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 Neon Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas and though it is open all day, it is best viewed at night. See the Caesars Palace sign in its fully-colored 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.
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?
Life is candy-coated at this four-story factory, where you can not only feast on the iconic candies, but also enjoy a 3D movie (Lost My "M" in Vegas) and order your own custom-printed and custom-colored M&M's! These personalized treats make a unique Las Vegas gift for someone back home. M&M's World is, of course, a very child-friendly attraction just beyond the main portion of The Strip. If you're coming to Vegas with kids, this is a stop worth making.
By far the most famous attraction at the Mirage Hotel is its Volcano. It's the closest it could be to a real volcano. Amidst three acres (1.2 hectares) of water, the volcano comes to life several times every night. It shoots up 54 feet (16.4 meters), spraying smoke and fire. The water below is transformed into streams of "molten lava" as tribal music rounds out the whole experience. Admission is free of charge.
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.
Anthony Cool, who has gained some notoriety in Las Vegas for his nightly show at this showroom inside the Paris Las Vegas, hypnotizes audience members and commands them to act out in embarrassing and bawdy ways. "Cools" believes that hypnotism is "like gravity - it exists whether you believe in it or not," but it is not clear how much of his performance is genuine and how much is illusion. Certainly, after the show is over and the audience members can watch DVD footage of their hypnotic episodes, the embarrassment looks quite real.
Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel was a celebrity gangster who is believed to be one of the founding fathers of Sin City, Las Vegas. The gangster had invested tremendous amount of time, money into designing and building the Flamingo Hotel, the first of its kind in Las Vegas. After much fanfare, the hotel and casino opened in December of 1946 and shut down soon after a month, only to reopen in March of 1947, this time able to make a profit. But Bugsy could not live long to see the success of his venture and was soon shot and killed in Beverly Hills by an unknown assailant. Recognizing his contributions, the hotel has forever memorialized him in a simple stone pillar, bearing a plaque with his details that stands behind the resort’s flamingo habitat and waterfalls.
The Westin Theater, located in the luxurious Westin Casuarina Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa,offers a 175-seat venue to keep the guests entertained. Concerts, plays and dances would add spice to your happy stay at Westin. Visit the theater and witness a whole gamut of music, drama and emotions in the heart of this grand hotel.
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.