The Neon Museum in Las Vegas: The Complete Guide

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The Neon Museum Las Vegas

Las Vegas doesn't have an especially long history behind it, yet it's one dense with colorful events, stories galore, starpower, and icons. Remnants of many Sin City icons can now be found in one place: The Neon Museum . The museum is dedicated to distinctive and quintessential signage from some of Las Vegas' most famed landmarks and buildings from the past and present.

In fact, visionary filmmaker Tim Burton used vintage signs from Las Vegas' YESCO, now found in The Neon Museum's boneyard, for his 1996 film "Mars Attacks!,"—a satire of 1950s and 1960s sci-fi flicks and comic books. Burton was so taken by its collection and design that he partnered with The Neon Museum to create a brand new exhibition of his original fine art titled "Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum," on display from Oct. 15, 2019 to Feb. 20, 2020. Meanwhile, celebrities including Bruno Mars, RuPaul, Drew Barrymore, and Meat Loaf—who shot an album cover here—regularly stop by to bask in the glow of Las Vegas' glamorous (and sometimes scandalous) yesteryear.

Established in 1996 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit "dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment," the Neon Museum slowly but surely grew its collection of more than 200 retired neon signs. In 2012, it opened at its current location on 1.5 acres of land. There is a visitors' center with a retail store packed with nostalgia-themed merchandise, and the Neon Boneyard, a maze-like outdoor space lined with an ever-growing collection of hundreds of signs, some restored to their former glory and others awaiting such treatment.

The North Gallery, another section filled with unrestored signs, is the setting for an immersive, animated light and sound show at night titled "Brilliant!" . Created by tech-forward designer and experimental multimedia artist Craig Winslow, this innovative, augmented reality production sees these signs take an animated trip back in time and flicker back to life to a soundtrack of Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Liberace, and other legends that once graced stages of Las Vegas' finest hotel theaters and lounges. No matter what time you visit, The Neon Museum offers a rare and spectacular walk—self-guided, or with a tour guide—down one of the country's most inspired (and yes, kitschy!) memory lanes.

How to Visit

Located just north of Downtown Las Vegas and a half-mile from The Mob Museum , The Neon Museum is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. You can't miss the entrance: the space age-y former lobby of the La Concha Motel. Visitors can choose between a guided tour of the Neon Boneyard ($28 per person) or self-guided general admission ($22 per person with a $2 discount for reserving tickets online). The 25-minute "Brilliant!" experience costs $25 (strobe light effects are used). Discounts for the Neon Boneyard are also available to locals, veterans, and senior citizens. Members of The Neon Museum—annual memberships begin at $75—receive benefits like unlimited free admission, discounts around Las Vegas, and early access to special exhibitions.

The museum recommends that, due to the presence of rusty metal and broken glass, daytime tours be restricted to visitors over 10 years of age, and over 12 years at night.

What to See and Do

After checking in at the Visitors' Center, you'll be met by a docent for your scheduled tour of the Neon Boneyard, which lasts about an hour. While items in the Neon Boneyard date back to the 1930s, one of the Neon Museum's most recent acquisitions is also one of the most instantly recognizable: The Hard Rock Cafe's iconic, 80-foot-tall, upright guitar-shaped sign, which previously occupied the corner of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue.

Restored over a 4-month period for about $225,000—raised via social media, from contributors located in over 30 countries—the effort involved re-blowing the 28-year-old sign's 4,110 feet of neon glass tubing, repainting its front, and upgrading the electronics within. On March 4, 2019 it lit up the landscape once again in all its refreshed glory.

Some of the old school highlights from the Neon Boneyard include the restored Liberace Museum sign; signs from various casinos and hotels like The Tangiers (immortalized in Martin Scorsese's crime drama "Casino" ) , Stardust, Moulin Rouge, Golden Nugget, Stardust, Sahara, Silver Slipper, Hacienda, Yucca, and Caesar's Palace; plus businesses long gone, ranging from wedding chapels to a laundry.

