Neon, Mob museums announce new programs

Museum education is front and center thanks to new projects launched by the Neon Museum and the Mob Museum.

“Gallery Talks,” a new series of 15-minute presentations, have been initiated at the Neon Museum during daytime general admission hours in the Neon Boneyard. The talks, which will depart from the museum’s back patio near the newly installed Hard Rock Café guitar, will center on three themes: “History Highlights” (general history), “Not Just Neon” (art and design) and “Pop Culture Boneyard.”

“As a museum dedicated to preserving and exhibiting historic signs for the enrichment of the public, we created ‘Gallery Talks’ to engage with the hundreds of guests who join us for general admission each day,” says Cynthia Behr Warso, the museum’s director of curation and education, in a statement.

“We understand due to limited availability, not every visitor can take our full-length, guided tours. This new option gives our guests on a tighter schedule the opportunity to encounter illuminating stories behind the signs in our collection. We hope they leave their museum visit with the knowledge that these signs are not only incredibly visually appealing, but also extraordinary historic artifacts.”

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New outreach programs created by the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a.k.a. The Mob Museum, are designed for both local seniors and Clark County students in fourth-through-12th grade.

Called “Investigating History,” the programs will address topics including “African American History of Las Vegas,” “Prohibition and American Society,” “Las Vegas and Hoover Dam,” “Las Vegas Entertainers” and “Las Vegas and the Mob.” Venues the programs will visit include Atria Seville assisted living, Bailey Middle School, Sahara West Library, the Adelson Educational Campus, Centennial Hills Library and Leavitt Middle School.

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