On New Year’s Eve we took a tour of the Neon Museum. I cannot recommend this tour strongly enough. It would have been enough just to walk through the signs, but our guide was a great storyteller and had a really good knowledge of Las Vegas history and the history of the signs. I think she loved Las Vegas history as much as I do. At each of the stops along the tour our guide shared the history of particular signs as well as information about what else was going on in Las Vegas at the time.
Here are some photos from our tour. The photos are no replacement for actually visiting the museum and taking the tour, but they should give you a good idea of what to expect.
Tours are available every day except holidays. They start at 10:00am and run every half hour until an hour before sunset. The tour takes about one hour, including time for questions during and after the tour.
Tickets are $18 for adults. Students, seniors, veterans and Nevada residents get a reduced rate of $12. Tour tickets can be purchased online and should be purchased ahead of time.
The lobby has an interactive, multimedia display where you can learn a bit of Las Vegas history while waiting for your tour to start. They also have an assortment of books, shirts and souvenirs available.
The museum is at 770 Las Vegas Blvd North. There is a free parking lot next to the museum lobby. The RTC 113 bus has a stop nearby. It is also an easy walk from Fremont Street with sidewalks and crosswalks. We walked to Fremont after the tour, so even though Google Maps says it may be missing sidewalks, I can confirm that there are sidewalks and crosswalks for the full distance. It is also worth noting that the Google Maps / Google Earth images for the museum were taken during construction and do not represent the current state of the museum grounds.
Visiting the museum is now on my Top Ten list of things you must do in Las Vegas.