Las Vegas offers a lot more than 24/7 gambling, club-hopping, buffets, and show girls. Visitors who need a break from the routine and entertaining debauchery have the option to visit and enjoy numerous museums in the area. There are museum collections that can either add to one’s knowledge base or are simply fun to see…and those that satisfy both of those tenets depending on the beholder/s.
Check out our listing of several museum options in Las Vegas. Access the provided links to obtain details.
- Auto Collection at the Quad – This collection features over 350 classic cars with manufacture dates spanning from the 1920’s to the 2000’s. Open daily 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Print free admission passes at the linked site. Phone 702-794-3174.
- Bodies …The Exhibition – This 3-D human anatomy lab attraction at Luxor features 13 whole-body specimens and more than 260 organs and partial body specimens for adults and kids. Tickets are $24 (kids 4-12 years) and $32 general admission. Discounts are available for locals and seniors. The attraction is open daily from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. Phone 702-262-4400.
- Boulder City / Hoover Dam Museum – Located a few minutes away in Boulder City, this museum highlights the efforts of the men and women who participated in the original Boulder Canyon Project in the Southern Nevada desert that resulted in the monumental Hoover Dam construction and completion. A visit to this homage will heighten visitors appreciation of the danger, scope, and complexity of building the dam that was and still is vital to the survival and development of Las Vegas. Open Monday through Saturday 10 A.M until 5 P.M. Admission prices are $2 (adults)/ $1 children and students. Phone 702-294-1988.
- Burlesque Hall of Fame – Las Vegas is the appropriate home for a museum dedicated to preserving the art form of tassel-twirlers. This museum is a living tribute to the raucous hybrid of music, comedy, theater, and dance referred to as burlesque. Admission is free though they encourage $5 donations to the cause of tease. Open 12 to 5 Wednesday through Sunday. Phone 866-661-6465.
- Clark County Museum – Visit this 30-acre site featuring an exhibit hall with a timeline exhibit of southern Nevada from prehistoric to modern times. Also featured is a collection of restored historic buildings depicting daily life from various decades in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson, and Goldfield. Enjoy the history for $2 adults/ $1 seniors and kids. Open daily from 9 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. Phone 702-455-7955.
- Discovery Children’s Museum – This 26,000 sq. ft. exhibition features interactive galleries focusing on science, art, culture, and early childhood learning. Tickets are $12 (age 1 – 99). Open 9 – 4 Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 Saturday, and 12 – 5 Sunday. Closed Mondays. Phone 702-382-KIDS.
- Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour and Cactus Garden – Discover how this renowned chocolate company makes their preservative-free goodies during self-guided tours of the factory. Afterwards customers can check out ocotillo, prickly pear, saguaro and other cacti species in their well maintained cactus gardens. Factory and cactus garden tours are free (they expect most visitors will buy goodies at their associated store). Open Monday through Sunday 8:30 – 4:30. Phone 702-435-2655.
- Erotic Heritage Museum – Check out this attraction dedicated to the preservation and celebration of our erotic heritage that was originally developed by a preacher (no…really) in August 2008. Artistic displays of human sexuality and erotica are celebrated here. It’s all about sex, actually. Open Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 A.M. until 6 P.M.; open until 9 P.M. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults (must be 18 ) ; seniors, military, students, and Nevada residents admitted for $10. Phone 702-369-6442. ** Info update 2/21/2014 : This museum is no longer in business and is closed indefinitely.
- Las Vegas Natural History Museum – The mission here is to inspire understanding and appreciation of the natural world and sciences through educational exhibits and hands-on programs (dinosaurs,wildlife, marine life, etc.). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 3 – 11. Open daily 9 A.M. – 4 P.M. Phone 702-384-3466.
- Madame Tussauds – Check out more than 100 life-like wax figures of stars and celebrities including a recently added interactive experience at their 4-D theater. Online tickets are $23.96 (adults) and $15.96 (children 4 – 12) ; online discounts for Nevada locals and weekend twilight hours are available. Open daily 10 A.M. – 9 P.M. Phone 866-841-3739.
- Main Street Station Casino Antique Collection – This free attraction at Downtown’s Main Street Station Casino is comparatively small but quite impressive. From a portion of the Berlin Wall to chandeliers from the Coca Cola plant, this antique collection is unique and memorable. Phone 702-387-1896.
- Marjorie Barrick Museum – This collection of modern and contemporary art including Pre-Columbian collections is located on the UNLV campus. Admission is free. Open Monday through Friday 9 – 5, open until 8 P.M. on Thursdays, and on Saturdays from 12 to 5. Phone 702-895-3381.
- Mob Museum – This interactive info-packed attraction details the struggle between law enforcement and the mobbed-up bad guys and includes a fun history of that battle in the earlier years in Vegas. Tickets are $19.95 (adults) and $13.95 (children and students with ID). Other discounts are offered for locals, teachers, seniors, military, and members of law enforcement. Open 10 – 7 Sundays through Thursdays and 10 – 8 Fridays and Saturdays. Phone 702-229-2734.
- National Atomic Testing Museum – This museum collates the history, propaganda, and controversy surrounding the nuclear testing that occurred an hour away from Las Vegas in the past. Tickets are $14 (adults 18 – 61) and $12 (children 7 -17). Kids under 6 get in free. Discounts are available for seniors, military, and Nevada residents. Open 10 – 5 (Monday through Saturday) and 12 – 5 on Sundays. Phone 702-794-5151.
- Neon Museum – Also referred to as the Neon Boneyard, this fun attraction collects, preserves, studies, and exhibits historic Las Vegas neon signs for cultural, historic, and educational enhancement. View the vintage Vegas public art via iconic signs from old hotels and venues. The museum offers one-hour guided day and night tours. Day tour tickets are $18 (adults) and $12 for seniors, students, military, veterans, and Nevada residents. Night tours are $25 or $22 per person. Phone 702-387-6366.
- Nevada State Railroad Museum – Located in Boulder City a few minutes from Vegas, visitors can ride an authentic train along the same tracks that supplied the construction of Hoover Dam in the 1930’s. Rides are offered on Saturday and Sunday only (4 per day). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Phone 702-486-5933.
- Pinball Hall of Fame – This free entry museum showcases nothing but pinball machines made from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. All games are operational and cost a quarter and up for play by the public. Open 11-11 on Sunday through Thursday and 11 – 12 on Friday and Saturday. Phone 702-597-2627.
- SCORE! Interactive Sports Exhibit – This interactive sports exhibit at Luxor features numerous sports items and hardware from most of the major sports genres (football, baseball, hockey, boxing, soccer, basketball, and car racing). Interactive features allow those so inclined to compare their own talents with noted pro sports stars. Open daily 10 A.M. – 10 P.M. Tickets are $28 (adults), $20 (Nevada residents), and $15 (children under 12). Phone 800-258-9308.
- Springs Preserve and Nevada State Museum – This attraction features 180 acres dedicated to nature trail walks, botanical gardens, and nature displays. Springs Preserve is listed with the National Register of Historical Places and the property is home to the Nevada State Museum which highlights Southern Nevada’s plants, animals, fossils, and history. Admission to the museum is free with paid admission to Springs Preserve ($18.95 adults & $10.95 for children age 5 – 17). Phone 702-822-7700 or 702-486-5205.
- Titanic : The Artifact Exhibition – Check out this Titanic artifact and replica exhibition at Luxor and be among over 25 million visitors to have witnessed it. Open 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. daily. Tickets are $32 adult general admission and $24 for kids 4-12 years old. Nevada residents and seniors can obtain discounts. Phone 702-262-4400.