Looking to spice up your Las Vegas trip? We’ve broken down a list of the best, weirdest and most exciting museums to visit.
Las Vegas, known for its glitzy casinos and vibrant nightlife, offers more than just slot machines, poker and blackjack tables. If you’re a casino enthusiast, a tourist or even celebrating a bachelor/bachelorette party looking to explore the quirkier side of this bustling city, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of the best museums in Vegas.
Hoagie with his sidekick Uncle Joe from the Slot Squad recently embarked on an adventure through some of Las Vegas’s rarest and most captivating museums. These offbeat attractions provide a delightful escape from the casino floors, offering a unique glimpse into the city’s rich history and culture.
Unveiling Hidden Gems: Top 5 Unconventional Museums to Explore in Las Vegas
Let’s dive in. There is plenty of fun to be had at the museums of Las Vegas.
1. Best museums in Vegas- The Mob Museum: Delve into Sin City’s Dark Past
The Mob Museum takes you on a thrilling journey through the underbelly of Las Vegas’ history. Uncover the stories of organized crime, law enforcement as well as the battles that shaped the city. Hoagie and Uncle Joe recently explored this intriguing museum, discovering artifacts, interactive exhibits, as well as engaging tales that shed light on the city’s colorful past.
Tip: Book your tickets online in advance to skip the lines and make the most of your visit. Also pay extra to become a police officer in training!
- Location: 300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Phone: (702) 229-2734
- Website: themobmuseum.org
- Average Ticket Cost: $29.95 for adults, discounts available for seniors, military, and youth
2. Atomic Museum: Unearthing Nuclear History
Step back in time at the Atomic Museum, where the fascinating history of the Nevada Test Site unfolds. The museum’s exhibits offer an immersive journey into the history of nuclear testing that took place at the nearby Nevada Test Site.
Artifacts, photographs as well as interactive displays provide an in-depth understanding of the scientific breakthroughs, the awe-inspiring power of nuclear explosions, and the impact of these tests on global politics and society.
The Atomic Museum curates a narrative that not only showcases the scientific advancements but also highlights the human stories behind these groundbreaking events.
Tip: Take a guided tour to gain deeper insights into the events that shaped the atomic age.
- Atomic Museum
- Location: 755 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
- Phone: (702) 794-5151
- Website: nationalatomictestingmuseum.org
- Average Ticket Cost: $22 for adults, discounts available for seniors, military, as well as children
3. Burlesque Hall of Fame: Glamour and Entertainment
For a taste of Las Vegas’s entertainment history, the Burlesque Hall of Fame museum is one of the best to visit. Tourists are enthralled by the vintage costumes, photographs, and memorabilia celebrating the art of burlesque.
Tip: Check the museum’s event calendar for live performances that pay homage to this glamorous era.
- Location: 1027 S Main St #110, Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Phone: (888) 661-6465
- Website: burlesquehall.com
- Average Ticket Cost: $15 for adults, discounts available for students, seniors as well as military
4. Neon Sign Museum: Where History Shines Bright
Las Vegas’s iconic neon signs have a story to tell, and the Neon Sign Museum is the best place to hear them. Hoagie and Uncle Joe marveled at the collection of vintage signs that once illuminated the city’s streets and brand it as one of the best museums to visit on your Vegas trip.
Tip: Visit during the evening to experience the signs in their full glory as they light up the night. Make sure to book your tickets in advance for the nightly guided show. Also do not walk to this location by yourself. Recommend taking an Uber directly to the museum because it isn’t in the nicest area. The museum does have 24/7 security.
- Location: 770 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Phone: (702) 387-6366
- Website: neonsignmuseum.org
- Average Ticket Cost: $22 for adults, discounts available for seniors, students as well as children
Joe and Hoagie recently did the night tour while capturing it on video.
5. Vegas’s Best Museums – Pinball Hall of Fame: Playful Nostalgia
Get your game on at the Pinball Hall of Fame, where tourists can revel in a world of classic pinball machines. With rows upon rows of meticulously restored and well-maintained machines, visitors are treated to an immersive experience that spans decades of pinball history.
From vintage classics to modern iterations, each machine tells a unique story, reflecting the technological advancements and pop culture trends of its time.This interactive museum allows you to relive the golden age of arcade games while supporting a charitable cause.
Tip: Bring plenty of quarters and challenge your travel companions to a pinball showdown.
- Location: 1610 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
- Phone: (702) 597-2627
- Website: pinballhall.org
- Average Ticket Cost: Admission is free, but bring quarters to play the pinball machines
Las Vegas goes beyond its reputation as a casino haven, offering an array of eclectic museums that cater to all interests. Follow in the footsteps of Hoagie and Uncle Joe from the Slot Squad and venture into the Mob Museum, Neon Sign Museum, Atomic Museum, Burlesque Hall of Fame or even the Pinball Hall of Fame.
Each museum holds its own secrets and surprises, ensuring an unforgettable journey through Las Vegas’s lesser-known treasures. So, whether you’re a seasoned casino player or a curious traveler, these rare and random museums are waiting to be explored.
Additionally (it’s not a museum) but The Sphere is another amazing venue to visit in Sin City. Check out Hoagie’s first-hand experience here.