on having a photoshoot (for weddings, engagements, senior portraits, etc.).
If you’re bringing a DSLR, I recommend using a wide angle lens. You don’t have much space to move around — you’ll be pretty close to the signs as well.
Information for your trip:
770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Mon-Sun 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
NV resident (valid ID required at check-in) $12.00
NV resident (valid ID required at check-in) $22.00
I hope you found this helpful!
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