Las Vegas was the last stop on our American road trip and, after a few weeks of taking in some incredible natural landscapes, I was ready to trade all of that gorgeous scenery for glitz, glamour and (of course!) plenty of neon. And, right at the top of my must-do list? The Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas.
Vegas is home to quite a few amazing attractions (keep your eyes peeled for more on them very soon!), but The Neon Museum is something really special; showcasing a collection of historic and iconic signs that are a part of sin city’s history.
With signs dating from as early as the 1930s, it felt like we were stepping back in time! Legendary pieces from well-known Vegas establishments like the Stardust, the Moulin Rouge and the Golden Nugget have been specially preserved and displayed for visitors. When I seen the 1958 sign for the Stardust, I couldn’t help but swoon a little! What an atomic beauty!
Taking a walking tour of The Neon Museum doesn’t just mean that you can get up close to all of these incredible designs and lose yourself in a colourful vintage world for an hour (though I did PLENTY of that), it’s also a chance to learn about how Las Vegas has grown over the years.
Our tour guide talked us through the story of each sign, with some awesome insights into old-school Vegas (think stories peppered with Rat Pack appearances!) and the people behind the hotels and casinos. If it’s at all possible, I think I left even more wide-eyed than when I went in.
I was excited to dress in theme for this occasion, so wore my biggest, most OTT flamingo sunglasses, along with a sparkling diamond Markus Lupfer tee and a neon arrow necklace by Tatty Devine. Viva Las Vegas, baby!
Finally, I don’t think I could talk about my visit without mentioning my love for the visitor centre at The Neon Museum, which is housed in the former lobby of the fabulous La Concha Motel. This shell-shaped, mid-century design dates back to the swinging sixties and was rescued from demolition when the motel closed in 2005. Stunning!
If you’re planning a visit to Las Vegas, be sure to check out The Neon Museum and take in a very stylish slice of history. Don’t forget your giant sunglasses…