Many of our couples over the last two years have asked about the Neon Boneyard, also known as the Neon Museum. It is a fabulous collection of old Las Vegas casino and business signs from the past, which were lit with neon or incandescent light bulbs. Or both. These days, most of them do not light any longer, but they are on display at the new (ish) Neon Museum.
Once upon a time, there were old signs piling up over on the Young Electric Sign Company lot. YESCO was founded in 1920, well before the Las Vegas neon boom, and grew along with the city. As older signs were replaced or retired, YESCO had quite a few of the older signs laying around in what they used to call the Neon Graveyard. The YESCO lot is where scenes from Mars Attacks and National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation were filmed.
In 1996, the Neon Museum was started as a non-profit to help preserve the historic signs of Las Vegas. YESCO at some point donated much of what was in their graveyard to the Neon Museum, and they currently reside on North Las Vegas Blvd, next to the old La Concha Motel lobby, which was moved from the original motel site to the museum site. Crazy!
Previously, the signs in the main lot were only available for photo shoots once daily just before sunset for an hour, and the cost to get in the door was $400-$600. That price did not include any photography, so it has been cost-prohibitive and difficult to schedule for a photo shoot. And did I mention there was only one appointment each day?
But NOW, they have opened their North Gallery, which can be scheduled anytime during operating hours, and is almost half the price to reserve. There are a variety of historic signs, and some great photo opportunities available:
This amazing setting will give your photos a touch of Old Vegas, while still giving a colorful backdrop to commemorate your wedding day, engagement, or even family photo shoot. There are backdrops at the Neon Boneyard that you will find nowhere else, and will create some stunning images for you to cherish forever.
Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings now has three packages available for the Museum: Just photos, ceremony at the LV Sign & photos at the Museum, or the ultimate, LV Sign ceremony, LV Strip photo tour, and photo shoot at the Museum. Whichever you choose, you will LUV the images we capture with you inside this little slice of Las Vegas history.