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The Neon Boneyard

Bright lights, big city

The Boneyard 'showpiece'

Home of Liberace

The Happy Shirt

Hand blown

Rust and ruin

Road to restoration

Five miles north of the Las Vegas Strip, The Neon Museum is a dedicated to rescuing and restoring the forgotten signs that made Las Vegas in its heyday.

Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Neon Museum's main exhibition area, known as the Neon Boneyard, brings together a huge array of once bright signs and letters under the Nevada sun.

Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Museum's most popular sign is the Stardust. While its letters sit together, the galaxy of stars that made this retro-futuristic sign so famous is scattered through the Boneyard.

Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

One of The Neon Museum's restored and relit signs pays tribute to another Vegas icon.

Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

This sign from Liberace's go-to dry cleaner, Steiner Cleaners, featured two sets of sleeves that used to light up to make the Happy Shirt "dance."

Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

Every neon tube, including the ones on this Yucca sign, has to be hand blown.

Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

After spending years out in the elements, plenty of The Neon Museum's signs show the kind of wear and tear you'd expect from a veteran Elvis impersonator.

Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

Even without re-blowing and lighting the Neon tubes on this Desert Rose sign, the restoration of paint and metal cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caption by / Photo by James Martin/CNET, with permission at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
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