LAS VEGAS -- In this city that never sleeps, there actually is a
museum that is open around the clock.
The Neon Museum features 11 restored neon signs from local
businesses and hotel properties that visitors can stop and admire
any time of the day or night.
In 1996, the Hacienda Horse and Rider sign was the first to be
put on display. Others followed, including Aladdin's Lamp from the
Aladdin Hotel, the Flame Restaurant sign, the Chief Hotel Court
sign and Anderson Dairy mascot Andy Anderson.
Other restored signs are one from the 1940s that advertises
wedding information; the Red Barn bar sign; the Nevada Motel sign;
Dot's Flowers sign; the 5th Street Liquor sign, and the most recent
addition to the display, the Bow and Arrow Motel sign, erected in
Guided tours of the signs, which are located in outdoor
galleries in front of Neonopolis and on the Third Street cul-de-sac
adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience canopy, are available for
groups of 10 or more.
The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students with ID, as well
as seniors 60 years old and older; there is no charge for children
5 or younger.
The majority of requests that the museum receives, however, are
for tours of the "boneyard," said Sandra Harris, the museum's
executive director. Here, in a downtown spot near the Cashman
Center, as many as 115 un-restored signs -- many built and donated
by the Young Electric Sign Co. -- are kept.
That space is not yet open to the public, Harris said, "but
we're really close. We're doing some heavy fundraising and looking
to sign some agreements."
For more information about the Neon Museum, visit its Web site
at www.neonmuseum.org or phone (702) 387-NEON. --
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