LAS VEGAS, NV -- The Neon Museum in Las Vegas finally has an opening date.
The 2-acre resting place for more than 150 brightly lighted signs, known for years as the Neon Boneyard, is expected to open to the public for foot tours Oct. 27, after its keepers finish converting the lobby of the old La Concha motel into a visitor center and shop.
The La Concha embodies an era before the Strip became dominated by large corporations and video walls. Its distinctive clamshell shape, dating to 1961, once stood next to the Riviera hotel-casino.
William Marion, chairman of the board of trustees, says the museum is a unique way for people to experience the "Old Vegas. "
The museum features signs from wedding chapels, used car lots and prohibition speakeasies and a looping 40-foot moniker from the city's first integrated casino, the Moulin Rouge.
Marion says much of the collection was donated by companies that leased signs to the casinos, then kept them in a boneyard for spare parts after they were replaced.