The Neon Museum's 1,300-square-foot gift shop is stocked with an incredible array of clothing, mugs, magnets, and other merchandise emblazoned with graphics and logos from some of the casinos and hotels represented in the Neon Boneyard (including Stardust, The Mint, Ugly Duckling, and La Concha), along with books, photographs, and much more.

Tips for When You Visit

Midweek tends to be less crowded, making it easier to get last minute tour slots, whereas peak season weekends can book up weeks in advance. Although guided tours, with stories and anecdotes behind the signs and the establishments they marked, can be quite literally illuminating (at night), on a self-guided tour, you can linger and pose for Instagram shots with signs that prove particularly intriguing (hello, Liberace!) and breeze past those you find dull.

As for best time of day to visit, that depends on your priorities, according to Dawn Merritt, The Neon Museum's CMO. "People ask all the time, and we tell them if you want to see the fine details come during the day," she says, "but to step back in time and see what they looked like when in use, you can see them at night lit up.”

Since the boneyard is an outdoor attraction, scheduled tours are subject to cancellation if the weather proves problematic (e.g. lightning, rain, strong winds). In the event of a cancellation, tickets will be refunded and the tour will be rescheduled. Although smartphone and tablet photography is allowed, the Neon Museum forbids use of cameras and still photography for artistic or commercial use. Those who don't comply could be asked to leave.

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Neon Night Flight Spectacular Las Vegas Helicopter Tour

The Neon Night Flight Spectacular combines a trip to the Neon Museum Las Vegas and an evening helicopter tour over the Las Vegas Strip. With this exciting tour package, you'll discover the neon lights of Las Vegas from above and below. The evening includes a fabulous helicopter flight over the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, plus The Neon Museum experience. You'll learn about Sin City's history with a guided tour through the Neon Boneyard, which showcases more than 250 vintage Vegas signs, and a tour of the museum's North Gallery, which includes the spectacular show Brilliant! Jackpot - the ultimate Las Vegas after-dark illumination journey.

  • Departing From: Las Vegas Strip
  • Destination: Las Vegas
  • Duration: Approximately 3½ hours from hotel pick-up to hotel drop-off
  • Product Code: HLS-1NEON

The Neon Night Flight Spectacular will take guests on an unforgettable exploration through the history and splendor of the iconic sights that Las Vegas is known for - the neon lights.

The journey begins with luxury transport from most Las Vegas hotels to our VIP helicopter terminal. Guests will board an EcoStar helicopter for a memorable flight over the sparkling lights of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown. Capture incredible photo moments as they soar high above top attractions such as Allegiant Stadium, Bellagio fountains, the Paris Hotel Eiffel Tower, T-Mobile Arena, the High Roller Observation Wheel, SkyPod at The Strat, the illuminated MSG Sphere, and dozens of neon lights and signs.

After the helicopter tour, guests will walk down memory lane on a 45-minute guided tour at The Neon Museum. The Main Boneyard showcases over 250 Vegas signs spanning the decades, with nearly two dozen reilluminated and the others dramatically lit from the ground. The guided tour gives guests insights into the inspirations and technology behind the art of neon sign design and how the signs chronicle the fascinating and unique history of Las Vegas – its people, properties, and communities – from the 1930s to the present day.

The night also includes a tour of the museum's North Gallery and its immersive 360-degree audiovisual spectacular, Brilliant! Jackpot - an augmented reality experience that reilluminates unrestored signs and incorporates archival video and an iconic soundtrack to transport guests directly into Las Vegas history. The museum itinerary may vary.

Papillon Helicopters provides hotel pick-up and transport to our executive Las Vegas terminal for the helicopter portion of the tour and then transfers guests to the Neon Museum. After The Neon Museum tour, guests will be responsible for arranging their return transport. You'll be near the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, so visit an art gallery, head to a microbrewery, or take in some live music before returning to your hotel!

