Museum starts night tours of signs from Vegas past

May 25, 2013 • Entertainment

A tourist takes a photo at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas on Friday, May 24, 2013. For the past six months, visitors have had to squint up at the hulking metal forms through the desert sun. On Friday, the museum unveiled nighttime hours. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The junked signs that attracted throngs to old Las Vegas have for years gathered dust in a neon boneyard just a few miles from the sleek mega-casinos on the Strip.

This Memorial Day weekend, the hulking metal come-ons are once again glinting and shimmering at night.

The Neon Museum, where Sin City’s most iconic signs go to retire, has begun aiming more than 100 multicolored spotlights on its outdoor collection of 150 signs. It’s also extending hours for nighttime tours, and a handful of signs have been fully restored with new bulbs.

Since October, visitors have been able to meander past the Silver Slipper, Aladdin’s lamp, the Stardust marquee and dozens of other signs saved from the wrecking ball. But the museum closed at 5:30 p.m., meaning that tourists had to squint through the desert sun to glimpse the old guardians of this nighttime city.

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