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Las Vegas Continues Civic Reinvention with Neon Museum, Gift Shop

by , Sep 3, 2012 | 10:00 am

After talking, planning and collecting since 1996, the Neon Museum finally has an opening date.

Although the site is still in construction disarray, the collection is expected to be open to the public on Oct. 27, after its keepers finish converting the lobby of the old La Concha motel into a visitor center and shop and rearranging the adjacent Neon boneyard for foot tours. The museum has generated revenue for a couple of years by taking visitors who pay $15 each through the 2-acre boneyard, the final resting place for more than 150 signs spanning seven decades. Now museum leaders hope to substantially boost ticket sales and add other income streams.

“Part of the lure is that people are looking for the Old Vegas experience,” said William Marion, chairman of the board of trustees of the nonprofit Neon Museum. “This is a unique way to show it to people.”