Best Museums in Las Vegas

Sin City never sleeps, so it offers a wide range of museums and shows. Would you like to visit the best? Here you will find the definitive top 10.

Carla Yaquer

Carla Yaquer

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Best Museums in Las Vegas

Las Vegas | ©Neal Smith

There are places with few museums and shows but that is not the case of Sin City. The detail is the saturated offer of things to see and do in Las Vegas, that's why I present you the summary of perfect activities whether you are traveling alone, as a couple or as a family.

Explore historical exhibits, travel to the imagination of famous artists like Van Gogh, visit the Shelby car collection or let yourself be seduced by the Erotic Museum. Las Vegas has it all, and here are the highlights. Will you join me on this tour?

1. The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum| ©Viator
The Mob Museum| ©Viator

After casinos, the second theme associated with Sin City is organized crime. The best place to explore this Sin City space is The Mob Museum, better known as The Mob Museum in Las Vegas.

The on-site experience is interactive. You can join the Crime Lab Experience or the Use of Force Experience. If you find it intense and want to take a break, you can go down to the museum's basement to join The Speakeasy, its bar and distillery, a speakeasy open Monday through Sunday from noon.

The Mob Museum often hosts seasonal collections, live events, exhibits, music nights, symposiums and galas. Prepare to be amazed and remember "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas".

  • What you can find in this museum: a collection of artifacts such as Tommy Al Capone's gun, photographic records, historical pieces and clues that helped identify the most impactful gangsters in North America.

Notable gangsters include: Bugsy Siegel, founder of The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino, one of the best casinos in Las Vegas; Whitey Bulger, the head of the "Winter Hill Gang" criminal organization; John Gotti, known as head of the Gambino crime family; plus a large room dedicated to the famous Al Capone.

  • Hours: Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Price: from 29 €.
  • Where to find it: 300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101 a few steps from Fremont Street.

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2. Titanic: The Artifact Museum

Exhibit Entrance| ©Lee Nichols
Exhibit Entrance| ©Lee Nichols

The Titanic exhibit showcases a collection of more than 250 recovered artifacts and an exact replica of the decks, cabins and passenger areas of the 1912 sunken ocean liner.

This museum offers a 2-hour interactive experience. During the visit you get to recreate life on the cruise ship. Be sure to stroll along the promenade deck, where you can touch a full-scale replica of the iceberg.

Amazingly, divers plucked these pieces from more than three kilometers below the ocean's surface, and now you can get to know them as you stand in a desert.

  • What you can find in this museum: The scale replica of the famous White Star Line's ill-fated RMS Titanic. Hats, jewelry, life jackets, shoes, suitcases, fine china and chandeliers... only Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are missing to recreate the Oscar-winning movie.

  • Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

  • Price: from 33 €.

  • Where to find it: on the premises of the Luxor Hotel & Casino at 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

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3. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Madame Tussauds Museum exterior| ©maria1bjt
Madame Tussauds Museum exterior| ©maria1bjt

The Madame Tussauds Museum in Las Vegas was the first to open its doors in the United States. Since 1999 it has been in charge of combining optical illusion with its wax dolls and the experience of the city that never sleeps. The spaces of this museum bring together the emblematic scenarios of Las Vegas in one place. Looking for a background for your Instagram photos? This will be your paradise.

This museum takes you on a walk through the Hollywood world and shows you different experiences. So, you find its 4D Marvel movie projection, a gondola ride, luxury cocktails in its Hangover Bar Experience and the possibility to celebrate your birthday, company party or any event you want.

  • What you can find in this museum: sculptures of celebrities as diverse as Elvis Presley, Beyonce, Muhammad Ali, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, The Rock, Nicki Minaj, Jackie Chan, Shaquille O'Neal, Britney Spears, Frank Sinatra, Maluma and hundreds of others.

Would you like to take pictures with Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor or Black Panther? Marvel superheroes also have their space. In addition to posing next to their wax replicas, you can also join the 4D experience designed for fans.

  • Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Price: from 35 €.
  • Where to find it: 3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Suite 2001, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

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4. Zak Bagans haunted museum

Entrance to the Zak Bagans Museum| ©Frank Picard
Entrance to the Zak Bagans Museum| ©Frank Picard

Visiting this museum should be a must among the things to do in Las Vegas at night. The Zak Bagans Haunted Museum was in the top ranking of Sin City museums for four consecutive years since 2018. And its standard keeps it among the best museums in Las Vegas.

Thanks to its adrenaline rush through its 30 rooms of eclectic collection, its owner proclaimed the place as the extreme space of the paranormal. Let's just say that if you're missing any curious items from The Conjuring saga, you can find them there no problem.

But if you want to kick your adrenaline up a couple of extra notches, you can walk through its facilities at night. The Late Night Flashlight Ghost Tour Experience is the activity with your name on it. Illuminated with a pocket flashlight, you will walk through the spooky corridors and labyrinths.

  • What you can find in this museum: Zak Bagans has assembled a spooky collection of haunted objects including Charles Manson's ashes, Bela Lugosi's mirror, the original staircase from Indiana's "Demon House", Ted Bundy 's glasses and paintings of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

If you want to get an idea of this collection, you can check out the Artifacts episode of Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel, dedicated exclusively to this museum.

  • Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Price: From 46 € buy your tickets
  • Where: 600 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104.

5. The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum| ©Viator
The Neon Museum| ©Viator

Another must among the night tours in Las Vegas is the visit to The Neon Museum or the Neon Museum. This place is a meeting place for photographers, the lighting is amazing and guided tours are offered in Spanish.

The Neon Museum is among the most famous open-air museums in Sin City. It's one of the things to do in Las Vegas with kids - or without them - if you want a record of the history and evolution of Las Vegas amid eye-catching illuminated signs.

The space is divided into two delirious sections:

  • The Neon Boneyard's main collection: more than 250 unrestored pieces are on display there, which, at sunset, are illuminated. They are joined by a hundred restored signs that are constantly lit.

  • The north gallery of the Neon Boneyard: this wing houses other rescued signs, and a Visitor Center located in the lobby of the former La Concha Motel.

  • What you can find in this museum: a motley combination of posters from 1930 to the present day. Highlights of the collection include the imposing guitar from the Hard Rock Café to old school resort posters from names like the Golden Nugget, Stardust, and Lady Luck, better known today as Downtown Grand.

  • Hours: Monday to Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to midnight.

  • Price: from 19 €.

  • Where to find it: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89101 .

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6. The Las Vegas Museum of Natural History

Museum Entrance| ©Dan Garlington
Museum Entrance| ©Dan Garlington

Make Las Vegas Natural History Museum one of your things to do in Las Vegas with kids... The range of activities on site offers an adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

From dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals to Egyptian mummies, gems and minerals, this museum has something for everyone.

While many of the exhibits are just for admiring, there's also an array of interactive exhibits, plus plenty of educational resources, optional tours and special events throughout the year including shark feeding! Discover the Las Vegas Museum of Natural History: activities, tickets and prices.

  • What you can find in this museum: it is composed of a dozen exhibition halls including: the Wild Nevada Gallery of the E. L. Wiegand Foundation where you can visit the E. L. Wiegand Foundation's Wild Nevada Gallery. L. Wiegand Foundation's Wild Nevada Gallery where you can learn about the Mojave Desert; the Prehistoric Mammals Gallery to travel back in time to the Ice Age; theMarine Life Gallery where you will feel under the sea and have the opportunity to feed sharks.

The mission is to explore the modern world, the prehistoric era and all those millions of years of evolution in between.

  • Hours: Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Price: from 11,5 €.
  • Where to find it: 900 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101.

7. Erotic Heritage Museum

Exterior of the Erotic Museum| ©prophead
Exterior of the Erotic Museum| ©prophead

Looking for a place where freedom of expression and sex education combine to preserve the world's erotic heritage? You found it, it's in Las Vegas where it's known as the Erotic Heritage Museum.

