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Best Museums in Las Vegas

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Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

This collection is impressive even to those who have visited larger museums in New York and Europe. On display are sculptures and paintings from late 19th- and 20th-century artists, including original works by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and other European masters. The tour is best appreciated when the audio headphones are used, which are included with admission. Reservations are necessary, as this is a very popular attraction.

Las Vegas, NV, United States
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Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is located in the Venetian Resort & Casino and immerses visitors in one-of-a-kind, interactive experience with some of the world's biggest icons as wax figures. One of the attraction's most popular displays is "The Hangover Experience," featuring Las Vegas' favorite wolf pack. Check out George Bush's facial expression, John Wayne's chaps, or Shaquille O'Neal's size, but be aware-- the museum often has an actor imitating a wax figure.

Las Vegas, NV, United States
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Pinball Hall of Fame

Hidden in an unassuming warehouse is what might just be the world's largest collection of pinball machines from the 1950s up through the 1990s. This Pinball Hall of Fame is listed as a museum, but is also an arcade. All the machines are operational and patrons can play to their heart's content. There is no fee to enter the Pinball Hall of Fame, but players will need to pump quarters into the machines to play. Located not far from the strip, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a great spot for anyone looking for something a bit unique and off the beaten path. Anyone can go to Vegas and say they played slots. How many can say they visited what is possibly the world's largest collection of pinball machines?

Las Vegas, NV, United States
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The Carroll Shelby Museum

Car enthusiasts rejoice! At the Carroll Shelby Museum, you can take a peek inside the shop that creates automotive legends. During a guided tour, you'll get to see classic cars on display with a history of these vehicles from your tour guide. Learn about the Cobra, as well as Carroll Shelby's life and legacy. The sleek cars in the museum are a blast from the past, and will make you wish you were around in their heyday. Make your way to this museum for fun day out in Vegas. Ready, set, go!

Las Vegas, NV, United States
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Discovery Children's Museum

This museum features over 100 hands-on interactive exhibits dealing with the arts, sciences, nature, music, and humanities. Among its many worthwhile exhibits are Eco City, Toddler Town, and Water World. All of this in 22,000 square feet (929 square meters) of exhibit space! The Discovery Childrens' Museum is located close to Cashman Field, which is in the Cultural Corridor

Las Vegas, NV, United States
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The Mob Museum

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.

Las Vegas, NV, United States
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The Neon Museum

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.

Las Vegas, NV, United States
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Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

Before Bugsy Siegel made it to town, the Mormon Church created this tiny settlement in 1855. It boasts the oldest European-American building in Nevada. The site was purchased by the State of Nevada in 1990 and restored as a state park. Tours are available that outline the harsh life that the first settlers endured. The old fort was once a rest stop for those heading to California to seek their fortune during the gold rush. This section is also a part of the Cultural Corridor that lies close to the University area. No credit cards are accepted.

Las Vegas, NV, United States
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Clark County Museum

Sprawled over 30 acres (12.14 hectares), the Clark County Museum is an open-air museum that allows you to experience the history of South Nevada first hand. An entire ghost town has been recreated, along with a nature and mining trail where you can see fascinating mineral exhibits. Walk along the museum's Heritage Street exploring a simulated newspaper printing company from the 1900s, historic houses from the early 20th Century, an old barn and wedding chapel, and an original Union Pacific steam engine and caboose. Of course, any exhibit on the culture of South Nevada is incomplete without mentioning its burgeoning entertainment industry. Clark County Museum also showcases memorabilia from Las Vegas resorts and casinos, along with retro fashions from the 1960s. At the end of an interactive guided tour, stop by at the souvenir shop to purchase traditional hand-crafted dolls and other keepsakes.

Henderson, NV, United States
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