Las Vegas might be known for glitz and glamour, but with a population of more than 2 million residents, there are many people with interests that range from exploring history to learning with their children about the wonders of the world. Museums offer education, entertainment and a window into a different world. Along with permanent exhibits, traveling exhibitions bring new experiences to a new audience in Southern Nevada museums. Below are the top new exhibits coming to Las Vegas in 2014.

Mindbender Mansion
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
360 Promenade Place
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 382-3445

Date: Through April 27, 2014

Mindbender Mansion traveling exhibit was designed by Mister E. and the Mindbender Society to test problem solving skills by using brainteasers, interactive challenges and puzzles. The exhibit at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum will engage both children and adults with more than 40 brain teasers and group activities. Mr. E., current curator of the Mindbender Society, will greet all who enter the Mindbender Mansion and explain how to become a member of the secret society. Participants must master puzzles to gather clues and passwords to be accepted for membership.

The neon duck and La Concha neon signs are part of the Neon Museum. (Credit, Debbie Hall)

Neon Museum
770 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 387-6366

Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to noon

The Neon Museum will offer the children’s program, Aladdin’s March Magic, beginning this March. The story of Aladdin will be read to children and after storytime, kids will make crafts and participate in activities that include magic tricks. This is tied in with Aladdin Hotel and Casino and the Aladdin theme.

Other events later in spring include Orienteering in the Boneyard, a scavenger hunt in the Neon Boneyard and Story Time geared toward seasonal events with stories about the casinos’ theme being read and crafts being made to represent those themes.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum (Credit, Debbie Hall)

Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 384-3466

Date: May 31, – Sept. 7, 2014

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum has been known in Southern Nevada as the Dinosaur museum with its permanent exhibits showcasing dinosaurs. The traveling exhibit, Hatching the Past, will feature dinosaur eggs, embryos and nests with more than 100 real eggs displayed in the collection. National Geographic featured the science and research on dinosaur eggs in a 1996 cover, and the exhibit incorporates many of the findings and photography first seen in the magazine. The exhibit will also incorporate models, videos and illustrations of dinosaur nests, eggs and embryos. A dinosaur petting zoo will be created with five baby dinosaurs and their parents for children to touch and observe.

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Clark County Heritage Museum (Credit, Debbie Hall)

Tribal Treasures
Clark County Heritage Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway
Henderson, NV 89002
(702) 455-7955

Date: Through May 31, 2014

Operated by Clark County Parks and Recreation, the Clark County Museum showcases the historic timeline of Southern Nevada through exhibits, restored buildings, models and displays. Accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, the museum is located southeast of Las Vegas on a 30-acre site. Tribal Treasures will feature baskets from various eras and collectors, including Indian baskets and those used during the building of Hoover Dam.

Art for Art’s Sake
Marjorie Barrick Museum
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3381

Date: Through April 26, 2014

The exhibit, Art for Art’s Sake, is being displayed at the Marjorie Barrick Museum featuring abstraction art created by young artists. The basic elements of pictorial art in an eye-catching composition include texture, line, shape and color with visual appeal. Since the 1830s, enjoying art for its own sake without conveying a message has been debated among art enthusiasts. The popularity of abstracts has risen in the 20th and 21st century and all of the artists in the exhibit express their work as an experience, with a different message for each patron who views the art.

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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