If you’re planning on going to Vegas, you’ll want to be prepared. For many, this means contacting different hotels to check room availability (tricky during the peak season), checking what shows to attend during the stay, and finding deals online for places to enjoy food or rides. But there’s more to Vegas than the game tables, parties, and buffets.
Wax figures, fossilized dinosaurs, ancient artifacts, and neon signs—they may not have a lot in common, but you can find them all in Las Vegas, too. In fact, there’s a museum in the city dedicated to exhibiting each one of these classes of items..
Indeed, you’d be surprised at the number and variety of museums you can check out in this city, and there’s something for everyone, including kids. So, if you’re ever in Las Vegas and want to immerse yourself in a museum experience, these places come highly recommended.
1. Discovery Children’s Museum
If you want a museum that offers an array of exhibits to educate and entertain every member of the family, head over to the Discovery Children’s Museum. Visitors can interact with models of places such as Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. There are also exhibits in early childhood development, science, culture, and arts where guests of all ages can participate in different programs and activities.
The best time to visit the Discovery Children’s Museum is on a weekday, which is when most of the fun activities are scheduled.
2. The Chuck Jones Experience
This museum dedicated to the legendary animation director Chuck Jones also deserves a spot on your list. He’s responsible for popular cartoon characters many people know and love, such as Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, and Pepe Le Pew.
There are also interactive learning opportunities where visitors are encouraged to find their inner artist as they go through the exhibit of more than 250 works of art.
Indeed, there’s no better place for the public to get a feel of the legendary animator’s career and life, so give yourself plenty of time to immerse yourself in The Chuck Jones Experience.
3. The Neon Museum and Boneyard
As far as museums go, this one is all about Vegas. The Neon Museum and Boneyard is a non-profit organization that collects, preserves, and exhibits iconic signs from all over Las Vegas for cultural and historic purposes.
There is approximately two acres worth of land to get lost in, and visitors are welcome to take personal photos to show to family and friends back at home.
4. Nevada State Museum
You’ll find plenty of fascinating exhibits in the Nevada State Museum that will take you back to as far back as 225 million years ago. One of the main highlights of this destination is the gigantic 14-foot-tall Mammoth skeleton and the fossils of an Ichthyosaur that lived in the Nevada waters.
There’s also a research library for guests to read up on southern Nevada history. It’s a great place to pick up some souvenirs such as children’s items, Native American jewelry, and even some Nevada-made goods.
5. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
As one of the city’s premier cultural destinations, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is home to paintings, sculptures, and photographs from famous artists such as Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and glass artist Dale Chihuly.
The gallery is known for featuring year-long exhibits that feature works from artists all over the world. You can also occasionally find displays of historic pieces, too.
6. The Mob Museum
Some people say that Vegas was a hotspot when the mob ran the city. We may never really know for sure, but we can take a trip down the memory lane for organized crime here at the Mob Museum. The exhibits focus on the most notorious figures in mafia history such as Al Capone, “Lefty” Rosenthal, and “Lucky” Luciano.
7. National Atomic Testing Museum
Between 1951 and 1992, close to a thousand atomic bombs were detonated in the deserts of Nevada. It may seem strange to hold a museum for bomb explosions, but the industry did help to build the Las Vegas we know today. Visitors can see historic pieces and learn information about the Cold War, WWII, and the Manhattan Project.
8. Hollywood Cars Museum
While a visit to a warehouse collection of cars may not sound all too exciting, you’ll quickly be at awe at the sheer number of vehicles from iconic movies you can find here at the Hollywood Cars Museum. Fans of Batman, James Bond, and even The Hangover can find cars from the films in this museum.
Las Vegas has a lot of museums that are worth visiting so visitors and vacationers are spoiled for choice. So if you ever find yourself with free time in between hitting the game tables and lounges, make sure to drop by a museum or two.