The Neon Museum

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Photo Spot Summary

Category: Architecture

Country: United States

State: Nevada

City: Las Vegas

GPS Latitude: 36.176983

GPS Longitude: -115.135674

Directions: The main Neon Museum exhibit (the Boneyard) is situated on two acres behind the visitors’ center. Here you will find over 150 old neon signs that once shone brightly on the Las Vegas strip. Some of the signs have been restored, while others are weathered and decayed. Photography is very limited at the museum and is restricted for personal use only, unless you make arrangements and pay for a professional shoot. As such, you are not allowed a tripod, and can only bring in one camera with one lens. In addition, you can only enter the Boneyard on an hour long guided tour, and you must stay with the tour! However, even with all these restrictions, there are lots of fantastic subjects to photograph. It is strongly advised to purchase your tickets ahead of time, as tours sell out quickly. You can book tours on-line up to a month ahead of your visit.

Photo Spot Details

Because you are only allowed one camera and lens, I would recommend an all purpose zoom lens that lets you go wide, or shoot tighter. Something like a 24-70mm or 18-200mm would work well. It is hard to stand back from the signs, so you will definitely use the wide end of your zoom.

Photo Tips

Besides photographing full signs, look for details and texture. The museum is full of rust and vibrant colors. Since you can only visit during the day, when the light is harsh, use this light to your advantage. Look for broken bulbs and shadows; they make very interesting subjects.

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The Neon Museum

770 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA


About Elizabeth

Elizabeth grew up in Vancouver, on the beautiful West Coast of Canada. In 2012 she relocated to Houston Texas for two years and then moved to Gautier, Mississippi in July of 2014 for another three years. Now back in Vancouver, Elizabeth runs photography workshops and teaches many aspects of photography. Her areas of interest are widespread and include street, wildlife, nature, architecture, macro and long exposures. She is particularly passionate about black and white images. You can see more of her work on her website at or on Instagram at photosbyelizabethgray

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