Las Vegas Museums and Galleries
||Lied Discovery Children's Museum
The Lied Discovery Children's Museum in Las Vegas is one of the largest kids' museums in the country. It offers over 100 hands on exhibits in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
The museum caters to children of all ages. Kids can play on the musical pathway, fly the space shuttle, play wheelchair basketball, touch a tornado, or create a radio program at KKID Radio. Whimsical Workshops are offered most afternoons. The museum includes a special exhibit, Desert Discovery, for the 5 and under set.
This permanent exhibit includes the Boulder Mountain construction area, the Desert at Night creature exhibit, and Baby Oasis for babies who aren’t ready to walk yet. Check out Stuffee, a 9-foot tall, 300 pound stuffed doll that unzips to reveal the internal systems of the human body, or watch a hot air balloon demonstration and learn about what makes them fly.
There are no restaurant facilities, but patio seating is available to enjoy your picnic lunch or a snack from the vending machines.
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
At Madame Tussauds you're invited to "do the things that celebrities do." This unique experience brings you and the kids face-to-face with the world's most celebrated personalities. It's a bit of history at Madame Tussauds--children can learn about late historical figures as well as current box office stars.
The Atomic Testing Museum
The Atomic Testing Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution & the American Association of Museums, is decidated to all things atomic, not only in Nevada but world wide. The current exhibit is titled "Building Atomic Las Vegas" and ends on January 5, 2012. Area 51: Myth or Reality the exhibit comes to The Atomic Testing Museum Spring of 2012. For more information contact the museum at 702-794-5151. The museum is located off the Strip.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is located inside the luxury Bellagio hotel. Here you’ll view masterpieces by great artist like Van Gogh, Renoir, and Matisse to name a few. Patient kids will love spending half a day here, impatient one’s should skip it. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts is currently exhibiting "A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney" through January 8, 2012.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
A permanent exhibit, OUT OF AFRICA, features recreations of three extinct African primates: Australopithecus afarensis, Homo habilis, and Homo erectus. This unique exhibit, sponsored by the Las Vegas Founders, is the only one of its kind in Nevada, offering a unique educational experience to better understand prehistoric primates.
The Australopithecus diorama scene depicts the famous 75-foot long fossilized trackway found by Mary Leakey in 1978 on the Laetoli Plain in Africa. Found among hundreds of tracks of giraffes, birds, hares, millipedes, antelope, and elephants are a pair of footprints interpreted to be made by an extinct primate named Australopithecus afarensis. Another aspect includes an interactive display featuring castings of skulls from fossil hominids and present day primates.
They are enclosed in light boxes that illuminate when visitors touch a button. The "Explore Africa" exhibit featuring an African Savanna and an African rainforest bringing to life the breath-taking beauty of the Serengeti, native wildlife and a diorama surrounding this domain waiting to be explored. Hippos, lions, hyenas, antelope, warthog and cheetahs are just some of the animals of the African region as well as the hidden and diverse life in the African Rainforest.
Everyone loves Dinosaurs and the children of the community also know the Las Vegas Natural History Museum as "The Dinosaur Museum." The Prehistoric Room features five moving robotic dinosaurs and real dinosaur eggs including a 35-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Allosaurus, a raptor and a spiked and plated dinosaur with three hatchlings.
Go back in time in the prehistoric exhibit when Nevada was underwater and 50-foot ichthyosaurs (marine reptile) ruled the ocean. Experience the sense of being submerged under the Triassic ocean with the mural of the school of ichthyosaurs and the three dimensional model of an 11-foot juvenile swimming next to its mother.
View prehistoric monsters of the past such as a skull of a prehistoric crocodile that would have been 50 foot long or Dunkleosteous, a 40-foot fish.
No one would want to miss the Marine Life Room, painted to resemble the ocean and home to several live sharks in a 3,000-gallon tank, a shark egg hatchery and other underwater creatures in surrounding tanks and recreations. The International Wildlife Room highlights different species of mounted animals from around the world including a 16-foot giraffe, a family of bison, antelope, monkeys and much more. The Wild Nevada Room features the harsh beauty of the Silver State's Mojave Desert with its unique plants, animals, sounds and scents.
