20 Museums In Las Vegas

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The 25th most populous city in the U.S. is primarily known for its resorts, casinos, and general nightlife as the Entertainment Capital of the World. However, it also features several fantastic museums that can provide some much-needed breaks from the fast-paced nature of the city and help you learn a little about this unique city’s history and culture in various ways. As usual, please confirm details with each location’s website ahead of time to ensure the most up-to-date information and look into potential discounts on admission. Here are 20 of the best museums in Las Vegas.

Museums In Las Vegas

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20 Las Vegas Museums To Visit

1- The Mob Museum

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One of the museums in Las Vegas that speaks to the city’s culture is The Mob Museum.

If you love the Godfather, the Sopranos, and more media and history about organised crime and the officers that combat it, the Mob Museum (aka the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) is an absolute must-see while you are in Las Vegas.

Experience what it was like to be a member of the mob or a law enforcement officer in their Interactive exhibits available in the premier and deluxe passes.

Explore weapons, clothing, and other artifacts used by famous gangsters, including Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel.

Experience a piece of history from one of the most well-known gang-related events at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall.

Top off the trip with a visit to the underground speakeasy and distillery if you are over 21.

Open daily, admission is $29.95, but the premiere and deluxe passes offer more for your experience.

The Mob Museum is at 300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, 89101.

2- Neon Museum

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The Neon Boneyard Museum is home to retired neon signs from businesses and casinos. It’s one of the most unusual museums in Las Vegas to visit.

Las Vegas is known for its flashing lights, and this museum puts those lights at the centre of its experience and focus, featuring historic neon signs from casinos, hotels, and more.

In a spectacular outdoor exhibit, the Neon Boneyard displays over 200 restored and unrestored neon signs from the city’s past.

Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

General admission allows you to explore the Main Boneyard at your own pace during the day at $20 for adults, but 45-minute guided tours are available at night to see all the neon in its true glory with excellent commentary, and also available in Spanish.

The Brilliant! Jackpot 45-minute show at night in the North Gallery features light projection, music, and archival footage to transport you pack in time to a neon wonderland.

The Double the Glow experience includes the Main Boneyard tour and the recently expanded Brilliant Jackpot show in the North Gallery.

Open daily, schedule your tour or general admission ahead of time on their website.
The Neon Museum is at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, 89101.

3- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Explore the famous wreckage of the Titanic through artifacts recovered from its 1912 expedition, which came ultimately failed to come home due to hitting an iceberg.

One of three Titanic Artifact Exhibitions in the U.S., the museum features full-scale recreations of the ship’s grand staircase, cabins, and other areas of the ship as well as real personal items recovered from the wreckage, such as jewellery, clothing, and luggage.

Interactive exhibits allow visitors to experience the sights and sounds of the Titanic’s ill-fated voyage.

Open daily, general admission is $32 for adults.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is at 3900 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, 89119. Skip the line and book your tickets to the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor.

4- Las Vegas Natural History Museum

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You’re probably not expecting a natural history museum in Las Vegas, so you might be surprised to find this one even has a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Explore Nevada’s natural history, cultural heritage, and the surrounding region, a blast for children and adults alike.

Walk among giants in the dinosaur exhibit, with skeletons and fossils, including a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops.

Check out the marine life in the 3,000-gallon aquarium filled with regional fish and other aquatic creatures.

Immerse yourself in Ancient Egyptian life in the Treasures of Egypt exhibit, featuring artifacts tombs and temples, mummies, sarcophagi and funerary objects.

The museum is open daily. Skip the line and reserve your tickets here.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is at 900 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, 89101.

5- National Atomic Testing Museum

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This museum in Las Vegas has displays about Area 51.

Travel through the history of nuclear weapons testing in the USA and around the world, primarily focusing on the 1950s to the 1990s.

Delve into the mystery and secrecy surrounding the nearby military base, the famous Area 51.

Experience a nuclear explosion and its aftermath in the Ground Zero Theater with audio and visual effects.

Open daily, general admission for adults is $29.

The National Atomic Testing Museum is at 755 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, 89119.

6- Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Tour the halls of lifelike wax figures of celebrities, historical figures, and other people of note in the world’s greatest wax museum.

Check out Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and others in the Vegas Legends exhibit full of iconic entertainers.

Experience your favourite comic book characters like Spider-Man and the Hulk in the Marvel Superheroes 4D exhibit.

“Meet” your favourite actors and characters from popular movies and television shows in the TV and Film Stars exhibit.

Open daily, admission is $36.99 with bundle options, including experiences like the Marvel 4D Experience, photo passes, and even a gondola ride. You may like to book the Las Vegas Super Saver: Madame Tussauds (which includes a gondola boat ride and optional meal).

