Neon Museum celebrates birthday, teases upcoming Hard Rock restoration project

Posted at 1:58 PM, Oct 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-29 14:51:37-04

The Neon Museum celebrated its 5th anniversary by offering free self-guided tours through the Neon Boneyard on October 28 from 1 to 7 p.m.

Guests were able to see iconic signs from old Las Vegas and enjoy food trucks, cake, and a paper flower creation celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Artist Justin Favela also hosted a "Family Fiesta" event from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Boneyard, which featured games, dances, music, cuisine, and a piñata.

The evening concluded with a 2-hour open-top bus tour through Downtown Las Vegas and the northern stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard. After the bus tour, guests received a special nighttime tour of the Neon Boneyard.

Neon Museum Director of Development Brenda Bogue told 13 Action News that the museum has big plans for the future. 

"We have a lot of wonderful indoor artifacts that the public doesn't have the ability to see right now because we don't have the place to put them out on exhibition," she explained. Bogue said that the museum plans on purchasing more land within the next five years so they can finally put those artifacts on display.

Bogue also teased an upcoming fundraising campaign to restore the iconic guitar sign that once sat outside the Hard Rock Cafe. 

"It's a really big project," she said, "it's 80 feet tall as a matter of fact."

So far the museum has restored 11 signs to their original neon glow thanks to the generosity of its donors. Details of the project to restore the Hard Rock Cafe sign will be announced at a later date.