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Brief Published: 26 Oct 2012

Neon Museum Opens in Las Vegas


Home to a collection of more than 150 vintage neon signs dating from the 1930s, The Neon Boneyard is to be reopened as The Neon Museum, celebrating the US city of Las Vegas and its colourful history as the world’s most notorious gambling and entertainment hub.

Opening on October 27 2012, The Neon Museum will display neon signage from some of the city’s most popular sites, including the Moulin Rouge, Desert Inn Flamingo and Stardust casinos and resorts.

“There is a renewed interest in the ‘old’ Las Vegas and in the rediscovery of the historical downtown area,” says Bill Marion, chair of the museum’s board of trustees. “We are appreciating Las Vegas’ rich visual culture while celebrating the beauty and craftsmanship of a distinctly modern art form.”

In another noteworthy aspect of the project, a salvaged seashell-shaped, mid-century modern lobby designed by American architect Paul Revere Williams in 1961 now acts as a new visitor’s centre: La Concha Motel Lobby.

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