Las Vegas is much more than just slot machines and blackjack and is actually home to a number of amazing cultural attractions.
So if you are a culture vulture and want to experience some slightly different Las Vegas attractions and tours during your trip to the Entertainment Capital of the World, then read on.
The Neon Museum was formed back in 1996 and has collected and exhibited iconic Las Vegas neon signs at its two-acre site ever since.
The Neon Boneyard, an outdoor exhibition space opened back in 2014, houses 60 rescued signs and is a popular destination for photo shoots and weddings.
This unique museum has over 200 signs in its collection. Signs date back to the 1930s right up to the present day, and each sign has its own story and has played a particular role in Las Vegas’ history.
Visitors can explore this interesting museum through an hour-long guided tour and these tours are available seven days a week.
Nevada State Museum
Just off the Vegas strip is one of the most unusual museums where visitors can see ancient fossils alongside memorabilia from famous acts that put the city on the world map.
Exhibits at the museum feature a giant Columbian Mammoth, an Icthyosaur, and more, but the Nevada State Museum is most famous for its collection of costumes, which is one of the largest in the world. This includes the complete set of Folies Bergere showgirls’ attire from the famous Tropicana hotel and casino.
Other memorabilia from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are on show, whilst visitors can learn about the atomic testing era, the Hoover Dam, railroads, ranching in the region and the rise of Las Vegas as an international destination.
The museum also has exhibits dedicated to Native Americans, the gold and silver mines of Nevada and the wildlife in the region.
The museum is located on S. Valley View Boulevard and opens from 10am-6pm. It is certainly worth a visit.
Las Vegas Pop Culture Tours
If you are looking to go on a tour then Las Vegas Pop Culture Tours are a fantastic option to see some of Vegas’ best cultural attractions.
The tour means visitors can see and experience an authentic cultural side of Las Vegas in a series of small group walking tours that offers insights into Vegas’ unique history and its "whatever happens here" bravado.
The 90-minute walking tours take visitors down the famed Strip and historic Downtown areas of Las Vegas. Each walk covers a distance of around 10 blocks and includes around 12 stops.
Las Vegas Pop Culture Tours, which was set-up by friends Babs Daitch and Richard Hooker, offer a walking tour of Fremont Street. Visitors on this walking tour can walk into famed casinos, and learn about the creation of the Neon Museum and Mob Museum.
The Good Morning Pop Culture Walking Tour on the Strip is a hugely popular tour and takes holidaymakers down one of the most legendary streets in the world from Flamingo Road to Sands Boulevard. This mid-morning walk is designed as a ‘welcome to Las Vegas’ tour where visitors can get a grip of their surroundings and find out some history about this great city.
There are a number of guided Las Vegas helicopter tours available and these trips not only take you to the likes of the Grand Canyon and surrounding area around Las Vegas, but give visitors the chance to get a magical birds-eye view of the city.
Tour guides will share interesting information about the city and will show visitors some of Las Vegas’ most well-known landmarks and attractions. Tours of the strip are particularly popular.
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
The DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is a hugely popular attraction and regularly welcomes over 160,000 visitors through its doors every year.
The museum, located at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center in the heart of Las Vegas, is now the top choice for school field trips in southern Nevada and last year welcomed a staggering 18,500 students.
The museum boasts exhibits in science and nature, and art and culture, and puts on daily demonstrations, workshops and activities for families to get involved in.
There are a number of amazing exhibits at the museum including:
· Water World - celebrates everything about water.
· Fantasy Festival – A life-size ship, castle and stage mean your imagination can reign whilst inspiring new heights of creative play and exploration.
· Eco City – Welcome to a metropolitan and environmentally-friendly city where visitors can operate and experience this city.
· The summit - A 70-foot tower features interactive science exhibits as well as climbing and sliding structures.
The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is another cultural attraction that is highly recommended and visitors will be able to delve into the history of organised crime and law enforcement.
Scott, who runs Vital Vegas, a blog about all things Las Vegas, highly recommends holidaymakers visit the museum.
He said, “The Mob Museum has proven to be wildly popular with locals and visitors alike, and is officially called the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. The Mob Museum explores the fascinating world of organized crime as well as law enforcement.”
The museum gives an insight into the impact organised crime has had on the world, the continuing battle between the Mob and the law, major events that have occurred over time and famous characters.
Real-life stories are brought to life by artefacts collected from over the years and interactive exhibits that share stories from people on both sides of the law.