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Auto Collection at the Quad (formerly: Imperial Palace Auto Collection)
- 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd, on the fifth floor of The Quad parking garage - Visit over 200 antique and specialty autos and classic cars. The display is constantly rotated from the hotel's immense collection of thousands 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. Many of the cars are even for sale for the right price. Make sure you stop by the gift shop for those more affordable car books and souvenirs for home. Daily 10am-6pm, Admission: $6.95 Adults, $3 Seniors & Children 5 -12 (LVLG note: Bring your AAA club membership card or check their website for occassional Free admission coupons), (702) 794-3174

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) 293-4865.

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

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. (702) 229-6582

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Free Coupons Here - 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, $10 Adults, $8.00 Seniors, military and students, $5.00 Children ages 3-11. 702-384-DINO(3466)

Liberace Museum
- CLOSED October 17, 2010 - Since then have had limited exhibits at locations around Las Vegas including Neonopolis and the Cosmopolitan - 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, (702) 397-2193

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 and Neon Boneyard
- 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. The "Urban Gallery" portion consists of currently about a dozen neon signs of history scattered about the area Fremont St and Strip area and the adjacent Neonopolis plaza with more planned for the future. This area is open to the public 24 hours and admission is FREE.

The "Neon Boneyard" and "La Concha Visitors Center" is located a little further North at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, and houses the bulk of the 150 sign collection. It is accessible only by an hour-long guided tour. Daylight Tour times vary by season and are generally about every hour from 10am - 5pm. Price for day tours is $18 general admission, and $12 for seniors, students, active military, veterans and Nevada residents. Due to the rough conditions of the terrain, it is not recommended for children under 10. Night tours are also available from 7pm-8:30pm. Price for night tours is $25 general admission, and $22 for seniors, students, active military, veterans and Nevada residents. Due to the rough conditions of the terrain, night tours are not recommended for children under 12. For reservations and more info: 702-387-6366.

Nevada State Museum & Historical Society - 309 S. Valley View Boulevard (On the Springs Preserve campus) - 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. Thurs-Monday 10am-6pm, Adults: $18.95, NV Residents: $9.95, Members and Children under 18: FREE. The attached Cahlan Research Library of Nevada History is FREE to use and open Thurs-Sat and houses the extensive Nevada history collection. -(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 Heritage Center 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 Strip. 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-Sat 9am-6pm with FREE guided tours at 10:30am and 1:30pm Mon-Fri and 10:30am Saturdays. Tours are not allowed during other times due to this being an actual working manufacturing plant and its safety protocols. 6405 Ensworth Steet (near Sunset Blvd and the Strip) 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

Thunderbirds Museum

- 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.


Elvis-A-Rama Museum
- 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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