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Published on January 12th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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A Look At The Must-See Tim Burton Exhibit At Las Vegas’ Innovative Neon Museum

Located just a few miles off of the Las Vegas Strip, The Neon Museum is unlike any museum I have ever been to. Dedicated to preserving no-longer-used neon signs from local Vegas spots, The Neon Museum is simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic. A series of outdoor spaces to walk through — you can rightfully imagine it as a large, clean and carefully-curated junkyard, or “boneyard” — it is refreshingly not pretentious on any level, instead carrying a fun and celebratory vibe.

The Neon Museum currently has a series of exhibits related to artist and filmmaker Tim Burton on display for a limited run. While primarily associated with Los Angeles — where he grew up and made many of his iconic films — Burton not only visited Las Vegas a lot during his childhood, but has also filmed movies there (e.g. Mars Attacks!) and worked with Vegas-based artists (e.g. The Killers).

I had the pleasure of checking all of them out on January 11, 2020 both in the daylight and early hours of darkness. Without giving too much away, below are some photographic highlights from this visit. Simply put, if you will be in the Vegas area anytime soon, do yourself a favor and visit The Neon Museum. And yes, fans of Tim Burton can expect some interesting limited-edition merch within museum’s gift shop on the way out. More on the Neon Museum is online at www.neonmuseum.org.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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