Las Vegas is best known for its flashy neon casinos, live entertainment, and wild nightclub scene, but the city is also home to a number of captivating and one-of-a-kind museums.
You can discover a world of history and natural wonders in Las Vegas, including vibrant neon signs from the city’s early history, exhibits on Sin City’s ties with organized crime, prehistoric displays, and bone-chilling artifacts rumored to be haunted.
No matter your age or what your interests are, there’s a unique museum experience for everyone to check out in Las Vegas.
For those with an interest in human anatomy, Bodies: The Exhibition features at the Luxor 13-whole body (yes, real human bodies) and over 260 organs and partial body displays.
The bodies are respectfully displayed to the complexity of the human body and educate visitors on health concerns including cirrhosis of the liver, arthritis, smoking and overeating.
This three story, 22,000 sq. ft makes for a great day of family fun.
A number of the exhibits here are perfect for children to explore their imagination and learn about the natural world, including a 12-level climbable tower that goes all the way to the third floor, a desert-themed Toddler Town, and a Discovery Lab that features hands-on science workshops.
See over 100 of some of the most iconic cars in Hollywood history including the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman, a Delorian from “Back to the Future,” and five different “James Bond,” and vehicles from the “Fast and Furious.”
The museum also features several of Liberace’s former cars and a 40-foot pink hot tub convertible limo that was profiled on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Located near the Strat, This family-friendly museum features unique exhibits fascinating for children and adults alike, including prehistoric displays, a replica of infamous ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s tomb, and an interactive fossil digging experience perfect for the little scientists in your life. The museum also features live animals including sharks and stingrays.
From Beyonce to Elvis, you can get up close and personal with some of your favorite celebrities — well, at least wax replicas of them.
Madame Tussauds is conveniently located for anyone vacationing on the Strip inside The Venetian and offers a wide range of selfie opportunities, including displays featuring Marvel superheroes, Tupac, Miley Cyrus, and the Rat Pack. The museum also includes a bar, virtual reality experience, and a Marvel 4D ride.
Located in Las Vegas’ former courthouse and post office, this museum focuses on the city’s ties to organized crime, as well as its relation to the entire United States.
The museum features exhibits on mob figures including Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel, gambling, drugs, bootlegging, and prostitution, and law enforcement. You can also grab an alcoholic beverage at the Mob Museum’s prohibition-themed Speakeasy bar.
National Atomic Testing Museum
For some explosive history, look no further than the National Atomic Testing museum.
This unique museum features over 12,000 artifacts and museums from over the past 70 years of the nation’s nuclear testing.
You can check out a real nuclear reactor and weapons, and even a simulated atmospheric bomb blast experience.
Also known as the Neon Graveyard, The Neon Museum pays homage to the famous neon signs from some of Las Vegas’ most famous former casinos and hotels, as well as some signage from businesses still standing.
The museum is outdoors, so it is important to remember to dress appropriately for the weather and stay hydrated — especially during the summer!
While most museums warn visitors not to touch their artifacts, The Pinball Hall of Fame actually encourages it.
Located near the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, the Pinball Hall Fame is part museum and part arcade. with over 10,000 pinball machines and other arcade games ranging from the 1950s-1990s. Admission is free, and games cost only a few quarters on average.
Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum
For those looking for a spookier experience, Zak Bagans The Haunted Museum features a collection of real-life horror artifacts including Charles Manson’s bone fragments, The “Conjuring 3” movie’s real-life “Devil’s Rocking Chair,” the Dybbuk Box — supposedly one of the most haunted objects in the world.
Even the museum itself — which is located in a 1938 Victorian mansion — is said to be haunted by spirits, including a mysterious black-cloaked figure who’s rumored to wander the hallways.
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