The itinerary may vary depending on seasonality and availability.

a Las Vegas Strip helicopter tour flies over the casinos and neon lights at night

Tour Highlights

  • The Neon Museum Guided Tour & Brilliant! Jackpot Show
  • A 10-15 minute flight covering both sides of the Las Vegas Strip and the legendary Downtown district
  • The Neon Museum
  • Hotel-to-hotel transportation from most major hotels in Downtown Las Vegas and on the Strip for Helicopter Portion and The Neon Museum Drop-off
  • Tour Duration: Approximately 3 1/2 hotel-to-museum
  • Flight Duration: Approximately 10-15 minutes
  • The Neon Museum Duration: Approximately 1 1/2 hours, including a guided tour and Brilliant! Jackpot show
  • Hotel Transfer: Pick-up from most hotels on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown area is approximately 60 minutes before flight departure (times are based on hotel location, time of day, and traffic conditions).
  • Papillon Helicopters will provide transportation for the helicopter portion and transfer to The Neon Museum. Guests will be responsible for their return transport following The Neon Museum experience.

What to Bring

  • Bring your I.D. – Passengers 18 years and older must bring a government-issued form of identification.
  • Water: You may bring bottled water; however, passengers cannot open the bottle in the aircraft.
  • Don’t forget your camera! Cameras and phones are allowed and encouraged on the helicopter, but please be aware that using “Selfie Sticks” and extending camera poles are strictly prohibited in and around the aircraft. 
  • The Neon Museum does not allow cameras but encourages the use of cell phones for personal photos and selfies. 
  • Not sure what to wear? Layered clothing is recommended through the months of March to September. We suggest heavy winter clothing from October to mid-March.

Request a Front Seat on your Helicopter Tour

Fly first class and experience the pilot's point of view with a front seat upgrade for only $60 per person! While every seat aboard our helicopters provide incredible views, the front seats offers a panoramic perspective and unobstructed photo opportunities.

All passengers are free to request a front seat upgrade, although availability is limited. Front seat upgrades are not guaranteed, but are assigned once the passenger check-in process is complete and seating aboard the helicopter is determined. If your request for an upgrade is confirmed, payment will be processed at the check-in counter prior to departure.

Charge to Request: Free Charge if Confirmed: $60

Neon Night Flight Spectacular FAQs

Papillon was founded in 1965 and is the world's most experienced and largest sightseeing company, flying nearly a quarter million passengers each year on daily tours around Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and beyond. Our mission is to provide the safest and most unforgettable aerial sightseeing experiences and adventures to the most beautiful destinations in the American Southwest. Join us today and make memories that will last a lifetime. At Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, that is what we specialize in.

Papillon’s Neon Night Flight includes a 10-15 minute flight covering both sides of the Las Vegas Strip and the legendary Downtown district.

Yes. Papillon Helicopters provides our guests with hotel pick-up and transport to our VIP helicopter terminal for the Las Vegas helicopter tour portion of the package. After your helicopter night flight, guests are also transferred to the Neon Museum. However, guests will be responsible for their return transport following The Neon Museum experience.

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Reviews of the neon museum, 5/5 - excellent.

go at nighttime, see both the neon boneyard and the brilliant show

The Brilliant show starts at 7:00.

Really cool to go and see. Doesnt take very long. I don't feel it would keep the attention of kids but I was happy we went and checked it out.

Make reservations

Small but well done. And make sure to do the Brilliant add on. Go around dusk.

Off the downtown strip but we uber. Well worth it

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Is the Neon Museum Worth Visiting? (Know Before You Go!)

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If you’re interested in the history of Las Vegas, the Neon Museum should be on your list of things to do and see when visiting the city. The Neon Museum is an attraction that dedicates itself to the collection and preservation of historic Las Vegas signs. It’s a living museum that’s definitely worth a visit for all lovers of vintage Las Vegas. It’s like a giant picture book of Las Vegas history.

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Is the Neon Museum worth it? The Neon Museum, founded in 1996, is home to a large collection of historic Las Vegas signage from hotels, casinos, businesses, and attractions that no longer exist. This family-friendly destination is just a short trip from the Strip and is worth visiting for all travelers to Vegas.

