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Museum Guide for Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is about so much more than bigger-than-life hotels and beat-pumping nightclubs. For the visitor with a curious mind and interest in educational opportunities, check out one of the city's many intriguing museums.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

The Neon Museum

Speciality Museums

The Mob Museum

Speciality Museums

The National Atomic Testing Museum

Speciality Museums

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Art Museums

Bodies The Exhibition

Science Museums

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

History Museums

DISCOVERY Children's Museum

Speciality Museums, Science Museums, Children's Museums

Nevada State Museum

Speciality Museums, History Museums

Pinball Hall of Fame

Speciality Museums

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, State Parks

JoAnna H's City Tips

  • Most museums are located within the main tourist areas of Las Vegas, but for those that are not, catch a taxi or rent a car for transportation.
  • Check hours for museums prior to visiting. Occasionally they are closed because of exhibit installation or special events.
  • If you're planning on visiting outdoor exhibits or museums during the summer months, dress appropriately for the hot weather. Carry a bottle of water with you.
  • Though you don't need to dress up to visit one of Las Vegas' museums, it is appropriate to cover up swimwear.
  • Even though this is Las Vegas and many people embrace the idea of 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,' these are museums, so treat fellow patrons with respect.
  • Check each museum's policies regarding taking photography prior to pulling out your camera.
  • The Neon Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    JoAnna H Says:

    The Neon Museum is the final resting place for many of Las Vegas' former neon signs. This outdoor museum has dozens of discarded neon signs on display, which have been rescued by a non-profit organization to preserve an important and creative piece of the city's past. Volunteer guides provide context for the signs with organized tours of the museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Due to the popularity of the museum, book your spot on a tour in advance.
    • The Neon Museum has stringent photography rules. Video and audio equipment are not allowed on tours.
    • Though tours may be cancelled due to high winds or lightning, they are rarely cancelled due to rain. Come prepared for the current weather conditions.
    • There is broken glass and rusty wire on the grounds. It is highly recommended that you wear close-toed shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Blast from the past! 21/05/2019
    • Vintage signs from former hotels refurbished and displayed 21/05/2019
    • The Neon Museum
    Address:
    770 Las Vegas Blvd N
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-2010
    Phone:
    +1 702-387-6366
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$22
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • The Mob Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    JoAnna H Says:

    Las Vegas has a rich past of Mob activity and organized crime. Instead of hiding from this sketchy part of its history, the Mob Museum provides context for how such activity helped shape the city as its known today. The museum houses collections of Las Vegas-specific memorabilia and information on organized crime throughout the world in general.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The Mob Museum hosts several guest speakers and special presentations. Check the museum's web site for organized events to get the most out of a visit.
    • The museum is housed in a courthouse that is on the Nevada and National Registers of Historic Places. The Kefauver hearings took place here in 1950.
    • Though there are lots of artifacts on display that are interesting to look at, take time to read the exhibit information instead of just breezing by.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • very informative 21/05/2019
    • Great History 21/05/2019
    • The Mob Museum
    Address:
    300 Stewart Avenue
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-2956
    Phone:
    +1 702-229-2734
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • The National Atomic Testing Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    JoAnna H Says:

    Southern Nevada used to serve as an area for nuclear testing, and this museum provides context and information about that period in history. Thousands of items on display offer insight into the development and testing of the atomic bomb, and rotating exhibits offer information on related topics such as Area 51. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Though this museum isn't necessarily interesting to kids, parents can download activities from the museum's web site in advance to help facilitate an educationally rich visit.
    • Occasionally the Smithsonian hosts free museum days throughout the country. On those days, it is free to visit the National Atomic Testing Museum.
    • Discounts are available for seniors, youth, military personnel, Nevada residents and students.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Fun and fairly large collection of items and information from this part of Vegas history 20/05/2019
    • if you like odd history, medium sized museum and lots of reading then this is for you. 07/05/2019
    • The National Atomic Testing Museum
    Address:
    755 E Flamingo Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-7363
    Phone:
    +1 702-794-5151
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
    Art Museums
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    JoAnna H Says:

    The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art may consist of a single exhibit room, but the rotating exhibits are just as impressive as any visitors might find in a famous, free-standing art museum anywhere in the world. Partnerships with various prestigious art institutions have given visitors on the Las Vegas Strip an opportunity to view and appreciate work from artists ranging from Monet to Warhol.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Exhibits at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art rotate a couple times a year, so if there's something you'd like to see, do so because it won't be around for long.
    • Self-guided audio tours help provide context behind the works of art on display. Audio tours are available in English, Spanish and French.
    • Strollers are not permitted in the gallery.
    • Photography is not allowed, but an on-site gift shop sells books, postcards and memorabilia from each exhibit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Yayoi infinity exhibit. 26/04/2019
    • Yayoi Kusama 24/04/2019
    • Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
    Address:
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Bellagio
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
    Phone:
    +1 702-693-7722
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bodies The Exhibition
    Science Museums
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    JoAnna H Says:

