Las Vegas Museums & History
Step 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.
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 89154 - MAP
Phone: (702) 895-3381
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
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.
Phone: (702) 387-6366
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
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
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 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 - MAP
Phone: (702) 862-7800
If you have an affinity for classic cars, then you'll appreciate The Auto Collections
at the Imperial Palace. This auto collection is the world's largest display of classic automobiles, home to over 250 vehicles and valued at over $100 million. A few cars in the collection include an 1886 Benz 3-Wheeler, a 1967 Ferrari 300 GTS, a 1940 Ford V-8 Convertible, a 1938 Rolls Royce Phantom III James Young Drophead Coupe, a 1957 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop, and dozens more.
Address: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 - MAP
Phone: (702) 794-3174
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 Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 - MAP
Phone: (702) 693-7871
Take the family to the Lied 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: 833 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Las Vegas, NV 89101 - MAP
Phone: (702) 382-5437
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
If you grew up watching the characters of Looney Tunes, then you'll want to get a closer look at the man behind those loveable cartoons. The Chuck Jones Experience
is a showcase of the life and art of the popular cartoon's creator. Aside from being able to create and voice your favorite characters on your own, you'll get to see some of Jones' original work, including sketches of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Pepe le Pew.
Address: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 - MAP
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 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 - MAP
Phone: (702) 262-4400