Las Vegas Natural History Museum

A trip to Las Vegas can be as educational as it is entertaining thanks to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. This amusing attraction is located right on the northern end of Las Vegas Blvd, in Downtown, and it is one of the more popular, but less crowded family-friendly locations on the Strip. Visitors to the museum will be treated to world-class exhibits, like dinosaurs and marine life, and a centralised location that allows for easy-to-plan day trips.

History of the Museum

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The Las Vegas Natural History Museum didn't come to existence like most museums do. Instead of being curated by a group of scientists or educators it was instead founded by concerned citizens who had come upon a collection of old exhibits. These residents implored that the City of Las Vegas finds a permanent home for them and that is when the building at 900 Las Vegas Blvd North was purchased. It's being leased out for $1 per year and has been open since 1991.

Inside of the Museum

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a smaller venue in comparison to some of the larger, more electric attractions that fill up the Strip but that does not mean that it lacks in content. Within the Las Vegas Natural History Museum there is an ever-revolving array of different exhibits as well as some of the more enduring presentations. Among the popular permanent exhibits are the Treasures of Egypt and the Engelstad Family Prehistoric Life Gallery. Both of them offer state of the art displays that are filled with information suitable for both children and adults. The presentations within these exhibits, as well as the rest of the museum, are very hands-on, which makes them ideal for family trips with kids who need to stay active to stay entertained. The current roaming exhibit, which changes out every couple of months, is the Rainforest Adventure. This special exhibition showcases all of the wildlife that lives in the rainforest. There are interactive exhibits, games, and hands-on activities to be entertained. Visitors to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum should plan to spend at least two hours looking through the different exhibits. Larger families and slow walkers should allow for an extra hour or so to make sure that everything is seen before moving on.

Attractions

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is seated within the Cultural Corridor Coalition, meaning it's adjacent to a bunch of different entertainment options. Here are a few of the more popular entertainment options in the area that stay along the family theme. Within a five-minute cab ride, travellers can take a trip to the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. The Fort is part of a State Park and offers a great little outdoor getaway for tourists who want to see old history of the area while getting outside. There is a self-guided tour and attractions and exhibits that rotate throughout the year. Positioned right within the Cultural Corridor, visitors can hop on over to the Neon Museum. The Neon Museum is an indoor/outdoor museum that showcases some of the old neon sights that have found themselves erected throughout Las Vegas history. There is also a self-guided tour available but there are associates on hand to give information too.

Local Dining

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is located near enough Fremont Street that tourists will have the opportunity to eat at any of the many dining options available. The neighbourhood is a cultural hub of different foods. Upper scale dining includes Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse while a more affordable, casual place to eat would be Flippin' Good Burgers and Shakes.

Visiting Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Location: 900 North Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, 89101

Click here to visit Las Vegas Natural History Museum official website

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