As Las Vegas is a city full of undeniably quirky characters, you’d expect to find some interesting attractions to match – and you’d be correct. And when you’re after the more culturally quirky side of Las Vegas, look to some of the city’s offbeat museums. From a museum full of old neon street signs, to another that proudly displays all manner of mob related artifacts, there are certainly some interesting things to see here. The museums are all great family friendly attractions in Las Vegas too, so have a wander and learn something new.
The history of nuclear experimentation in Nevada is well known, and at this museum travelers can get up close and personal with the equipment used. There are over 12,000 artifacts in the museum, and you may be surprised by some of the things you’ll learn about nuclear experimentation. One thing’s for sure, this isn’t your ordinary run-of-the-mill museum.
Las Vegas is a city that’s always reinventing itself. The old is constantly replaced with the new, and not only is that true for casinos and attractions, but also for the neon signs adorning the casinos. But when the neon signs are thrown out, the Neon Museum saves them from a desert graveyard and gives them a second lease on life. More than 150 signs dot the premises and with them some seriously good photo-taking opportunities.
Though most of Las Vegas’ energy is spent on other types of games, the Pinball Hall of Fame has its heart firmly in the arcade realm. Hundred of pinball machines fill its 10,000 square foot space, most of which date back to the 1970s, which, as everyone knows, was the heyday of pinball. But before you go thinking this is some boring museum with nothing to offer but info on pinball, visitors can actually play on all of the machines. The cost per play ranges from 25 cents to 50 cents, which is a steal when compared to the cost per play of the slot machines found elsewhere in the city.
Look into the world of the mafia at this criminally good museum. Mafia crime is central to a lot of Las Vegas’ past and is also a huge part of films set there (Casino anyone?), so it makes sense to have a place to learn about it. In the museum there are both historical and gory artifacts, but also some fun exhibits too, like the interactive Tommy Gun simulator.
Car fans are in heaven from the moment they walk into this impressive antique auto collection. Housed inside The Quad, formerly the Imperial Palace, are over 300 cars for visitors to admire, the most expensive of which is the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Lightweight, which is one of only two ever built! It can be yours to own, if you’ve got a cheeky $10 million knocking about.