A buddy and I made reservations a month ago to go on a photo safari in Las Vegas's Neon Museum, the boneyard where a lot of those old Yesco signs ended up as Vegas built and rebuilt. In fact, the area where you check in used to be the lobby of the La Concha Motel. When I first moved to Las Vegas 13 years ago, the La Concha lobby shell used to be situated next to the Riviera before it made its way to its final location further north on Las Vegas Boulevard. In a city concerned more for its present than its past, it was refreshing to see a piece of Vegas history restored and repurposed.
The Neon Museum offers up its space a couple nights a month to small groups of photographers interested snapping shots of the signs. They also offer up day and night tours guided by a docent knowledgebale about Las Vegas history. But the photo tour allows you to roam unhindered by a larger group.
The photo tour time straddled the sunset, so we were able to shoot a little when the sun was up and a little after the sun dipped below the horizon. As the sun set, my pictures became more dramatic, the artificial lights painting in splotches of color onto the signs.
Check out the photos I took in the gallery below and book your Neon Museum tour today!