On our Southwestern Tour, I was finally able to cross the Neon Museum off of my bucket list! I can’t tell you how many pins I have saved on Pinterest of the Neon Museum. Now, I have my own.
The Museum is located at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North in Las Vegas, Nevada and officially “opened” its doors with its first, restored sign, called the Hacienda Horse and Rider which was located at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street.
But, I’ll tell you right now; I adore the simple, black, Color TV by RCA sign that lies underneath it- which I also found on Route 66 in Needles, California the very next day. I know that’s why I love it so much! Check it out!
While guests are not permitted to wander free throughout the museum, you can book a one-hour guided tour online. Tickets are limited and only available online. So, it is best to purchase your tickets at least 30 days in advance. Free parking is available once you arrive.
Upon checking in (with our confirmation numbers), we were given information about the acclaimed, African-American architect Paul Revere Williams who designed the historic La Concha Motel lobby.
The boys also received scavenger hunts – which I was hoping would keep them occupied during the tour.
All of these adventures are not “easy peasy”. Trust me.
Sometimes our adventures are messy and it has become clear to me that the most effective way to share my experiences, teach, and inspire travel is to be transparent and not only share the great, but the not so great, as well. – I mean, would you look at those faces?
5 Reasons Why I Should’ve Visited the Neon Museum Childless
1. I could have actually nailed the photos I wanted to capture instead of having the worry of being asked to leave because my boys were tempted to be Avengers and not only stand from the rocks that guarded the signs but also, leap from them, as well. – Ummmm, you aren’t allowed to do any of that.
3. I would have actually been able to enjoy the experience of being able to walk back in time and view some of the most amazing signage from past casinos, restaurants, and other Las Vegas attractions through the one-hour, outdoor, guided tour. – Apparently, a one-hour tour is too long for them.
4. I would have been able to actually admire the neon sign collection instead of using my time to give my children the “mean eye” – daring them to touch any of the signage. Why? Because the staff will ask you to leave if you touch any of the signs.
5. I would have been able to drive from the Las Vegas Boulevard Strip, pass through Downtown Las Vegas and stop at the 24-hour “Fremont Street Experience” complete with five blocks of casinos, liquor, palm readings, souvenirs, and pizza, instead of taking them along and being harassed by various staff, telling me – to tell my children, “Please, back up”.
Whew! Even though it was a challenge, we managed. They may not appreciate the experience now, but one day, they will (maybe). And, as for me, I was able to capture my own images and experience, as well as knock the Neon Museum off of my bucket list! Cheers!
Disclaimer: The Neon Museum has a strict photography policy, therefore, I have done very little editing on these photos. Please, do not steal them. These photos are able to be used on this personal blog only, as well as my social media. Photos taken during tours may not be used to promote any business, for publication by media, or sold to a third party. I am sharing these photos and this post as a part of our Southwestern Tour including our experiences and visited attractions while traveling through Nevada, California, Arizona, and Utah.