Las Vegas is a great photography town. A few years ago, I shared a post about honoring Las Vegas, as a way of introducing the lesser known gems in Sin City. This post made mention of The Neon Museum, a place I visited one afternoon in 2011.

From their website –

Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment.

Now 2015, I visited this evening, under completely different lighting conditions. Here’s the difference.

Lady Luck Lady Luck and fantasia

The difference is, well, night and day.

Las Vegas Club Las Vegas Club

The Neon Museum is one of the coolest things to do in Vegas. Sure, we can all probably think of some cooler things to do in Las Vegas, but this clever, talented and mighty museum offers an incredibly unique and visually immersive experience. The guided tours include history, drama and a perfectly acceptable amount of humor. You should really do it. Oh, and they rightfully show off a restored Liberace neon sign.

Restored Liberace Sign

The museum feels more like a boneyard at night than during the day, but the shadows from the spotlights and restored signs set the right mood for reflection on what Vegas was like back in the day. The rat pack, Moulin Rouge, the mob, Siegfried and Roy, and an majestic, artistic approach to neon signs.

La Concha Neon Museum Treasures

Thank you Neon Museum for your mission and efforts in interpretation and preservation. You have a fan for life. Please check out their website here. And if you’re interested in more of my photos, take a look.

Viva Las Vegas.

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