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Neon Museum Planning Expansion

Plan Is to Add 32,000 Square Feet To Exbit

May 15, 2019 - 8:37 am

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Plans have been announced for an expansion of the Neon Museum downtown.

The popular site, which opened back in 2012 as a salute to all the classic Vegas Neon signs, says it plans to take over the currently vacant Reed Whipple Cultural Center nearby, which will allow for an indoor exhibit as well as extra storage space. The Center has been shuttered since 2016

The problem the museum currently has is really too much of a good thing: diminishing amounts of space combined with too many great signs that speak volumes on the history of Las Vegas, which celebrated it's 114th birthday on Wednesday

In addition to an indoor display, incorporating the Whipple Center into the mix would also allow more signs to be displayed in that building's parking lot. The City Council will consider a three year lease of the building at its Wednesday meeting

Plenty of work needs to go into making the Whipple Center usable for the purposes of the Neon Museum,though. Because of that the first phase of the reconstruction, which is expected to begin in August, is expected to cost just over $3 million. The cost will be aided by a $2.2 million grant from the city of Las Vegas. It's hoped that the first phase of the expansion will be completed in early 2020