Las Vegas Museums
Boulder City / Hoover Dam Museum
- 444 Hotel Plaza, Boulder City - Dedicated to the preservation of historical artifacts relating to the workers
and construction of the Hoover Dam. Sponsored by the Boulder City Historical Association. Free 20
minute movie screening "Construction of Hoover Dam" containing original movie footage from
the construction. Mon-Sun 10am-4pm, $1 Donation, 294-1988
Bruno's Indian & Turquoise Museum - 1306
Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV - Dedicated to educating the public about mineralogy and the history of Native American people, this is a unique museum which offers historic detailing regarding
mining and jewelry making. You can learn about the Paiute and Anasazi Indians: How they lived, hunted and farmed in the desert. A trading post and gallery are also on site. Open Daily varying hours. (702)
China Town Plaza - This "China Town" in Las Vegas is a great place for oriental dining,
Asian markets and shopping. Home of the "Jurassic Chinasaur Exhibit", this includes nine full dinosaur fossil skeletons. Lots of excavation photos,
footprints and other fossil specimens. Don't forget to check out those dinosaur eggs too. Exhibit open daily 10 am - 5 pm. Admission:
$5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Children 4-12, 4255 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, (702) 221-8448
Clark County Heritage Museum - 1830 S. Boulder Hwy, Henderson - Featuring a 12,000 year time line of Southern Nevada history. Heritage Street
living history area with renovated historic structures and an unrestored Nevada ghost town. Outdoor railroad, ranching displays and a southwestern gift shop. You can also see a 1918 Union Pacific steam
engine. A mobile museum exhibit rotates through every three months. Open daily 9am-4:30pm, Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years's Day, $2 Adult, $1 Seniors and Children 3-15, (702) 455-7955 or (702) 565-0907
Dickenson Library Special Collections
- University of Nevada - 4505 Maryland Pkwy, Library, 4th floor, (702) 739-3252
Imperial Palace Auto Collection
- 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas - Visit over 200 antique and specialty autos as well as classic cars. This display is constantly rotated from the hotel's immense collection to keep the interest of repeat visitors.
See Hitler's 1939 Mercedes-Benz or John F. Kennedy's "Bubbletop Limo." The collection of Duesenbergs is second to none. Make sure you stop by the gift shop for those souvenirs for home. Daily
9:30am-11pm, Admission: $6.95 Adults, $3 Seniors & Children 5 -12 (LVLG note: Bring your AAA club membership card or catch the wandering hostess at the antique car display out
front of the hotel and you can get in free), (702) 731-3311 or (702) 794-3174
King Tut Museum - This exact replica of King Tut's tomb is a great attraction for history buffs. The original tomb found by Howard Carter in 1922
has been built to exacting detail by an Egyptologist in the Attractions level of the hotel. A 20 minute guided tour takes you through the carved rock walls and reproduced artifacts. You can purchase Egyptian wares at the
Museum Shop following your tour. - Luxor, 3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Mon-Sun 9am-11pm, $3, 262-4000
Las Vegas Historic Museum - Located in the Tropicana Hotel you can see everything that made Las Vegas the legend it is, reflected here
in photos, coins, gaming tokens, old slot machines, decks of cards and out-dated dice. Open daily 9 am - 9 pm. Must be 18 years old. Admission is $6.95 but you
can get a free admission coupon from the Tropicana attendant at the Free Pull Slot Machine near the entrance to the hotel. (702) 739-5444
Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement - aka The Mob Museum -
- 300 Stewart Ave, Downtown - An interactive museum presenting
a bold and authentic view of organized crime's influence on Las Vegas and American
history and the law enforcement techniques used to battle it. Housed in
a restored, historic, 41,000 square foot, former federal courthouse of the
1950's, the 17,000 square-foot museum presents both sides of real life
stories and events in mob history through numerous interactive exhibits.
You'lll learn about the rise of the notable players like Al Capone,
Bugsy Siegel, John Gotti, and more as well as the dedicated lawmen,
J. Edgar Hoover, Eliot Ness and others who brought them down through
investigation, wiretaps, raids, and arrests. Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10am-7pm,
Friday & Saturday: 10am-8pm. Admision: Adults (18+) $19.95,
Children (5-17) and students (18-23 w/ID) $13.95, Seniors (65+, Law Enforcement
and Teachers (w/ID) $15.95, Nevada Residents $10.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
- 900 N. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas - Features wildlife past and present including animated dinosaur exhibits. An international wildlife room, marine life including a live exhibit on sharks in a 300-gallon tank
and a children's interactive hands-on discovery room for young scientists, keeps the whole family happy. See the extensive wildlife art, the flights of nature room and a collection of hundreds of animals. Don't forget to
visit the museum gift and science store. Daily 9am-4pm, $5, 384-DINO(3466)
- CLOSED October 17, 2010 - Rumored to be planning a reduced installation
at a different loction soon - 1775 E Tropicana Ave -
Previously housed the legacy of Liberace's estate this museum is a treasure trove of items.