The Las Vegas Neon Museum is the historic soul of the city, known for its bustling nightlife and casinos.  If you’ve been visiting Las Vegas for decades, the signs will bring back fond memories of past trips. If not, you’ll recognize many of the vintage signs from old movies about Las Vegas.

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Is the Neon Museum Worth Visiting?

Is the Neon Museum Worth Visiting?

The 200,000 people who visited in 2018 think so. Rob McCoy, Neon Museum president, and chief executive officer, says that annual visitors are up 58% year-over-year.

Of the visitors who left reviews for the museum on TripAdvisor, 89% rate the site as Excellent or Very Good. And on Yelp, more than 1,200 reviewers have rated the museum with an average of 4 out of 5 stars.

The tourist spot has a lot to offer when you feel like a break from the Strip and hanging out in casinos. 

The main attraction at the Neon Museum Las Vegas is known as the “Neon Boneyard.” In the 2.62-acre outdoor boneyard, you’ll see signs from old Las Vegas businesses and casinos. You can opt for either general admission or take a guided tour.

In both cases, when you purchase tickets, they will be for a specific time. In this way, the facility can make sure that the walkways in between the signs don’t become overly crowded.

With general admission, you can walk around the grounds yourself during the day to check out all the retro signage. You’ll have about an hour to walk around, and museum docents are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Nighttime guided tours and special programs are also available ( website ).

Is the Neon Museum Better During the Day or at Night?

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While it might make sense that the Neon Museum would be better at night than during the day, there are actually some good reasons to go during the day.

First off, let me say that the signs in the yard are spectacular both day and night, and you won’t be disappointed either time you go. That being said, the big benefit of visiting during the day is that you’ll be able to see more signs.

As restoration is a slow and expensive process, not all areas of the boneyard are lit up at night, and you will definitely be able to see many of the signs better during the day.

Nighttime at the Neon Museum is remarkable because well … the lights!

So I have a recommendation. If your schedule permits, the best option for you would be to try and schedule your tickets for a late afternoon visit right before sunset so you’ll get to see the signs both during the day and lit up at night. These time slots fill up, however, so it would be a good idea to get your tickets online with a credit card ahead of time.

You can find some more information about day vs. night in this article: Is The Neon Museum Better Day or Night? .

Is the Neon Museum Lit Up at Night?

As I’ve mentioned before, not all the signs are lit up at night. In addition to the costs of restoration, lighting up all the signs would be cause for a shocking electric bill, and as a non-profit organization, the museum doesn’t have unlimited resources.

There are, however, many spectacular signs that are lit up at night.

The Silver Slipper from downtown Las Vegas, for instance, is one that is great to see at night.  The one-hour tour at night includes signs from Fremont Street and the downtown area.  The tour guide will share with you the history of each of the signs as well as any particular stories associated with the sign.

The signs that you may have seen in pictures and movies can be seen for real.  At night, they look extraordinarily pretty, especially the Original Golden Nugget Sign or the Pirate from the Treasure Island sign.  You will be amazed by their enormous size. 

The museum has worked tirelessly to restore many of the signs to working order so you can see them in all their lit-up glory. Obviously, it requires an enormous amount of time and money to get these signs working again, so many of the signs do not light up.

“Brilliant” at the Neon Museum

The cool thing is that the museum has designed a light show called “Brilliant” at night that uses lasers and projectors to shine images and archival footage onto the signs in a specific outdoor area where the signs don’t light up by themselves. In this way, these inoperable signs can come alive and bring “old Vegas neon” to life. Admission to this area requires an additional entry fee (see below).

Along with the lights, the museum also immerses you in a 360-degree audio soundtrack that further enhances the vintage Las Vegas feel.

The lights turn on haphazardly on each sign with no specific order. This adds an element of surprise and wonder to the show – you never quite know what to expect. This show lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Why is the Neon Museum Worth Visiting?

