2023 Event Offerings
The Neon Museum
Double The Glow Experience
The Neon Museum Double The Glow Experience combines both our very popular 45-minute guided, group tour of the Main Boneyard and the newly expanded 45-minute Brilliant! Jackpot show in the North Gallery for an all-encompassing tour of the Museum’s on campus collection.
The View from Flamingo Road: How Las Vegas Mastered Modernism
with Alan Hess
For all its reputation as a glittering desert playground, Las Vegas is also a bellwether shaping modern American architecture. If other cities looked to Europe, Las Vegas grew from the native soil of the southwestern desert, the modern miracle of the automobile, a lively tourist economy, and a creative freedom that turned it into a city both singularly unique and typical of all others.
The Gilded Cage:
The Psychology of a Casino
Architects Brian Fink, Jon Sparer, and Mitchell Trageton explore the evolution of casino resort architecture from clock-less, dark rooms, magnificent views, perfectly appointed cabanas, and Michelin-star restaurants.
Moderated by Bob Boughner, Senior Partner, Global Market Advisors.
Two Perspectives on
Paul Revere Williams
In honor of Nevada Day (observed), this special program will provide the aesthetic and structural perspectives of the architecture of iconic, pioneer architect Paul Revere Williams. Williams’ prolific portfolio includes approximately 2,500 structures around the world. Breaking barriers, Williams’ was the first Black architect accepted into the AIA in 1923, and in 1957, was inducted as the AIA’s first Black fellow, ultimately earning the moniker: Architect to the Stars.
Speakers: Janna Ireland, Photographer, artist Carmen Beals, Associate Curator and Outreach Director | Las Vegas, Nevada Museum of Art Melvyn Green, Structural Engineer, Melvyn Green & Associates. Presented by the Nevada Preservation Foundation.
Denise Scott Brown: Reflections
On the 50th anniversary of the seminal book, “Learning From Las Vegas,” the surviving author, Ms. Scott Brown reflects on the concepts of the “duck” and the “decorated shed” and her decades spent examining the unique architecture of Las Vegas in video clips from a 2022 interview captured from her New York home.
Renowned architectural scholars Eric Strain, Architect and Associate Professor Architecture, University of Las Vegas, and Jose Gáméz, Professor of Architecture, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Architecture, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, lead the panel discussing what one can learn from Las Vegas, the book’s longevity, and why it is still a critical read for architecture enthusiasts today.
The Neon Museum's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Tickets on sale now.
A rare evening at the home of Las Vegas’ iconic illusionists honoring Barbara Molasky, The Founding President of The Neon Museum. The evening concludes with a special appearance by Lynette Chappell, “The Evil Queen” from the Las Vegas Siegfried & Roy Production.
Wayward Eye Exhibition
This solo exhibition features the photographs of Denise Scott Brown taken between 1956 – 1966. Wayward Eye delves into Scott Brown’s exploration into urbanism, Pop Art, and the emerging architectural language of roadside America. The exhibition is on loan from the UNLV College of Fine Arts.
Vegas Vickie "Kickoff" Reception
Mix and mingle with fellow DDS attendees at the bar with a fabulous view! The iconic Vegas Vickie sign was saved from destruction and is now the centerpiece to Circa – downtown Las Vegas’s newest property. Brief remarks will be made by Jeff Victor, COO of Circa, who can explain saving Vegas Vickie and how the property came to be built around her. This event is free. Cocktails and lite bites available for purchase.
Neon Night Flight Spectacular
Discover the neon lights of Las Vegas from above and below. The evening starts with a fabulous helicopter flight followed by The Neon Museum experience with a guided tour through the Neon Boneyard, showcasing more than 250 vintage Las Vegas signs with nearly two dozen re-illuminated and others dramatically lit from the ground. You’ll conclude your visit with our highly acclaimed show Brilliant! Jackpot!
History by Helicopter
Experience Las Vegas history from above. See the sites of the Stardust, Rivera, Dunes, and Desert Inn, from a vantage point like no other! Your history host will greet you at the terminal with a drink in hand and provide a brief overview of what was and what is today. The price also includes a souvenir photo.
Architecture Tour at
the Neon Boneyard
Presented during the “Golden Hour,” this special tour provides visitors to The Neon Museum with architecturally-specific insights into the properties highlighted on the tour. Learn more about their significance from those that built the properties.
The Local Lore of Downtown:
A Walking Tour of Iconic Casinos
For all its publicity and global attention, Las Vegas is still full of surprises and secrets. Join a small group Downtown walking tour of the legendary casinos and glittering neon signs that have uniquely placed Las Vegas in the public imagination. Behind the sumptuous electric facades, hotel lobbies and cozy gambling parlors, our curated tour will explore some hidden overlooked places and we’ll see some obscure objects and curious artifacts, old and new, that have contributed to the storied past of this city for the past 100 years.
Walk through the home of iconic magicians, entertainers, and animal activists, Siegfried & Roy. Tour the house, grounds, and animal habitats with a member of the S&R company – the people who knew them best and hear first-hand stories about the work of the highest paid entertainers on the Strip at their time in the location where they cared for, played with, and entertained their cats.
* Noting the historic nature of Jungle Palace, not all spaces may be easily accessible to persons with disabilities