It included his personal auto and piano collection, many antiques, as well
as Liberace's famous million-dollar costumes. You could see his extensive jewelry
assortment, including the world's largest rhinestone or view his period
furniture. Admission costs went to a good cause; the non-profit Liberace
Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. This foundation funds
scholarships and grants to aspiring musicians across the country.
Gift shop admission is free. (702) 798-5595
Lied Discovery Children's Museum -
833 Las Vegas Blvd, N. - This museum is a MUST VISIT for your children. Touch, see, explore and experience over 100 hand-on art and science exhibits in one of the country's largest childrens' museums. This
non-profit museum is designed to provide children with interactive learning experiences. Rotating exhibits add to the excitement, for example learn everything you wanted to know about Jello or check out the
Muppets when they come to visit. A special section called Toddler Towers is specifically for children under 8. Demonstrations and workshops covering a wide variety of subjects are offered
throughout the year. Fun for the whole family but made just for the small ones. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 5 pm closed Mondays, except most school holidays. Admission: Adults; $8.50; children 1-17 $7.50; free for children under 1. 702-382-KIDS (702-382-5437)
Lost City Museum of Archeology -
721 S. Moapa
Valley Blvd (Hwy 169), Overton, about 60 miles north of Las Vegas.
One of the most complete collections of early Pueblo Indian artifacts in the
southwest including a full scale reconstruction of an Indian
pueblo structure. This museum is a history buff's paradise. You'll see
exhibits which cover the human occupation of Nevada from 12,000 years in the
past up through when white settlers made Nevada home. Exhibits telling
the story of Mormon farmers founding Moapa Valley in 1865 can also be seen.
Several art exhibits travel through the museum during the year. Adm $5.00
per person 18 years and over, Hours 8:30 am-4:30pm seven days a week,
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural
History - This museum located on the UNLV campus is dedicated to historical southwestern Native American Culture, geology, paleontology and archeology of the area. Exhibits with live desert reptiles are a
highlight. Traveling exhibits are shown frequently throughout the year. - 4505 S Maryland Pkwy (at UNLV), LasVegas,. Open Mon-Fri 8am-4:45pm; Sat 10am-2pm, free admission., (702) 895-3381
Neon Sign Museum
- Located at the entrance to the spectacular light show, Fremont Street
Experience, the City of Las Vegas bought the retired neon signs of Las Vegas'
legendary locales and set them up here for all to see. There are currently
about a dozen neon signs of history scattered about the area and the adjacent
Neonopolis plaza with many
more planned for the future. A second, physical building location is currently
under development a short way north on Las Vegas Blvd. Open 24 hours,
FREE admission. 702-229-6301.
Nevada State Museum & Historical Society
- 700 Twin Lakes Dr, Las Vegas - Take the Twin Lakes entrance to Lorenzi Park. Southern Nevada's only nationally accredited museum. See the Nevada State fossil, the ichthyosaur, 48 feet long and
225 million years old. Don't miss the 13 foot tall Columbian mammoth skeleton. Or visit Las Vegas as is was in 1940. Permanent exhibits highlight the history, natural history, and Native
American cultures of the region and a schedule of changing exhibits features art, history and science. There is also a small lake and large picnic area immediately adjacent in Lorenzi Park for that
perfect lunch basket setting. The attached Cahlan Library is open weekdays and houses the extensive Nevada history collection. Daily 9am-5pm, $2, (702) 486-5205
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort and Historic Park
- 500 E. Washington Ave at N. Las Vegas Blvd. - Located less than a mile
north of the heart of downtown Las Vegas, you can stroll the grounds of the
old Mormon Fort site orginally built by settlers in 1855.
The site has been recently restored to preserve it as a State Park,
Don't forget to stop by the gift shop. Normal operating
hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday thru Saturday. Admission to the
fort itself is $1 for persons over 12 years old and FREE for 12 and under.
call (702) 486-3511 for additional information.
Shelby Museum -
Renown first-class car designer and racer has opened up shop in Las Vegas. Carroll Shelby manufactures his famous Shelby performance cars, Cobras, in
his new facility located near the Las Vegas International Speedway. The newest model Series 1 as well as older Cobras and mint condition models can
be seen in the FREE daily tours they offer. Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm with the FREE tour at 10:30am. Tours are not allowed during other times due to
this being an actual working manufacturing plant and its safety protocols. 6755 Speedway Blvd. 702-643-3000.
