John M. Glionna has a fun look in the LA Times at Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the Neon Museum, which officially opened over the weekend. Located downtown, the non-profit offers guided tours Tuesdays through Saturdays for a minimum suggested donation of $15.00.
The Neon Museum will rank as must-see for many LA visitors the next time they hit the Strip. Among the attractions is this one as highlighted by Glionna:
Outside the museum sits the refurbished silver slipper that legend says once spooked Howard Hughes. The billionaire reportedly suspected the slipper that revolved outside the Silver Slipper casino was being used as a government surveillance ploy because it often paused momentarily, pointing at his Desert Inn penthouse. (Some say Hughes just didn’t like the sign’s light shining in his window, but he eventually bought the casino and slipper, which he had filled with concrete.)
“Whatever story you believe, there’s an association between Howard Hughes and that slipper,” said Robert Chattel, a historic preservation consultant working with the museum. “This neon helps people understand the history of Las Vegas, that it was not necessarily the Strip we know today.”
The main-attraction Neon Boneyard is anything but a typical museum site. There are no restroom facilities and visitors are advised to wear close-toed shoes, as the yard features broken glass and rusty metal. The museum also got a nice write-up over the weekend in the New York Times.
[Photo courtesy outofLasVegas.com]