Museum starts night tours of signs from Vegas past

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Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Updated Sunday, May 26 at 11:05 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — For years, the junked signs that advertised old Las Vegas have gathered dust in a neon boneyard 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 multicolored spotlights on its outdoor collection of 150 signs. It is also extending hours until 10 p.m.

A handful of signs have been fully restored with new bulbs.

Visitors have been able to meander past the Silver Slipper, Aladdin's lamp, the Stardust marquee since October.

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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