This short trip from the Strip is very much worth visiting because:

  • It’s a piece of living history: The neon signs will transport you back in time and give you a feel for old school Las Vegas.
  • It is a family-friendly attraction: This attraction will entertain visitors of all ages and is a great place to take the kids or extended family.
  • It’s pretty affordable: As you may be aware, not all places in Las Vegas can say that 🙂 Also, your entrance fee will help the museum maintain and restore these signs for future generations.
  • Signs are grouped by location: They have grouped the Neon Museum signs by original location. For instance, all the signs from the downtown area are grouped together. This really gives you a sense of how Las Vegas was and is laid out.
  • The tour is no longer than an hour or two : Depending on which ticket option you choose. You can check out a fun cultural and historical site of Las Vegas and be back on the Strip or downtown in no time.

What to Expect: Vegas Signs from the Neon Museum Tour

What to Expect at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas

Taking a tour is an excellent option as it will give you the most information and backstory about the signs. Here are a few of the highlights you’ll see on the tour:

  • Binion’s Upside-Down Horseshoes: An upside-down horseshoe is perceived to bring bad luck. The history of the Binion upside-down horseshoes relates to the story of how Benny Binion employed this bad luck symbol to his advantage by forcing his patrons to walk under them to enter his gaming establishment.

Fun fact: This Las Vegas Casino owner (Benny Binion) was the first to put carpet on the floor of a casino and serve complimentary drinks to his clients.

  • The Treasure Island Skull: – This skull was the centerpiece of the sign outside what is now called TI (Treasure Island).  This artifact is so huge that it is visible from Google Earth. Now this discarded prop is a popular spot in the boneyard for taking an iconic Las Vegas selfie.
  • The Green Shack Sign: – This sign attracts fans of the 1930s.  Back in the day, it invited laborers who moved to Las Vegas (to work on the construction of the Hoover Dam) for cocktails, steak, and chicken.  The restaurant closed in 1999, and its signature location was demolished in 2005. 

The only thing that remained were the two signs, the one you can see at the Neon Museum and another at the old, empty lot paying tribute to a business that time passed by.

  • The El Portal Original Sign: – This sign is from a theatre located on Fremont Street and was the first building in Las Vegas to install air-conditioning.  The building that was once an oasis in the desert is now converted into an Indian Arts and Craft store. 
  • The Moulin Rouge: – This sign is a reminder of a couple of the legends of Las Vegas, Nat King Cole, and Sammy Davis Jr., who founded The Moulin Rouge, a Sin City Casino that allowed patrons and performers of all colors and races to party into the early morning hours without discrimination.

Even though the original structure burned down, the sign is preserved at the Neon Museum, thereby keeping its history alive.

  • The Fitzgerald’s Coin: – This property has gone through quite a few name changes. Operating from 1987 to 2012 as Fitzgeralds Hotel and Casino, it is now in operation as the D by Derek Stevens, a visionary from Fremont Street.  The property was also previously known as Sundance in the early 80s. Names change, but the sign survives.

The sign, showing a pot of gold, used to hang above the entrance to the casino.

These are just a few of the highlights that stand out at the museum.  There is a myriad of other signs that symbolize different aspects of the history of the Las Vegas Valley. 

How Did The Neon Boneyard and Museum Get its Start?

The motivation behind the museum started with the iconic sign from the Sands Hotel and Casino. After the hotel closed in 1995, the sign was scrapped due to its huge size and the inability to store it anywhere.  After that, it was realized how important the old signs were artistically and historically.

The Neon Museum was born in 1996 in partnership between the City of Las Vegas and the Allied Arts Council of Southern Nevada. Their goal is to preserve these cultural relics.

Las Vegas Neon Museum’s timeline:

  • The Neon Museum rebuilt and placed the Hacienda Horse and Rider sign on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, marking its official launch in 1996.  Initially, visits to the growing collection were through appointments, and only 12-20,000 attended that year.
  • The historic La Concha motel lobby building was donated to the museum in 2005. This is now the museums current headquarters and visitor’s center. 
  • This refurbishment of La Concha was so costly that the museum invited outside investment and was able to raise several million dollars. $6.5 million was raised and invested in the headquarters, visitor center, a park, and a 15 major signs renovation project.
  • The destination was marked as a National Scenic Byway in November 2009 when the museum installed the Silver Slipper sign near the visitor center, along with two other classic signs installed along Las Vegas Blvd.
  • The museum finally opened to the paid public in 2012, where attendance rose to 60,461, far exceeding the initial forecast of 45 to 50,000 visitors that year.

