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Top Museum Tours In Las Vegas

August 18, 2014 5:00 AM

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Photo credit: Mob Museum

Photo credit: Mob Museum

The museums of Las Vegas offer the chance to explore any era from prehistoric times to the recent history of Southern Nevada with gangsters, law enforcement and the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip. Take a tour in a museum and discover ways to learn with children, be amazed at the beauty of the world and even ride into the past on a train. Museums are a place of learning, entertainment and expanding horizons.
The Neon Museum
770 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 387-6366
www.neonmuseum.orgHour-long guided walking tours with docents are offered in The Neon Museum, located in downtown Las Vegas. The Neon Boneyard is exhibiting rescued signs including signage from Flamingo, Sahara, Lady Luck, New York-New York, Palms Casino Resort and Frontier. As for triple-digit temperatures, explore Las Vegas history with a walk under the stars with the neon signs as a backdrop. The Neon Museum was founded in 1996 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting and exhibiting Las Vegas signs.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 384-3466
www.lvnhm.orgWith two floors encompassing Africa, prehistoric times, marine life, Egyptian civilization, wildlife including a room devoted to Nevada and traveling exhibits, The Las Vegas Natural History Museum offers the chance to explore centuries past. Self-guided tours include walking through Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s burial chambers, experiencing the African Rainforest and staring down roaring wild animals. You can surround yourself with sharks and stingrays or be transported back into time with dinosaurs and still return back to Las Vegas when ready.

The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 229-2734
www.themobmuseum.orgThe Mob Museum, officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is housed in the actual building where federal hearings were held about organized crime in downtown Las Vegas. The 41,000-square-foot museum encompasses 17,000 square feet of exhibition space on three floors with self-guided tours beginning on the third floor and concluding on the first floor. The museum is designed to be interactive with opportunities to take part in FBI weapons training, shoot a simulated Tommy gun or listen to real FBI surveillance tapes. Guests are also welcome to explore those exhibits that intrigue them without following the tour. Visitors can take a guided tour for $10.

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DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
360 Promenade Place
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 382-3445
www.discoverykidslv.orgDISCOVERY Children’s Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts features 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on exhibits in a three-story building. It is not so much a tour but a chance to experience nine interactive exhibition galleries including traveling exhibits, programs, demonstrations and activities. A great family outing, whether the children are toddlers or ready to enter high school, the museum offers ways to explore and understand how science works and incorporates nature and art.

Nevada State Railroad Museum
Nevada Southern Railway Train Excursion
600 Yucca St.
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 486-5933
www.museums.nevadaculture.orgTrains are a big part of the history of Nevada and the Nevada State Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving that history. For the chance to experience the thrill of a train ride while touring train stops, excursion train rides are offered every weekend leaving the train station located in the museum. The train travels about seven miles for 40 minutes on the Boulder Branch Line to Railroad Pass. Passengers ride in air-conditioned refurbished Pullman Coaches dating back to 1911. Open-air coaches are also available as well as ADA/handicapped coach with a lift for wheelchairs.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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