LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously to approve a $425,000 grant from the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial to expand the Neon Museum.
The grant will be used to purchase .27 acres of land located at 714 N. Las Vegas Blvd., just south of the Neon Museum.
The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial has established a grant program to support community initiatives that are of a historic nature, using the revenue generated from the Nevada Centennial license plate. The commission hopes to generate community projects that promote and preserve Las Vegas history.
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment.
The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery that houses additional rescued signs.
The expanded Neon Museum space will house 30 signs not currently on view, including those from the Las Vegas Club, Spearmint Rhino, Longhorn Casino, Sahara Saloon, Opera House Saloon and Riviera. Many of these signs have been held in the museum’s storage facility due to lack of available space at the existing Neon Boneyard.
SH Architecture designed the new enclosed, open-air exhibit and events space to be constructed on the new parcel. In addition to a space to display additional signs, the new construction will add a large covered patio canopied by a modern, solar-paneled shade structure.
In 2015, the Neon Museum debuted its North Gallery, an outdoor exhibit space located on the existing museum campus northeast of the Neon Boneyard. At first used only for weddings, photography shoots and daytime educational programs, the North Gallery today is open Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. for self-guided tours by the public.