Are you ready to immerse yourself in the world of architecture and design? Look no further than The Neon Museum’s Duck Duck Shed, where an exciting lineup of upcoming programs awaits you starting in October every year. From renowned architectural speakers, to hands-on experiences, Duck Duck Shed offers a variety of engaging events that will captivate your imagination and teach you more about the iconic architecture that makes up Las Vegas.

Get ready to explore Vegas' architectural marvels, learn about the evolution of design, and discover the hidden gems of the city. In this article, we will highlight the top five programs that you shouldn't miss, followed by a list of other exciting events coming to the venue, to build your anticipation. So, let's dive in!


1. Deep Dive on Cirque du Soleil's "O": Celebrating 25 Years in Las Vegas

October 4, 2023 @ 11 am | Bellagio Las Vegas

Join the leadership, cast, and crew of Cirque du Soleil's legendary show, "O," for a rare technical demonstration and panel discussion. Gain insights into the production's theatrics and the incredible fusion of human performance, technology, music, and costumes that continue to mesmerize audiences. End the session with an opportunity to go on stage for a memorable photo and never forget your experience here.

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2. From Neon to Natural: The Use of Light in Casinos

October 4, 2023 @ 3 pm | Golden Nugget Hotel Casino
Approved for AIA CE credit – 1.5 Learning Unit

This event is one you won’t want to miss as you listen to some of the most influential Las Vegas developers talk through their experience. Discover the evolution of light in architecture and design in Las Vegas with Gillian Wynn, an expert in biophilic design. Listen to Roger Thomas, Emeritus EVP Design Wynn Resorts, as he shares his experience designing iconic Las Vegas buildings. And last but not least, Todd-Avery Lenahan, President and Chief Design Officer for Wynn Design Development, will also provide insights into contemporary resort design and the impact of light on visitor experiences.

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3. Dinner with Oscar: A Glimpse into Las Vegas' Notorious Past

October 4, 2023 @ 5 pm | The Plaza Hotel & Casino

Join Oscar Goodman, former mayor of Las Vegas, for an unforgettable evening filled with captivating stories from his career as a defense attorney for alleged gangsters. Experience a 3-course dinner prepared by award-winning Chef Ben Jenkins while hearing firsthand accounts of Goodman's interactions with the government and his defense of renowned organized crime figures. There’s no better way to learn about the city's history than from the first king of Las Vegas.

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4. Food Through the Ages: Tasting Las Vegas' Food History

October 5, 2023 @ 6 pm | Main Street Provisions

Indulge your taste buds and immerse yourself in Las Vegas' culinary history. Restaurateur Kim Owens, Chef Patrick Munster, and food historian Sarah Lohman will guide you through a cocktail-style event at Main St. Provisions in the Las Vegas Arts District for an unforgettable tour of the food in Las Vegas throughout the years. Sample dishes inspired by iconic Las Vegas restaurants of the past and gain historical insights into the city's vibrant food culture. And let's not forget, savor mouthwatering flavors that will leave you wanting seconds.

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5. Still Learning From Las Vegas with Christopher Hawthorne

October 6, 2023 @ 1 pm | Golden Nugget Hotel Casino
Approved for AIA CE credit – 1.5 Learning Unit

Explore the enduring impact of the groundbreaking book "Learning From Las Vegas" by Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, and Steven Izenour. Christopher Hawthorne, author of a New Yorker essay commemorating the book's 50th anniversary, will reflect on the lessons of Las Vegas' architecture and urban design. Delve into the city's past and envision its future in the context of emerging debates surrounding labor, adaptive reuse, and climate change.

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While we've highlighted the top five programs that are guaranteed to captivate your imagination, there are still more exciting programs and events coming to Duck Duck Shed to look forward to. Whether you’re interested in a tour of the Neon Boneyard or are looking for an educational activity for the kids, our programs can deliver. 

- Innovating Entertainment: The Evolution of Experience Design in Las Vegas

AIA CE credit approval pending

- Sphere: Postcard from Earth

- Duck Duck Shed for Ducklings: Architecture for Kids

- Gallery Talk with Todd Fisher | The Persona. The Person: Debbie Reynolds in Las Vegas

- Local Lore of Downtown Walking Tour

Approved for AIA CE credit – 2 Learning Unit

- The Persona. The Person: Debbie Reynolds in Las Vegas

- By Architects for Architects (and Enthusiasts!): A Tour of the Neon Boneyard

Approved for AIA CE credit – 1.5 Learning Unit

- Viva Las Vegas Movies

Learn More about Duck Duck Shed Programs

Duck Duck Shed is the hub for architecture and design in Las Vegas. With an array of programs that span from technical demonstrations to immersive experiences, this year's lineup promises to engage and inspire. Don't miss out on the top five programs we highlighted, and be sure to check out the other fascinating events that will broaden your understanding of Las Vegas' architectural heritage.

Visit the Duck Duck Shed website for more information and secure your tickets to experience the vibrant world of architecture firsthand in fabulous Las Vegas!

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