Madame Tussaud’s Las Vegas is at 3377 South Las Vegas Boulevard Suite 2001, Las Vegas, 89109.

7- Pinball Hall of Fame

Experience the history of pinball machines with a collection of over 150 classic and modern preserved machines over 25,000 square feet (2,322 square meters) in its new location.

Not only see, but also play its extensive collection of vintage and rare pinball machines, some from the 1950s to the 1990s, especially for pinball’s heyday in the ‘60s to the 80s.

While they don’t offer ticket spitters or prizes, all proceeds go to nondenominational charities.

Entrance to the Hall of Fame is free, and you pay to play the machines, so make sure to bring cash, though they do have change machines.

The Pinball Hall of Fame is at 4925 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 89119.

8- Discovery Children’s Museum

Explore science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) in unique exhibitions and experiences, inspiring curiosity and learning.

Children explore a medieval castle, a pirate ship, a wizard’s laboratory, and more in Fantasy Festival.

Sustainable living and environmental conservation are at the heart of the Eco-City exhibit, complete with fun, hands-on and immersive experiences.

Experience how art is intertwined with STEM in the Young At Art exhibit, with interactive art installations and workshops.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, general admission is $16.

The Discovery Children’s Museum is at 360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas, 89106.

9- Hollywood Cars Museum

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Check out some classic cars in one of the Las Vegas museums

Explore an amazing collection of vehicles from popular movies, television shows, and celebrity-owned cars.

Check out several versions of the iconic Batmobile vehicle from the Batman franchise.

Ecto-1 from the original movie and other vehicles from the Ghostbusters franchise are also displayed.

Experience cars and other vehicles used in the James Bond films.

But don’t think that’s all that’s available as the 30,000 square foot (2,787 square meters) houses vehicles from over 100 different films, TV shows, and other video pieces.

Open daily, tickets are only available on-site and CASH ONLY though they have an ATM onsite.

The Hollywood Cars Museum is at 5115 Dean Martin Drive #905, Las Vegas, 89118.

10- Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum

If you are interested in the paranormal and supernatural, this Haunted Museum by a pioneer in the field, Zak Bagans, is a must-see in Vegas.

The 11,000 square foot (1,022 square meters) property built in 1938 is rumoured to have multiple ghosts and is the site of numerous dark rituals.

Check out the Dybbuk Box, said to be haunted by an evil spirit and linked to misfortunes and tragedies.

The Demon House exhibit features artifacts and evidence from a haunted house that Bagans investigated for a documentary.

The Haunted Dolls exhibit, featuring a collection of dolls possessed or cursed, is another big draw of the Museum.

Open Wednesday through Monday, general admission is $48, with a higher All Access Pass also available.

Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum is at 600 East Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, 89104.

11- Nostalgia Street Rods

Even if hot rods and muscle cars aren’t your usual jam, this outstanding collection of classic cars focusing on the history and culture of American car enthusiasts entices just about everyone.

A few of its stars include a 1953 Studebaker Commander and a 1969 Camaro SS, but they are not the only ones.

Explore the history of hot rods and car culture with exhibits on drag racing, custom car builders, and more.

You can even purchase parts, accessories, and merchandise.

Standard tours are $10-20 and VIP Experience tours are $50. Skip the line and book your tickets here.

Nostalgia Street Rods is at 5375 Cameron Street M, Las Vegas, NV 89118.

12- Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

If more traditional history, especially military history, is your jam, check out the first permanent non-native settlement in the Las Vegas Valley.

Check out the reconstructed adobe fort and other historic buildings, established by Mormon missionaries in 1855, showing the daily life of early settlers.

Discover the culture and history of the Paiute people, the original settlers thousands of years before European settlers.

Experience the gorgeous park with a picnic area, walking trails, and a small creek.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, admission is $3.

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park is at 500 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, 89101.

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Check out the Bellagio Gallery in the famous hotel.

If you are worried you won’t be able to view some fine art in Vegas, have no fear.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art features art by globally renowned contemporary and modern artists.

The Gallery regularly rotates exhibits featuring artists such as Picasso, Warhol, and Kusama.

Being inside the Bellagio Resort and Casino means you can easily combine a visit with other attractions on the Las Vegas Strip and purchase high-end art and merchandise in the museum gift shop.

Open daily, tickets start at $20. Skip the line and reserve your tickets online here.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts is at 3600 Las Vegas Freeway, Las Vegas, 89109.

14- Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

Part of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art features an eclectic collection of contemporary art, Native American art, and global art.

The permanent collection features artists like Maynard Dixon, Beatrice Wood, and Wassily Kandinsky.

