As various cities have implemented “stay at home” orders, museum exhibits and other places where people would typically congregate are now closed. But some have found innovative ways to let those people visit them from the comfort of their own homes. The Neon Museum in Las Vegas experiences its temporary closure due to COVID-19 measures. It offers several ways to #NeonMuseumFromHome and to stay engaged, including The Neon Museum web-based app, YouTube channel, social media platform, blog, and e-newsletter.
The Neon Museum’s free web-based app enables users to learn about select signs housed in the Boneyard outdoor exhibition space. Anyone with a computer or smartphone data plan can access the app via the website at www.neonmuseum.app and use the password NEON to access it.
Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historical, arts, and cultural enrichment. The museum is on a number of top ten lists including USA Today’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor.
The outdoor museum is a 2.27-acre campus that includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation, and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects.
But since most of us are stuck at home, these virtual visits are the next best thing. Over at the Neon Museum App, users will be able to view comprising photos, read text, and listen to audio narration. The museum’s app spotlights 25 of the collection’s most popular artifacts and pieces from Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum. Beginning with the La Concha visitor’s center itself, a classic example of the roadside Googie architecture designed by pioneering African American architect Paul Revere Williams, the app also includes fun facts, history, and anecdotes about the following signs: Hard Rock Café guitar, Golden Nugget, Moulin Rouge, Fitzgerald’s, Sassy Sally’s, Yucca Motel, Nevada Motel, Chief Hotel Court, Steiner Cleaners, Doc & Eddy’s, the Red Barn, Anderson Dairy, Green Shack, Treasure Island, Wedding Information, Aladdin, Jerry’s Nugget, Stardust, Riviera, Frontier, La Concha sign and Ugly Duckling.
Users interested in learning more about the signs may access The Neon Museum blog here https://bit.ly/2UpUadt. The blog includes articles dedicated to a variety of topics, including “Lost Signs of Las Vegas,” “How Many Signs Light Up?” and “Days of Luxor Past: The Neon Museum’s Most Enigmatic Sign.”
For ongoing communication from The Neon Museum, sign up to receive e-newsletters with the latest news from The Neon Museum, go to https://bit.ly/2xX7qyN.
Finally, for daily dispatches (and timely memes) from The Neon Museum, follow The Neon Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and comment using #NeonMuseumFromHome.