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The past is alive in this museum. You'll find everything from fossils to an animated 35-foot (10.6-meter) Tyrannosaurus Rex. As for more modern monsters, there is a 3000-gallon (11,356-liter) aquarium with sharks that seem to be waiting for dinner. The learning process is enhanced with multimedia and hands-on displays, as well as live and mounted animals. One of the most popular displays contains live insects, including giant cockroaches.
In a city famous for lights, it is nice to honor the old neon signs. This museum is located in downtown Las Vegas and though it is open all day, it is best viewed at night. See the Caesar's Palace sign in its full-color splendor, and catch a glimpse of the horse and rider from the old Hacienda Hotel. The museum often adds new items to this marvelous collection. Entrance is available as part of a guided tour only. Purchase tickets early for the later tours as they fill up quickly.
The Mob Museum is located in what used to be a courthouse. Built in 1933, it was one of the 14 courthouses in the nation to hold the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. This makes it a perfect backdrop for The Mob Museum, an authentic view of the mob's impact on Las Vegas history. The Mob Museum presents the story from the perspective of both the organized crime syndicate and law enforcement. Visitors get to be part of the action through theater presentations and interactive environments. Visitors can shoot a simulated Tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and take part in FBI weapons training. The museum can also be booked for private events.
The infamous Block 16 from 1900s to 1940s was located in the northern section of the city of Las Vegas, now also known as Downtown. It was the only section where drinking, gambling and prostitution were legal till the end of World War II. The brothels operated until 1942, which were converted into sleazy rooming joints until 1946, when the entire area was demarcated as dangerous and demolished by the local government. Parking lots came up in the empty space and is also the location of Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel.
The subject matter of this museum may seem strange, but it is executed very well. At the Burlesque Hall of Fame, you'll find costumes, props, photographs, and other items relating to burlesque and its development through the decades. On the walls, black and white photographs featuring women in feathery, bejeweled, and fringed costumes can be seen. It features permanent exhibitions and temporary ones as well.
SlotZilla is modeled after a giant slot machine, and the neon tower has two take off points for zip lines over the Fremont Street Experience, right below the dazzling Viva Vision light show. The first level at 77-feet offers the Zipline ride that drops you halfway down the Fremont experience; the second at 114-feet takes you all the way to the end of the street, to the historic Golden Gate casino for a thrilling adventure. The Zipline features seats so you can ride down comfortably, while the Zoomline attaches you right to the cable so you fly down the street Superman style. The ride is ideal for all ages, though kids under 13 have to have adult supervision. Zipline trips start at USD20 while the Zoomline costs USD40 per person.
Encompassing Fremont Street in the center of downtown Las Vegas is a light and musical show like none other in the world. A permanent canopy has been constructed to cover the casino-lined street with two million lights and a state-of-the-art sound system. This attraction provides shows in the evening hours and is a popular area for filming motion picture scenes. There is no charge for entrance except for their New Year's Eve Street Bash. The special shows projected on the canopy ceiling last for approximately seven minutes.
Las Vegas is known to be a city where the party never stops. Downtown Las Vegas is full of swanky hotels, casinos, nightclubs, bars, skyscrapers, and a number of famous tourist attractions and landmarks. Downtown is known as a Central Business District with many commercial offices and firms. The Fremont Street Experience is number one attraction with a string of local casinos, nightly shows with more than 2 million lights, special events and live concerts all providing the ultimate entertainment experience. Downtown Las Vegas has also been a favorite television and film locale with a number of productions like Diamonds Are Forever and Honey I Blew Up The Kid having been shot here.