Sports Hall-of-Fame - Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino - 18 Fremont St, Las Vegas - Largest personal collection
of sports memorabilia from the past and present in the country. Includes card collectibles, autographed balls, gloves, bats, photographs. Open Daily,
Admission Free - (702) 385-1664
- The famous "Ambassadors In Blue" make Nellis Air Force Base their home when they are not on tour across the country. This incredible group of United
States Air Force pilots and their high flying aircraft can be seen here. The museum must be accessed through the Base provided motorcoach which meets
visitors every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm at the far east entrance to Nellis Air Force Base. A short ride takes you right to the door. Drop into the
small auditorium to view a video describing the Thunderbirds from their early days through to the present. A short question and answer period follows
for the aircraft enthusiasts. Then off to the hanger where you'll be able to take awesome up close photos of the Thunderbird jets. Stroll through the
museum which recounts all the "ups" & "downs" of the Thunderbirds throughout the years. And just before you take your leave be sure to buy a
Thunderbird T-shirt, jacket or other memorabilia from the trusty personnel. Since September 11, 2001, security issues have kept this great museum
off-limits to all but those with military or goverment ID and their family members and referees. The
staff is still working on re-opening the doors to the general public but as of January 2009 this has not
yet been accomplished, so be sure to call before arrival. 702-652-2750 or 702-652-4018.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Casino Legends Hall of Fame - THIS VENUE IS CLOSED
- See the world's largest collection of Nevada casino memorabilia. Everything that made Las Vegas the legend it is, is reflected here in photos,
coins, gaming tokens, old slot machines, decks of cards and out-dated dice. This venue is expected to reopen once a new home is located.
- CLOSED 2006 - planned to reopen soon at a new location - Located behind the Fashion Show Mall, this unique museum pays tribute to the "King", Elvis Presley. Over $3 million of Elvis memorabilia will captivate your attention. Get a glimpse of the 35kt red star ruby ring and the
many customed designed Hollywood movie outfits he wore or even his fantastic automobiles and first ski boat. The 80-foot long Elvis-a-rama mural by renown ariust Robert Shappy is the world's largest
tribute to this famous Las Vegas legend. A special treat for visitors is when Tim Welch comes on stage singing Elvis' hit songs in true Presley style! Shows are at 12noon, 2pm, 4pm and 5pm. A huge gift shop offers
everything "Elvis", including a photo opportunity with Rusty Wallace's NASCAR showcar, featuring Elvis on the hood! Has Elvis left the building? Check it out. Open 11am-6pm daily. Admission $14.95 adults.
Children under 12 FREE. 3401 Industrial Road, Las Vegas, (702) 309-7200.
Guinness World of Records Museum - CLOSED -
This renown museum used to contain "Louise, The Magnet lady" and 6000 of her record collection of over 20,000 refrigerator magnets. Or you could answer the question,
"How many tattoos can be painted on the human body?" You could have visited any of the six "Guinness Worlds" in which the museum was divided containing over 35
exhibits to find more interesting facts and records. Life-size replicas and inactive displays brought these to life. It was great family fun right on the Strip.
Magic & Movie Hall of Fame (CLOSED) -
Step inside this wonderland of movie, magic and ventriloquism memorabilia.
The multi-million dollar museum houses spectacular exhibits. See famous
ventriloquist dummies and antique fortune teller machines. It's magic.
A daily magic shows starring Valentine Vox are featured in the Houdini Theatre.
Good, clean, family entertainment. The gift shop offers a wide variety of
magic tricks to bring back and fool your friends. -
3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd (inside O'Sheas), Las Vegas, Tues-Sat 10am-6pm,
magic shows times are 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm. Admission includes magic
show: $9.50 Adults, $3 Children under 12, (702) 737-1343
Las Vegas Art Museum
- CLOSED Feb 2009
- 9600 West Sahara Ave, West Las Vegas - The Las Vegas Art Museum, attached to the West Las Vegas Library, features many contemporary paintings, sculptures and other works, and a growing
collection of older famous artists as well. Numerous temporary traveling exhibits make this a great place to get away for an afternoon of culture. A nice museum gift store offers art posters, art prints, jewelry, crafts and books for
the connoisseur. Admission: $3 Adults, $2 Seniors, $1 Students, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm, Tours by arrangement. (702) 360-8000 FAX:(702) 360-8080
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