Get Cultured: 10 Las Vegas Museums Sure To Entertain And Educate

Heather Turk

By , Local Expert, Las Vegas
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Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World for a reason: there's something to entertain visitors of all types. While it's true most people come to the city to gamble or see one of its lavish productions, there are plenty of attractions to entertain and educate guests as well.

For those who miss the "good old days," the Neon Museum proudly displays the signs of Las Vegas' past in a two-acre boneyard downtown. Also downtown is one of the city's newest "hit" attractions, The Mob Museum, which tells the story of organized crime in America and the brave men who fought against it.

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    The Neon Museum

    The Neon Museum literally sheds some light on Las Vegas' past.

    Local Expert Tip: "During public tours, guests are welcome to take photographs for personal enjoyment, but commercial photography is not permitted."

     
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    The Mob Museum

    The Mob Museum not only shows the mob's impact on Las Vegas history, but also its unique imprint on America and the world.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to visit the courtroom where the proceedings of the United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce occurred in Las Vegas in 1950. Led by U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver, the hearings sought to expose and control organized crime."

     
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    Nevada State Museum

    The Nevada State Museum's spacious new digs and timeless exhibits make it one of the state's premier cultural attractions for guests young and old.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the museum's giant display of showgirl costumes. What Las Vegas museum would be complete without one?"

     
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    National Atomic Testing Museum

    The National Atomic Testing Museum is the only National museum in the state of Nevada as legislated by Congress and President Obama.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the one-ton 'I' beam girder from the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center and a portion of the Berlin Wall. The National Atomic Testing Museum is one of only a few places in the country to receive and display these iconic pieces. "

     
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    Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

    Bringing some culture to the Strip, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art showcases some of the most celebrated works of art ever created.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to check out 'Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing.' Happening on the second Wednesday of each month, the event pairs wines from Bellagio's cellar with artwork featured in the gallery."

     
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    Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

    Viewed by more than 20 million people worldwide, "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" is one of the...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the largest artifact ever recovered from the wreckage site, The Big Piece. Weighing 15 tons, it took two attempts to raise the piece 12,500 feet from the ocean floor. "

     
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    The Chuck Jones Experience

    The Chuck Jones Experience is the only place in the world that gives guests a true inside look into the legendary animator's life and career.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to experience this fun museum. "

     
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    The Auto Collections

    The Auto Collections is the world's largest classic car showroom.

    Local Expert Tip: "The showroom can get a bit hot during the summer months since it's technically located in the parking garage; be sure to leave your coat or sweater behind."

     
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    DISCOVERY Children's Museum

    The DISCOVERY Children's Museum offers an array of exhibits sure to entertain--and educate--every member of the family.

    Local Expert Tip: "The best time to experience the museum is on a weekday."

     
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    Las Vegas Natural History Museum

    The Las Vegas Natural History Museum's Egyptian collection features one of only two sanctioned reproductions of King Tut's Tomb.

    Local Expert Tip: "For those who want to avoid school groups, visiting in the afternoon is best."

     

 

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