The Young Scientist Center features a child-oriented interactive display with an emphasis on learning through doing including a life-size yellow submarine ready for exploration. The WeekEnd Science Program offers children different activities each Saturday, continuing throughout the year.
This hard work has been recognized with the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, now a Smithsonian Institute affiliate, being named Conservation Organization of the Year by the Nevada Wildlife Federation 1996, Favorite Museum in Southern Nevada in 1998 in Nevada Magazine, and Governor's Development Award in 2000. The Museum is the home of the only mural by renowned wildlife artist Wyland. Heritage Park surrounds the museum, which offers a desert garden, picnic areas and a playground.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is located at 900 North Las Vegas Blvd in front of Cashman Field and next to the Old Mormon Fort and is one of the largest museums in Southern Nevada.
This is maintained by the not-for-profit company that also handles the Neon Graveyard, which is not open to the public. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. This is a fun tour of Las Vegas history, which is fading fast! Come see some of the classics like the horse & cowboy from the old Hacienda hotel, or the original lamp from the old Aladdin hotel.
There isn't much left of old Vegas except for photographs! This is worth the trip! It brings back images of the Rat Pack, and when Vegas was evening gowns and tuxedos. There are 10 signs on display so far, with more being refurbished for display soon.
The signs are on display in an "outside gallery" around the Neonopolis. The company's motto is "Reclaim. Restore. Remember."
King Tut's Tomb & Museum
On November 22, 1922, Howard Carter peered with a candle through a hole in the Tomb and Museum of King Tutankhamun. When asked what he saw, he replied, "wonderful things!" Luxor Las Vegas has once again opened the doors to what has been called the greatest archaeological find in the history of the world, an authentic reproduction of King Tutankhamun's tomb.
The measurements of each of the rooms are exact. The treasures therein were reproduced by artisans using the same gold leaf and linens, precious pigments, tools and original 3,300-year-old methods, and each is meticulously positioned according to the records maintained by the Carter expedition.
The exhibit houses hundreds of reproductions, including the world-famous guardian statues, King Tut's sarcophagus, and an array of statues, vases, beds, baskets and pottery. King Tut's Tomb and Museum is a 15 minute, self guided, audio tour.
Imperial Palace Auto Collection
Centrally located on the Las Vegas Boulevard, the Imperial Palace is not just among the ten largest hotels in the world but also houses one of the worldwide largest classic automobile collections. The collection contains close to one thousand automobiles of which 200 are on a rotating display at the hotel. A special room inside the collection is devoted to Duesenberg automobiles. One dozen of these magnificent automobiles are on display.
Casino Legends Hall of Fame Museum
A collection of gaming memorabilia, photographs, videos, displays, and mini-tributes to the people and professions that made Las Vegas what it is. Over 150,000 items make this the largest collection of its kind in the world. The museums houses the world's largest Nevada chip collection, including chips in $100,000 denominations.
Clark County Museum
The Southern Nevada Story! A history like nowhere else on earth! Live at the Clark County Museum, ten thousand years in the making. Before you reach the Age of Entertainment exhibits in the Museum's Exhibit Center, there are prehistoric dioramas, a pueblo of the ancient ones, Native American collections, and a walk-in mine filled with desert treasures.
Tour restored historic homes and businesses from the early 20th century, view the collection of historic railroad cars and the Boulder City depot, visit mobile America, and wander the nature trail to a resurrected ghost town.
Come step into the past at the Clark County Museum! Shop its store and participate in its programs and constantly changing exhibits while exploring the rich and colorful heritage of southern Nevada.
Liberace Museum and Guggenheim Museum have Closed
The Liberace Museum and Guggenheim Museum Las Vegas are now closed. We add this for reference only as there are those still searching for location and hours. The Guggenheim Museum used to be located in the Venetian Hotel.