This exciting attraction calls itself the most provocative museum in the world, you'll have to visit it to find out. The truth is that its mission is to take visitors on a lustful journey around the world highlighting the evolution of sexuality, eroticism, ancient history, taboos and legends.

  • What you can find in this museum: The Las Vegas Erotic Museum offers a toy gallery, seminars on love, and the evolution of sexuality, as well as a series of educational films and cultural events focused on positivity and inclusion.

The intention is to explore sexuality and enjoy the process. You'll laugh out loud at the spectacle of eroticism in a robotic age; pedaling through Miss Penny's underpants on her curious bicycle; or witnessing the famous "Puppetry of the Penis" show. Let your imagination fly and live this experience alone, with your partner or friends.

  • Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
  • Price: from 23 €.
  • Where to find it: 3275 South Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

8. The trilogy in Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire| ©Joao Ribeiro
Valley of Fire| ©Joao Ribeiro

There are more than 10 things to see and do in the Valley of Fire but, this trilogy: Valley of Fire State Park, Lost City Museum and the Valley of Fire Visitor Center are not to be missed.

Tours of the area usually last 7 to 8 hours so you won't miss any of the beauty around the Valley of Fire. Following this trail you get to know the route of the Indians of southwestern Nevada. This is one of the best excursions to the National Parks from Las Vegas.

If it is the Lost City Museum, you will learn about the transition of the area from the Stone Age to the present century.

  • What you can find in this museum: At each stop there is a space to compare the fauna, flora and climate, its evolution, impact and current traces. The visit to this trilogy through Valle de Fuego is perfect to raise awareness about nature, not to mention that visitors enjoy a pleasant tour away from the busy city.
  • Hours: The Lost City Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. But the time of visit to the other points varies according to the chosen operator.
  • Price: from 120 €.
  • Where to find it:

Valley of Fire State Park at 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040.Valley of Fire Visitor Center at 515, Valley of Fire Visitor Center, Overton, NV 89040.Lost City Museum at 721 South Moapa Valley Blvd, Overton, NV 89040.

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9. Shelby Heritage Center

At shelby heritage center| ©Bernard Spragg. NZ
At shelby heritage center| ©Bernard Spragg. NZ

Located in a quieter area south of downtown, the Shelby Heritage Center houses memorabilia from his entire career including behind-the-scenes secrets of the Shelby American brand. Why visit this museum?

Carroll Shelby made his name as a race car driver before becoming a designer and manufacturer of automobiles, especially for Ford Motor Company. His contribution to the American automotive industry is endless and this center highlights his life and work. Emblematic sports cars such as the Mustang and AC Cobra models are the result of his ingenuity.

  • What you can find in this museum: more than 30 vehicles from Shelby's private collection, designs, awards, photographs, Carroll Shelby's eccentricities and a store for you to take your souvenirs home or buy spare parts for your sports car.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturdays from 08:00 hours until 17:00 hours and Sundays from 10:00 hours until 14:00 hours.
  • Price: from 38 €.
  • Where to find it: at 6405 Ensworth St, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

10. Immersive Van Gogh

At Immersive Van Gogh| ©Steve Potter
At Immersive Van Gogh| ©Steve Potter

Among the museums in Las Vegas there is one in particular whose memories are memorable, they are those created by Immersive Van Gogh a space specially designed by Massimiliano Siccardi.

This is one of the most mind-blowing experiences in the area. It's as if you were entering Vincent van Gogh's gallery of the future. You immerse yourself in his thoughts while admiring the beauty of his work from inside.

  • What you can find in this museum: Taking advantage of the latest projection technology, here you immerse yourself in the life and mind of the Dutch painter.

The walk through these installations presents Van Gogh's famous and lesser-known works through fascinating 360° moving images using 90 million digital pixels. There are more than 152,400 m3 of enchanting projections. Impossible to remain indifferent after this visit.

  • Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Sundays and Mondays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Price: from 47 €.
  • Where to find it: at 3720 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158.

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