I do have some general photos from the trip to share soon, but one thing I was very excited about from our trip was our visit to The Neon Museum.
The Neon Museum is an outdoor museum featuring hundreds of old signs from Las Vegas history. You take guided tours, and you can take photos for personal use. (You can also book a photo shoot but it costs extra). We chose to visit the museum during the day (night tours are available as well), and it was just an amazing experience. We had an awesome tour guide who really knew her Vegas history. I took a ton of photos, and wanted to share a selection of them here with you.
The Neon Museum has an old Lady Luck sign, which you might recognize. It was in the movie Vegas Vacation, when Audrey goes off with her cousin and they dance on top of the sign.
I loved just looking at the broken bulbs in the signs. There is something neat about seeing them in deteriorating condition. I think it's wonderful that they are slowly restoring the old signs, but seeing them looking this way makes it just a bit more interesting.
This sign made me chuckle. Color TV!
I took pictures of several individual letters that are our first initials. I thought it would be neat to print them individually and frame them.
One thing I was most excited for in the Neon Museum was the skull from the old Treasure Island sign. Before Treasure Island switched over to T.I. and the sirens theme, it was very heavy pirate themed. The sign was a skull with crossbones. (You can view it here on flickr). I'm so glad they preserved this.
This Stardust sign was huge! It was hard for me to get it all in the photo.
Something else that excited me was catching this Barbary Coast sign in the background as we were wrapping up the tour. The first time I went to Vegas with Brad, when I was 21, we stayed a few nights at Barbary Coast. Right after this, the casino changed names and it's theme. Now it's changing again, to a luxury hotel. I was pleased to see this sign saved.
We bought Austin a t-shirt from the Neon Museum with this adorable duck sign. Turns out this isn't from a casino, it's actually from a former car dealership. But it's in great condition!
We really enjoyed this tour and are definitely planning to go back and do a night time tour at some point. If you're visiting Vegas and haven't already checked this out, add it to your trip. It's not far from the main strip (it's on the same road, a couple of miles up), and it's non-profit. They are trying hard to restore the old signs and display them around Vegas, so please show them some love. You won't be disappointed!