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Best History Museums in Las Vegas

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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Featuring artifacts recovered from the sunken wreckage of the famous ship, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes visitors on a journey back in time to teach them about the ship and the passengers on its native voyage. There are several recreated rooms on display, including the grand staircase. On the Promenade Deck portion of the exhibit, you'll be able to experience the cold temperature that the passengers experienced on the night the ship sank.

3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89119
National Atomic Testing Museum

History and science unfold at the National Atomic Testing Museum. Get to know why the Nevada Test Site was founded, its above and underground tests and non-nuclear programs. The museum chronicles the past and present of atomic weapons and its effect worldwide. Right from its inception, conception to its advancement in current times, are displayed through various exhibits. These include bombs, testing devices, artefacts and radioactive displays.

755 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89119
UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum

The Marjorie Barrick Museum offers opportunities for visitors to learn about the visual arts. Besides showcasing works from various artists, the museum also has a collection of cultural items from the Southwest and Latin America. You can view Guatemalan and Bolivian textiles, Hopi and Paiute basketry, and Mexican dance masks. Not just for students of the University of Las Vegas, the museum seeks to educate the greater public on these works of art.

4505 South Maryland Parkway, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89119
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.

300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89101
Las Vegas Natural History Museum

The fascinating past comes alive in this one-of-its-kind museum. Here, you will find everything from prehistoric 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. Another interesting event here is the weekly Shark Feeding, where the animal-care team feeds the huge sharks their favorite meals.

900 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89101
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 is home to one of the oldest European-American buildings 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.

500 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89101
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