The Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas
Oh, wow, I’ve been sitting on this post for a while now. We were able to check out the Neon Boneyard when we were in Vegas for Christmas – and it’s one of the places I recommend to anyone who asks me anything about that trip. The truth is – I didn’t love Vegas (mainly because I had the flu when we were there) but I loved, loved, loved visiting the Neon Boneyard!
What: The Neon Boneyard is a museum in Las Vegas – off the Strip – that houses over 200 historic signs from Las Vegas History. The Boneyard offers hour long guided tours where you get to learn about the history of Vegas and check out all the museum has to offer. You can only take a guided tour – you won’t be able to walk around on your own. Also – tours book up, so don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets. You can purchase tickets up to a month in advance.
Where: You can find the Boneyard at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard. It was nice for us to get off the Strip, so we made sure to check out all the street art surrounding the Downtown Container Park (a mile away).
Parking: There’s a free parking lot in the Boneyard, so if you’re driving – you’re set. Otherwise, grab a Lyft and head over!
Crowds: Our tour was relatively full – probably about fifteen-twenty people – but it’s easy enough to still have an individual experience. Plus, the tour guides are pretty great at what they do – they are full of excellent information and cool stories. They make sure to stop at certain locations and let everyone mosey around to grab their photos.
Yay or Nay: It’s an obvious Yay! It’s a once in a lifetime chance to see some really cool pieces of Vegas history. You learn a lot about all the work and artistic talent that was required to make Las Vegas into the City of Lights that it had been in the past.
My once piece of advice would be to take a day tour vs. a night one. Sure, it sounds really cool on paper – a nighttime tour in the Neon Boneyard! The truth, however, is that the majority of the signs are non-functional and therefore won’t be lit up. The Boneyard has lights that illuminate the signs, but if you’re looking for that neon buzz – you won’t find it. Better to capture these signs in the natural light.