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Las Vegas: Museum prepares to talk about Sin city's glowing past

October 23, 2012|By Jay Jones
  • The Chief Hotel Court sign once illuminated part of East Fremont Street. It's part of Las Vegas' neon history.
The Chief Hotel Court sign once illuminated part of East Fremont Street.… (Neon Museum )

Resorts come and go in Las Vegas, but much of the colorful signage from years past now resides at the city’s newest attraction.

With their countless bulbs and seemingly endless strands of gas-filled tubing, 150 glitzy signs take center stage at the Neon Museum, set to open Saturday in downtown Las Vegas.

You can see more photos of the gallery here.

During guided walks through the outdoor exhibit, guests come face-to-face with iconic signs from long-gone hotels that helped shape the city’s colorful history.

Signs saved from the scrap heap include those from the Desert Inn, Frontier, Moulin Rouge, Silver Slipper and Stardust. Although the signs aren’t electrified, guides promise tours full of anecdotes and trivia.

Info: The museum, at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. N., is closed on Sundays, and admission is offered only to those who’ve pre-purchased tickets online; walk-ups will not be accommodated at the visitor center, which is inside the futuristic lobby of the former La Concha Motel. Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, students, and veterans.

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