Lonely Planet Writer

Las Vegas is home to a new exhibition celebrating its love of neon

There’s no city in the world more associated with the wonders of neon illumination than Las Vegas. Now, a new exhibition celebrating the wonders of the chemical element Ne and how it has been used to light up cities around the world has opened in Sin City.

The Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Image by Vox Solid Communications

‘Brilliant!’ can be found at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas and promises a “360-degree audio-visual experience” to the soundtrack of some of the city’s most famous musical artists. New technology has been used to create a dazzling display of famous signs, many of them brought back to life after being unused, or broken for years. The exhibition tries to bring visitors back through the history of Las Vegas and how neon was used to light up hotels and casinos.

The exhibition looks at the history of Las Vegas. Image by Vox Solid Communications

It was created by artist Craig Winslow and uses twenty-four 3D-sound speakers with eight projectors emitting 80,000 lumens of light. The 30-minute show is accompanied by some of the music most associated with Vegas including Frank Sinatra’s Luck Be a Lady and This Town. Tunes from Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Sammy Davis Jnr are also used to bring the city’s musical history to life.

Las Vegas is famous for its love of neon. Image by Vox Solid Communications

The exhibition is on at the Neon Museum, a centre set up to salvage signs from the “boneyards” where they were abandoned. The museum can be found on Las Vegas Boulevard and Bonanza Road and is even available as a backdrop for wedding photographs. Its visitor center is housed in the lobby of what was the La Concha Motel, which was saved from demolition in 2005. Signs on display for visitors include neon illumination from Caesars Palace, Binion’s Horseshoe, the Golden Nugget and the Stardust.

Tickets for the Brilliant! show are US$23 (GB£16.50) for general admission and US$15 (GB£10) for local residents with visitors advised to book well in advance due to demand.