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The Neon Museum was established as a non-profit organization in 1996 to collect and exhibit neon signs, the classic Las Vegas art form. Dedicated individuals from the private sector as well as corporate and government entities have worked tirelessly to promote the preservation of these national treasures. The Neon Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, study and exhibit neon signs and associated artifacts to inspire educational and cultural enrichment for dierse members of our international community

Each of the more than 150 signs in the collection can be used to tell a unique story about who created it, what inspired it, where and when it was made, and how it fits into the development of Las Vegas and its rich history. Changes and trends in design and technology are also illustrated in the pieces that range from the 1930s to the present day.

The Neon Museum is restoring the historic La Concha Motel lobby for use as its visitor’s center, so that the Museum can offer expanded public hours. An addition at the back of the building will include offices and other facilities. The La Concha, a swooping curvilinear structure, was designed by famed African-American architect Paul Revere Williams. The building is on the City of Las Vegas Historic Register.

Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant funded neon sign survey are but a few of the museum’s many projects. We also coordinate commercial photo and film shoots and partner with other cultural institutions to produce temporary exhibits.

The Neon Museum continuously looks to the future. Several active signs throughout Las Vegas have been pledged to the museum once they’re retired. This “Living Museum” project ensures these irreplaceable artifacts will be preservedr future generations to enjoy.

The Museum is devoted to preserving this aspect of Las Vegas-and design-history. We hope to be a source of pride and education for the city’s residents, as well as inform and inspire the national and international community with the magical neon architecture of Las VegasWhile the Museum is not currently open for general admission, visitation of the collection is possible via tours by advance appointment only. More information at http://www.neonmuseum.org.

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