How Long Is the Neon Museum Tour?

You’ll be at the Neon museum between an hour to an hour and a half, depending on if you’re taking a tour, just doing general admission, or if you are also planning to see the Brilliant (see more about “Brilliant” above) light show. You may have to walk a lot in the graveled sand, so it’s best to wear comfortable walking shoes. 

Cost to Visit Museum and Neon Boneyard

Unfortunately, there are no discount combination tickets for both General Admission and Brilliant. These will have to be purchased separately.

You can purchase your tickets online he re in advance by choosing from available time slots. Just showing up at the museum may or may not get you inside. It depends on availability, so it’s always best to purchase admission ahead of time.

Note: There are various discounts offered to seniors, students, military, and locals (Nevada residents), which consist of a few dollars off the regular prices.

Neon Museums Hours

The Neon Museum of Las Vegas is open 7 days a week.

Can I Take Pictures at the Neon Museum?

Can I Take Pictures at the Neon Museum?

The museum has a clearly spelled-out policy about photography and video. You can read it in full here. Basically, you are welcome to take photos for personal use but not for promotional or business purposes. So, if you just want to take photos for yourself – go for it!

The best way to go about getting some great photos at the Neon Museum without running afoul of their camera policy is to leave your DSLR in the hotel and use your mobile phone. You’ll capture some great images, and no museum personnel will question you.

If you really want to capture the beauty of the signs with your best camera gear, the Neon Museum hosts photo walks several times a month. This is your chance to use a tripod and all your lenses to create the images serious photographers really want. Images taken during photo walks are still for personal use only, and the walk must be scheduled ahead of time here .

The outside lots are filled to the brim with signs, and great photo opportunities abound!

How to Get to the Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is located at: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North (opens google maps).

If you are driving yourself, you can find nearby parking at the Cashman Center next door. If you don’t have a car, there are several ways to get to the museum, including by bus, taxi or Uber. We’ve written a complete guide to getting around Las Vegas without a car. You can read it here .

Neon Museum FAQs

Can i get a private tour of the neon museum boneyard.

Yes, the museum offers private tours. You can contact [email protected] for availability and cost.

Can I bring pets to the Neon Museum?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), only trained service animals that perform tasks for disabled individuals are permitted at the Neon Museum.

How long in advance can you purchase Neon Museum tickets?

Tickets can be bought online and are usually available up to a month in advance.

In Conclusion

The Neon Museum is one of the top cultural stops on any trip to Las Vegas. Young or old, day or night, you will surely enjoy your visit.

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Join The Neon Museum for a very special Virtual Tour: Viva Las Vegas Movies

Research and Content Delivery Manager Johann Rucker will take you through the Neon Boneyard to explore the properties featured in iconic films, from the all-time greats and cult classics to lesser-known independent films in which Las Vegas has played a role. We’ll ask: Is Las Vegas a character unto itself in a movie? Join us as The Neon Museum’s collection allows us to rekindle your relationship with films you know and love, the movie you’re embarrassed to admit you love and discover a few hidden gems you’ll want to review for your collection.

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10 Cheap Things To Do In Las Vegas That Are Perfectly Budget-Friendly

  • Las Vegas offers a variety of affordable attractions beyond its famous casinos, including free shows, beautiful parks, and captivating museums.
  • Visitors can enjoy the stunning Bellagio Fountain Show, the Fremont Street Experience, and the Neon Museum for a budget-friendly price.
  • Exploring the free attractions, such as the Mirage Volcano, the Bellagio Conservatory, and the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, allows travelers to experience the magic of Las Vegas without breaking the bank.

