Friday, December 1, 2023

The Neon Museum celebrates its tenth anniversary

The Neon Museum received a special proclamation from the city of Las Vegas to commemorate its 10th anniversary of the opening of its current campus on Las Vegas Boulevard in historic downtown Las Vegas on October 27, 2012. Councilman Cedric Crear presented the proclamation in person to The Neon Museum’s executive director Aaron Berger inside the museum’s Neon Boneyard, home to its iconic neon sign collection.

“The Neon Museum brings great distinction and honor to Ward 5 and all of Las Vegas,” stated Crear. “As a Las Vegas native, I applaud the Museum’s commitment to telling the stories of our city’s history — including those stories that might be lesser known, like the civil rights effort in Las Vegas or the unique cultural contributions of community members. These are important historical stories for us to celebrate and for people to hear, now and for generations to come. I congratulate the Museum on its 10-year anniversary and look forward to supporting its future endeavors.”

Councilman Cedric Crear (left) and The Neon Museum Executive Director Aaron Berger (right). Photo courtesy of The Neon Museum.

“Receiving this recognition from the city of Las Vegas and Councilman Crear is a great honor, because The Neon Museum would not exist had it not been for the support and efforts of the city,” said Berger. “We are incredibly fortunate to have our city leadership partner with us to preserve, present and educate locals and visitors about the history of our great city.”

On Friday evening, The Neon Museum will continue to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special ticketed event at Jungle Palace, the private estate of former Las Vegas illusionists Siegfried & Roy. The outdoor formal affair includes guided tours inside the remarkable home led by S & R company and crew who knew the pair well. The evening will include a special appearance by their stage partner and close friend, Lynette Chappell, known as “The Evil Queen.” Her intimate stories will highlight the on and off-stage lives of Siegfried & Roy, and other friends and colleagues of the illusionists will share their personal anecdotes too.

At the event, The Neon Museum will award the institution’s founding president, Barbara Molasky, with its Glow Award to recognize her steadfast dedication and extraordinary contributions to establish The Neon Museum. Her efforts trace back to 1996, ultimately leading to the opening of the current museum campus in 2012 that has welcomed more than a million visitors over the last decade.

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