Las Vegas Museums & History

Las Vegas Museums & HistoryStep away from the party scene in Las Vegas and take some time to explore the heritage, art, and history of the city. We've picked out the best museums and cultural venues where you can learn a little something more than the hottest destinations on the Strip.

Marjorie Barrick Museum
Enjoy a thorough explanation of past and present living in the American Southwest, Mesoamerica, and surrounding areas by visiting the Marjorie Barrick Museum. The institution provides visitors with collections, exhibitions, educational programming and events. Areas of interest include early contact and migration, the sharing of ideas and goods between early cultures, Spanish Conquest, early European settlement, and today's migration.

Address: 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119 - MAP
Phone: (702) 895-3381

The Nevada State Museum & Historical Society
Get an in-depth look at state history at The Nevada State Museum & Historical Society. Located in Lorenzi Park in Las Vegas, the museum focuses on the history, pre-history, and natural history of Nevada. As you explore the museum, you'll find that the institution has an impressive collection of various items from the development of Las Vegas.

Address: 309 S Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107 - MAP
Phone: (702) 486-5205

The Neon Museum
Check out some true Las Vegas relics at the The Neon Museum. Located at the renown Fremont Street Experience, the museum occupies six acres and presents signs from old casinos and other businesses. The Young Electric Sign Company has stored many old signs in their "boneyard," and the 150-piece collection includes signs from famous Sin City establishments like Aladdin's Lamp, circa 1966; The Flame Restaurant sign, circa 1961; Wedding Information sign, circa the 1940s; The Red Barn, circa 1960; Nevada Motel, circa 1950 and Dot's Flowers, circa 1949.

Address: 770 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101 - MAP
Phone: (702) 387-6366

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Explore the wonders of nature with a little help from the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Located in downtown Las Vegas on famous Las Vegas Boulevard, the museum presents interactive exhibits and educational programs to spread understanding of the world's wildlife, ecosystems and cultures. You'll enjoy exhibits like the African Gallery, the Prehistoric Life Gallery, the International Wildlife Gallery, the Marine Life Gallery, the Geology Gallery, and the Wild Nevada Gallery.

Address: 900 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Las Vegas, NV 89101 - MAP
Phone: (702) 384-3466

Atomic Testing Museum
You're in for a blast at the Atomic Testing Museum. This museum is home to exhibits and artifacts that document the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), from the first test in January of 1951 to present day. Exhibits include items like Geiger counters, radio badges and radiation testing devices, Native American artifacts from around the testing area, atomic age pop culture memorabilia, testing equipment, facility figures, videos and interactive activities. Be sure to check out the "Ground Zero Theater," offering a simulation of what it's like to observe an atmospheric nuclear test.

Address: 755 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119 - MAP
Phone: (702) 794-5151

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Hang out with the celebrities at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. As you explore this museum, you'll see the wax-likeness of world famous icons like Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, John Wayne, Hugh Hefner, Elvis Presley, JFK, George W. Bush, Martin Luther King, Jr., Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey, and Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton.

Address: 3377 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 - MAP
Phone: (702) 862-7800

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Art connoisseurs and appreciators of art will enjoy a visit to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. This art venue hosts exhibitions of world famous art works through partnerships with national and international art institutions. Past art showcases have included the work of artists like Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Peter Carl Faberge, and Eugene Louis Boudin.

Address: 3600 Las Vegas Fwy, Las Vegas, NV 89109 - MAP
Phone: (702) 693-7871

Discovery Children's Museum
Take the family to the Discovery Children's Museum, where you all can discover over 100 fun, hands-on science exhibits and activities. Upon exploring these exhibitions, like Growing Up with the Berenstain Bears and Desert Discovery, you'll find that most of the activities encourage parent-child interaction – meaning that a visit here is good for family time and learning together.

Address: 360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas, NV 89106 - MAP
Phone: (702) 382-3445

Springs Preserve
Part cultural institution, part museum, part gallery, part event venue, part botanical garden – there's not much that the Springs Preserve doesn't cover. The Preserve does its part to present the history and nature of Las Vegas. Many of the exhibits showcase educational bits about native animals, and many of the activities at the Preserve involve arts and crafts, and lots of fun.

Address: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107 - MAP
Phone: (702) 822-7700

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Pay homage to those who died in one of the world's most infamous shipwrecks at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, located at the Luxor. Over 1,500 people died in the North Atlantic after the "unsinkable" Titanic struck an iceberg; years later the wreckage was found in 1985. Since the discovery of the Titanic, over 5,500 artifacts have been retrieved from the ocean and this exhibition has just a portion of that on display.

Address: 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 - MAP
Phone: (702) 262-4400