Could this redefine the capital of make-destroy-remake? Las Vegas’ grassroots-inspired, 15-year historic preservation effort comes to fruition Oct. 27, when the Neon Museum opens to the public. For $12—four bucks off the tourist price—locals can finally walk through the world’s definitive collection of classic neon signs. Museum director Danielle Kelly explains what the Neon Museum means to the city.
Is the museum really going to open? Really?
Yes! The process has been a public-private partnership that required adherence to state and local historic-preservation guidelines. There have been many moving parts and, as anyone who has been involved in construction knows, those parts don’t always synchronize. But so many people worked to realize this dream—and all good things are worth waiting for.
Why tours only, no free-range visits?
So much of the allure of Las Vegas is built on lore, and the Boneyard provides an exceptional context for a one-of-a-kind oral-history experience—an opportunity to share Las Vegas history in complement to its spectacular art form.
What should Las Vegans take away from a visit?
That our city was and continues to be home to some of the most brilliant and innovative sign-based architecture the world has ever seen.