Where do all the Las Vegas neon signs go when they lose their sparkle? Kat took time out of her busy schedule to visit one of the world’s biggest neon graveyards, The Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Some 200 of Sin City’s most iconic signs are retired here on this expansive plot in Nevada.
Each neon has a story to tell and documents an important milestone for the development of Las Vegas as a city and an entertainment super power. As well documenting the history of the city, the museum funds an artist in resident programme, hosts hot yoga classes and you can even get married here!
It’s a must see for anyone who enjoys the enchanting, and at times lurid, nature of neons and their role in showbiz, circus and politics - yes politics. One neon specifically tells a story about how the highly controversial nuclear weapons testing would attract curious punters to hotels to watch the plumes of mushroomy smoke erupt from the desert. Tucked amongst the blinking signs, nuclear testing is just one part of this Las Vegas's checkered history.
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