    The human body is a complex machine, and 'Bodies...The Exhibition' provides an inside look – literally – at how it works. This impressive gallery includes 13 full-body specimens on display and dozens of organs as well as detailed descriptions of what everything is and how it all functions together.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • This is a popular attraction for families, so plan a visit during a week day if possible in order to avoid crowds.
    • Be mindful that these specimens were at one time living people. They are respectfully preserved, and you should be respectful in viewing them.
    • MGM Resorts International sells an attraction pass that can help save money if you're planning on visiting several of its attractions and exhibits.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Informative 19/05/2019
    • Really enjoyed it 18/05/2019
    • Bodies The Exhibition
    Address:
    3900 Las Vegas Blvd S
    The Luxor Hotel and Casino
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1004
    Phone:
    +1 702-262-4400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
    History Museums
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    JoAnna H Says:

    'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' preserves more than 250 items that were aboard the famous ship when it sunk to the bottom of the ocean on its maiden voyage at sea in 1912. Highlights of the gallery include pieces of luggage, floor tiles, gaming chips, passenger papers and a window frame as well as a piece of the Titanic's hull. There is also a recreation of the Grand Staircase that was on the ship. 'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' does a great job of tying these singular items together with the personal and emotional aspects of that fateful day at sea.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • MGM Resorts International offers an discount package that will help save money if you plan to visit several of its attractions during your stay.
    • The attraction is popular with families. To avoid crowds, consider visiting during a week day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • The ice is truly chilling! 20/05/2019
    • Loved it 19/05/2019
    • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
    Address:
    Luxor Hotel Last Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV
    Phone:
    +1 702-262-4400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • DISCOVERY Children's Museum
    Speciality Museums, Science Museums, Children's Museums
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    JoAnna H Says:

    Las Vegas' children's museum recently moved into its current space, which has given it room to expand with nine themed exhibits. The museum is equal parts educational and fun, giving kids the opportunity to safely run off energy while providing interactive opportunities for learning. Among the popular exhibits are Patents Pending, which encourages curious exploration of science and invention; Young at Art, where kids can get in touch with their creative side; Fantasy Festival, which allows kids to get on stage and act out a role from the imagination; and Toddler Town, specifically designed with young kids in mind.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • An exhibition called The Summit has multi-level entrances and exits, and it can be easy to lose sight of your child here, so pay close attention when you visit this area.
    • In addition to the nine permanent exhibits in the museum, there is a traveling exhibit that changes a couple times each year.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays during the winter and select holidays.
    • Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • FAB Children's Museum 21/05/2019
    • Fun for everyone 17/04/2019
    • DISCOVERY Children's Museum
    Address:
    360 Promenade Pl
    Las Vegas, NV 89106-1470
    Phone:
    +1 702-382-3445
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$15
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Nevada State Museum
    Speciality Museums, History Museums
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    JoAnna H Says:

    While walking the Las Vegas Strip with its mega resorts and flashy neon signs, it is easy to forget that the city is located in the desert. At the Nevada State Museum, visitors are invited to explore this desert environment with galleries providing information on the Silver State's mining history, native plants and animals, Nevada's foray into atomic technology and the rise of Las Vegas as we know it today.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is located off the Strip at Springs Preserve, and you'll need to take a taxi or rent a car to reach it.
    • Get the most out of your trip to Nevada State Museum and visit Springs Preserve, an educational facility with outdoor walking trails and exhibits, which is also located here.
    • The museum is open Thursday through Monday.
    • Admission to Springs Preserve covers the entrance fee for Nevada State Museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Fantastic museum 04/05/2019
    • Showcasing the natural history of Nevada and the development of Las Vegas 06/04/2019
    • Nevada State Museum
    Address:
    309 S Valley View Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89107-4372
    Phone:
    +1 702-486-5205
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Pinball Hall of Fame
    Speciality Museums
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    JoAnna H Says:

    Part museum, part old-school arcade, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a collection of hundreds of pinball machines run by a non-profit organization. Lined side-by-side in a 10,000-square-foot building, the pinball machines are from the 1950s up to the 1990s. The older machines have placards on them, which provide information about the historic context of the games. Visitors are encouraged to play the games at the Pinball Hall of Fame. Extra revenue is given to a local charity.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are bill breakers on site to convert dollar bills into quarters if you want to play pinball machines.
    • It is free to enter the Pinball Hall of Fame.
    • Unlike many attractions in Las Vegas that cater to audiences of certain ages, the Pinball Hall of Fame really crosses the generation gap.
    • Occasionally a machine will not function properly. The folks who work here are generally more than happy to help refund your money if something malfunctions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • FUN! 21/05/2019
    • Such a fun Pinball place! 21/05/2019
    • Pinball Hall of Fame
    Address:
    1610 E Tropicana Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-6550
    Phone:
    +1 702-597-2627
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, State Parks
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    JoAnna H Says:

    The first non-native people who tried to settle Las Vegas were Mormon missionaries, and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is a Nevada state park and the site of their attempted settlement. Part of the original fort still exists, and several displays throughout the site provide information about how and why the settlement was built yet failed.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is an outdoor exhibit. In the summer, visit early in the day and bring water to drink.
    • Despite its proximity to downtown Las Vegas, this is a quiet place to relax. Take a break to enjoy the area at one of the picnic tables on site.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Nice, Seldom Thought of Museum in Old Las Vegas 18/04/2019
    • The beginnings of Las Vegas 06/04/2019
    • Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort
    Address:
    500 E Washington Ave
    at Las Vegas Blvd. North
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-1000
    Phone:
    +1 702-486-3511
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$3
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
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