There's a variety of cheap things to do in the US , but most don't think of Las Vegas when they search for affordable American cities to visit. Of course, Las Vegas attracts visitors worldwide with its glitzy casinos, luxury resorts, and endless entertainment options. However, experiencing all that Sin City offers doesn't have to break the bank; it can actually be deemed one of the cheap spots for a vacation in Nevada , so long as people know where to look.

Beyond the casinos, Las Vegas has beautiful parks, captivating museums, and free shows galore. Travelers can admire the iconic neon-lit landscapes, see dancing fountains, enjoy nature hikes, dive into the unforgettable waves of fun at Las Vegas pool parties, and more without going bankrupt. For those looking for cheap places to travel , these affordable Las Vegas attractions prove that one of America's most famous cities doesn't need to cost a fortune.

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Watch The Bellagio Fountain Show

The stunning choreographed fountains at the Bellagio are the crown jewel of the Las Vegas Strip. For free, visitors can enjoy an incredible display as the fountains dance and sway to music and lights. Daily shows run every 30 minutes in the evenings, alternating between classics and pop tunes.

Stake out a good viewpoint on the sidewalk in front of the Bellagio before show time.

  • Hours: Shows run every 30 minutes, from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon-Friday, to 12 p.m.-8 p.m. weekends.
  • Best Time to Visit: Evening shows to see fountains lit up.

Enjoy The Freemont Street Experience

In downtown Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian mall features an illuminated LED canopy 90 feet overhead that runs for five city blocks. Visitors can take in dazzling light shows and music performances under the canopy hourly each night.

Street performers and lively bars add to the pulsing energy. Visitors can also enjoy the numerous unique and quirky attractions on Fremont Street and snap some Insta-worthy photos.

  • Length: Fremont Street canopy is five city blocks long.
  • Things to Do: See street performers, listen to live music at bars, and shop.

Visit The Neon Museum

This unique museum is among the many cheap attractions in Las Vegas; it's an outdoor "boneyard" with over 200 rescued neon signs from old Vegas hotels and businesses.

A guided tour provides fascinating history and context behind the retro designs powered up at night. Tours start at $19 for an illuminating look at classic Vegas.

  • Tour Duration Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last tour at 4 p.m.)—extended hours for nighttime tours.
  • Daytime tours: last about 1 hour. Nighttime tours last for 1.5 hours.

Ride The High Roller Observation Wheel

The High Roller in Las Vegas is the world's tallest observation wheel, which towers 550 feet; it towers over the Vegas Strip. Riding in one of the 28 pods offers panoramic views while soaring high above Las Vegas.

Purchase a "happy half-hour" pass for $22 to ride during the 30 minutes right before sunset and see the city lights pop on.

  • Tour Duration: The wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one full revolution.
  • Best Time to Visit: Late afternoon for sunset or evening for night views.

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Visit The Mob Museum

Immerse in organized crime history at the Mob Museum in downtown Vegas . Tour exhibits include mobsters' weapons and the actual brick wall from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Admission starts at $27, with discounts available for booking online.

  • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tour Duration: Allow 2-3 hours to read/explore all exhibits.

See A Free Las Vegas Show

Las Vegas has plenty of entertainment that won't cost a dime. Watch street performers and hilarious pirates battling on the Strip. Catch lounge acts in Circus Circus and live music at Fremont Street bars.

Plus, go people-watching at the Bellagio Conservatory and Mirage Volcano - classic free Vegas acts.

  • Best Time to Visit: Evenings when most street performers are out.
  • Things to Do: Walk along the Strip to find street artists. Check schedules for free lounge acts.

Discover The Mirage Volcano

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Arrive early to get a front-row view for free on the Strip.

  • Hours: Shows run every hour from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Best Time to Visit: Evening for full fire and lights display.
  • Things to Do: Stake out a front-row spot 30+ minutes early.

Explore The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens At Bellagio

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Visitors can take a peaceful stroll for free to admire the handiwork of the hotel's skilled horticulturists.

