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

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.

Got kids? The DISCOVERY Children's Museum recently moved into a beautiful new building next to the Smith Center, while the Las Vegas Natural History Museum is sure to impress younger guests with its 35-foot-tall T-Rex. The Nevada State Museum also recently relocated next to the family-friendly Springs Preserve.

There's plenty of culture amidst the glitz and glamor of the Strip, too, including one of Las Vegas' most popular attractions: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Art aficionados are sure to love the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, while The Chuck Jones Experience will entertain animation lovers both young and old. Classic car enthusiasts, meanwhile, should race on over to world's largest classic car showroom: The Auto Collections at The Quad.

For more on these and other local museums (the National Atomic Testing Museum is a real blast!), check out our list of Las Vegas' 10 best museums.


Las Vegas Natural History Museum
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Dinosaurs, marine creatures and animals native to Africa and the Nevadan Mojave Desert are highlighted at this family-friendly museum. Through its interactive exhibits, educational programs and the preservation of its collections, the museum...  Read More

DISCOVERY Children's Museum
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Located in the new Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center, a three-story, 58,000-square-foot building adjacent to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, this interactive children's museum features more than 26,000 square feet of exhibit space,...  Read More

The Auto Collections
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Located on the fifth floor of The Quad's parking garage, The Auto Collections features a variety of antique, classic, muscle, famous and infamous cars. Visitors are able to tour the facility daily and see more than $100 million worth of...  Read More

Like a cartoon come to life, The Chuck Jones Experience is an engaging museum that celebrates the legacy and creativity of legendary animation director Chuck Jones. Amongst Jones' many creations were the Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew and Wile E....  Read More

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
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One of Las Vegas' most talked-about museums, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition houses an enchanting collection of artifacts recovered from the infamous ship's wreckage. Visitors can walk through authentically recreated first- and third-class...  Read More

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
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One of Las Vegas' premier cultural destinations, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art features ever-changing exhibitions exposing both tourists and Las Vegas residents to incredible works and artists. Currently on display through Oct. 27, 2013, is...  Read More

National Atomic Testing Museum
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One of the top science and technology museums in the United States, the National Atomic Testing Museum tells the story of atomic weapons testing during the 1950s. Visitors can experience a simulated atomic test in the Ground Zero Theater; watch...  Read More

Northwest Las Vegas
Nevada State Museum
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Located at the Springs Preserve, the Nevada State Museum is home to a variety of permanent and changing exhibits that offer a fascinating look at the state's history and natural history. Highlights include a 14-foot-tall Columbian Mammoth...  Read More

Educating visitors not only about the history of organized crime in America, but also about the men who fought it, The Mob Museum features three floors of engaging exhibits, including high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind...  Read More

The Neon Museum
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Las Vegas is known for lots of things, including its wealth of colorful neon. But where do old signs end up? If they're lucky, in the possession of the Neon Museum. Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to...  Read More


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