Friday, 31 August 2012 8:45 AM
A museum dedicated Las Vegas' bright neon signs is set to open after more than 15 years of planning.
The Neon Museum, home to a collection of more than 150 neon signs dating from the 1930s, is the largest collection of neon signage in the world and a unique record of Las Vegas’ colourful history.
Iconic signs from the city’s most celebrated properties, including the Moulin Rouge, the Desert Inn, the Flamingo and the Stardust, will go on display inside a two-acre outdoor museum space known as the Neon Boneyard.
A new visitors’ centre will be located on-site in the recently rehabilitated La Concha Motel lobby - a seashell-shaped, Mid-Century Modern architectural masterpiece designed and built by architect Paul Revere Williams on Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Danielle Kelly, executive director of the Neon Museum, commented: "Visitors from around the world have been eagerly anticipating the Neon Museum’s opening for many years, so it gives us tremendous pleasure to be able to unveil this remarkable and historic collection to the public.
“Our goal is to give guests an enhanced appreciation for Las Vegas’ rich visual culture while celebrating the beauty and craftsmanship of a distinctly modern art form.”
Tours of the Neon Boneyard last approximately around 45 minutes and cost $18 for adults.
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