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  • Best Time to Visit: Displays change seasonally.
  • Top Attractions: Chinese New Year displays, autumn harvest exhibit.

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Go For A Hike In Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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Explore the striking natural landscape on foot, then stop at the visitor center. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers unparalleled views of the Mojave Desert and various hiking trails to visitors.

  • Difficulty: Hiking trails range from easy to difficult.
  • Duration: Hikes can range from one hour to a full day.

Visit The Ethel M Chocolate Factory And Botanical Cactus Garden

Satisfy a sweet tooth while sticking to a budget at this popular chocolate factory and cactus garden, which is free to the public.

Take a self-guided tour of the factory viewing area and store, then meander through three acres of unique cacti located in nearby Henderson.

  • Hours: Self-guided viewing area and botanic garden open daily 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Things to Do: Take a free chocolate sample, browse the gift shop, and stroll the cactus gardens.

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Liberace’s museum is closed, but you can still see his stuff in Las Vegas

The Liberace Garage holds a massive collection of the entertainer’s memorabilia, including the Rolls-Royce he used to make his entrance at the Las Vegas Hilton.

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In an industrial plaza on Dean Martin Drive, where the buildings are made of beige corrugated metal and the businesses provide auto repair and tattoos, sits part of the collection of Liberace, one of the most flamboyant and notable entertainers in the history of Las Vegas.

It’s called the Liberace Garage and can be found at the back of the Hollywood Cars Museum. Liberace previously had a dedicated museum in a shopping center on Tropicana Avenue, but it closed in 2010 in what the Las Vegas Review-Journal described at the time as “financial ruin.”

Liberace, who was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace in 1919 and became known for using elaborate costumes and cars in his Las Vegas piano performances, created a foundation in his name in 1976 and gave it his collection of costumes, cars and art.

The museum opened in 1979. By 2012, when the foundation recruited Jonathan Warren, Las Vegas’ honorary consul of Monaco and a local history enthusiast, to join its board, it had ended its endowment and was laboring under debt, said Warren. Board members had fled.

Things have improved since then. The foundation has little cash, said Warren, who is now chair of the foundation, and survives on donated space and ticket sales. But Liberace’s collection is once again on display and the foundation owns Liberace’s intellectual property and the rights to his image. When people want to use his assets, the foundation makes money, he said.

Its collection now spans 12,000 to 14,000 cubic feet when it’s crated and a period that extends from the 1920s to the present day.

“Exhibited, that’s like the ground floor of the Smithsonian,” Warren said. He claims it’s one of the largest show business collections in the world.

At the garage, conceived in 2016, you can see photos of Liberace with Lucille Ball, The Jackson 5, Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II. There are glitzy pink and red tuxedos that Michael Douglas wore in “Behind the Candelabra,” a 2013 movie about Liberace’s relationship with a younger man. There are pianos, including one that Chloe Flower and Cardi B used for a performance at the 2019 Grammys.

And there are the cars, like the 1961 Rolls Royce Liberace used to make his entrance at the Las Vegas Hilton in the 1970s, when Warren said he was getting paid $300,000 a week. Some are bedazzled with mirror tile. One convertible is covered in 84,000 Austrian crystals.

Besides the garage, which is open every day and where tickets start at $19.95, the collection is also displayed at Michael Jackson’s former home, Thriller Villa, on Palomino Lane. Warren said that location is open for limited viewings. Tickets are listed at $179 online.

Liberace’s popularity has grown with millennials because of the 2013 movie, Warren said, but his biggest fan demographic is probably in the United Kingdom, where he had a television show in the 1960s. Fans there are baby boomers and members of Generation X, he said, whereas American fans were the parents of baby boomers.

Another movie or TV project may be coming in the future. Board member Slade Smiley, a cast member of Real Housewives of Orange County, said there are discussions for a documentary, film and scripted series.

Warren believes Liberace, whom he never met or saw in concert, had a major influence in Las Vegas, where he started performing in 1944.

“He was the original showman on the Las Vegas strip,” he said, and “he’s the reason the place looks like it does.”

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