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.
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
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?
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.
This exhibition offers a unique view of human anatomy, putting real human bodies and organs on display. Thanks to a process called polymer preservation, these specimens are able to retain their physical appearance while halting the decay process. During your visit, you'll learn about the skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. The time it took to prepare the specimens on display ranges from one week to over a year.
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.
The Origen Museum combines the ideas of origins and generations to discover and honor the past. This museum houses three galleries and more than 75 permanent exhibits to educate the public on the history and arts of the local Las Vegas culture. There are also live animal exhibits, historical recreations and educational films to complete the experience.