Both emerging and established artists from around the world are featured in its rotating exhibitions on various themes.

Being on the UNLV campus means a quieter environment away from the hustle and bustle along the strip.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children and seniors.

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is on the UNLV campus at 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, 89154, but enter the Museum name into your GPS or use the locational coordinates on their website to find the exact location of the museum.

15- Shelby Heritage Center

Celebrate and explore the legacy of Carroll Shelby, the famous automotive designer and driver who created some of the most iconic sports cars.

Peruse the collection of rare and historic Shelby vehicles, including the Shelby Cobra, Shelby GT350, and Shelby GT500.

Immerse yourself in cars and racing with the interactive exhibits, experiencing the sights and sounds of a Shelby factory while you learn about the design and engineering of these iconic cars.

A guided tour really brings the experience to the next level, showcasing how the company continues to innovate automotive design and performance today.

Open daily, the Shelby Heritage Center is at 6405 Ensworth Street, Las Vegas, 89119.

16- Burlesque Hall of Fame

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The Burlesque Hall of Fame is a fitting museum in Las Vegas that showcases famous performers.

Celebrate the art and history of burlesque with exhibits on the performers, costumes, and culture of the genre.

Explore the extensive collection of vintage burlesque costumes featuring all you would expect, including feather boas, sequined gowns, and elaborate headdresses.

Learn about famous performers such as Sally Rand and Gypsy Rose Lee and their contributions to what we know of as burlesque today.

The Hall of Fame also features live performances and events with contemporary burlesque performers and related acts.

Purchasing tickets ahead of time on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday is strongly recommended.

General admission is $15 plus fees.

The Burlesque Hall of Fame is at 1027 South Main Street, Suite #110, Las Vegas, 89101.

17- Bodies Exhibit

Explore the inner workings of your body, up close and personal.

Real human bodies and organs, preserved through a process known as plastination, are on display in this exhibit, allowing visitors to look inside the human body’s inner workings in incredible detail.

Explore the skeletal, muscular, and circulatory systems and individual organs, such as the heart and lungs, in ways you would never have imagined!

Learn about the science and technology behind plastination and its medical applications. Open daily, tickets start at $32. Skip the line and book your tickets here.

The Bodies Exhibit in Las Vegas is in the Luxor at 3900 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, 89119.

18- Count’s Kustoms

Explore custom cars and motorcycles in this Las Vegas-based custom car shop featured on the reality TV show “Counting Cars.”

See the vehicles up close and learn about the design and build process.

Learn the unique stories behind some of the shop’s most famous builds.

Some cast members from “Counting Cars” are often available to greet visitors and share their passion for the craft.

Open daily, tours of the shop are free. You may also like the Count Kustom’s Las Vegas Car Tour Experience.

Count’s Kustoms is at 2714 South Highland Drive, Las Vegas, 89109.

19- Aria Fine Art Collection

Explore a fantastic curated collection of contemporary art in the Aria Resort and Casino public areas.

The collection is well-known for its variety, featuring works by established and emerging artists in various mediums, from traditional ones like painting and sculpture to more modern ones such as video and installation art.

In addition to the dedicated Fine Art Collection Gallery, explore art displayed in lobbies, restaurants, and walkways, providing a relaxed setting different from many galleries.

The educational resources, including audio tours and artist profiles, provide unique insight into the meaning and context behind each piece.

Open daily, for free, the Aria Fine Art Collection is in the Aria Resort and Casino at 3730 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, 89158.

20- Origen Museum at Springs Preserve

Explore a 180-acre (over 72 ha) cultural and educational facility showcasing the history and ecology of the Las Vegas Valley.

Peruse exhibits on the region’s geology, wildlife, and human settlement.

Touch screens, video displays, and interactive models allow visitors to explore and engage with the exhibits in unique ways, melding nature with technology.

Learn about sustainable living and environmental conservation that showcase green technologies and practices.

Open Thursday through Monday, it is highly recommended to reserve tickets in advance at $18.95 for adults and $10.95 for children.

The Origen Museum is at 333 South Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas, 89107. 

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The city is known for the world-famous Vegas Strip, so most people are surprised to learn that there’s an exciting collection of museums in Las Vegas too.
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Sarah Hoffschwelle is an author and freelance writer with a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Museum Studies focusing on science communication and education. Originally from Texas, she moved to South Korea as a child for a couple of years, travelling to China, Thailand, Japan, and Australia during her time there. She has travelled to Germany, England, and Ireland and studied abroad for a summer in Italy. She currently lives in New Hampshire and continues to travel domestically as much as possible and is planning several international trips for the next few years