Best museums in Las Vegas that are worth your time

Discover the best museums in Las Vegas for a unique mix of art, history, and creativity, from neon lights to Egyptian treasures.

Dive into the rich history and culture that made Las Vegas a world-class destination by adding some museums to your itinerary. Be inspired by the city’s top cultural venues, whether it’s in art galleries, immersive exhibitions, or open-air museums.

Among the best places to visit in Vegas are museums that tell the story of its most famous elements, like the Mob Museum and the Neon Museum. Other museums are by appointment only hidden gems that feel like you’re discovering one of Sin City’s secrets. And some are handily located so you can visit them while taking part in other fun activities, like trips to the Grand Canyon.

Here are 14 of the best museums to explore during your trip to Las Vegas.

Best history museums in Las Vegas

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1. Las Vegas Natural History Museum

With such a wealth of natural history finds that have occurred in the desert surrounding Las Vegas, it makes sense that there would be a museum dedicated to it here. There’s a focus on the Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s free-roaming neighbors in the Wild Nevada Gallery, and you can also find galleries dedicated to geology, African wildlife,  prehistoric mammals, and marine life.

Highlights:

Don’t miss the lifelike, roaring T-rex at the entrance. Entry is included with the Go City All-Inclusive Pass which gives you access to more than 45 attractions.

Address and opening hours:

3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Open daily 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, with the last admission at 7:00 PM.

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2. Discovering King Tut’s Tomb exhibit

Travel back in history to the times of the Egyptian civilization and learn about one of its most famous rulers, King Tutankhamun. The accurate replicas at the Discovering King Tut’s Tomb exhibit at the Luxor portray a very personal account of the pharaoh’s historical legacy.

Highlights:

Get the audio guide and hear Howard Carter’s personal account of his discovery. Entry is included with the Go City All-Inclusive Pass which gives you access to more than 45 attractions.

Address and opening hours:

3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Open daily 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, with the last admission at 7:00 PM.

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3. Kolb Studio

Kolb Studio is a historical venue near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and was the workshop of two successful early 20th-century photographers known for their adventurous spirit. Discover the lesser-known areas of the Grand Canyon through their photos.

Highlights:

This attraction can be visited during a Grand Canyon South Rim tour.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your driver at Sirens Cove Blvd. Confirm departure time one day in advance.

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4. Historic Electric Vehicle Museum

If you consider EVs a recent invention, take a walk through the history of electric vehicles in the United States at the Historic Electric Vehicle Museum and you’ll be forced to think again. Learn more about their connection to the iconic Route 66.

Highlights:

Make your visit a complete back-to-the-past experience visiting antique shops and old mining towns with this Oatman Mining Town, Burros, and Route 66 tour.

Address and opening hours:

Powerhouse Visitor Center, 120 W Andy Devine Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401. Open daily, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

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5. Mob Museum

Go on a fascinating journey through the rise and fall of the American mob and explore the darker side of old Vegas. Through interactive exhibits and multimedia displays, you’ll uncover intriguing details about infamous mobsters and law enforcers.

Highlights:

A Mob Museum entry ticket includes a cocktail at the museum’s speakeasy.

Address and opening hours:

300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Open Wednesday-Monday 9:00 AM-9:00 PM, Tuesdays 9:00 AM-6:30 PM.

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6. Zion Human History Museum

American history is full of examples of determination and bravery. In the Western States, these qualities have meant that humans had to shape an inhospitable environment. Learn about the interaction between people and nature in the American West at Zion Human History Museum.

Highlights:

The museum and the surrounding natural landmarks are best explored with a Zion and Bryce Canyon Guided day tour from Las Vegas.

Address and opening hours:

Zion National Park Rd, Springdale, UT 84767. Open daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.

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7. Rhyolite

Rhyolite is one of Nevada’s most famous ghost towns. The town is so beautifully preserved that arriving will feel like walking into a history museum immersed in an eerie atmosphere you can now explore during a day trip.

Highlights:

Combine a visit to Rhyolite with a tour of the Harmony Borax Works, which are also of historical interest, with the Death Valley and Rhyolite Ghost Town day trip from Las Vegas.

Address and opening hours:

Pickup from your hotel lobby in Vegas is included in this tour. Departure times vary.

Best art and design museums in Las Vegas

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8. Neon Museum

Fascinated by Las Vegas’ bright neon lights? Be dazzled with a Las Vegas nighttime helicopter flight and Neon Museum tour, which takes you up to see the view, then to the home of hundreds of eye-catching signs, including a collection of retro restored signs. Free exhibitions by resident artists are on show on the first Friday of the month.

Highlights:

Go after sunset for a more striking atmosphere. Pre-booking is recommended, as tickets tend to sell out.

Address and opening hours:

770 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Open 3:00-11:00 PM daily. Tour times vary depending on the time of year.

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9. Rita Deanin Abbey Museum

The Rita Deanin Abbey Museum celebrates the life of its namesake, a talented abstract artist who found inspiration in the landscapes surrounding Las Vegas. Visit the venue to see the Nevada through her eyes.

Highlights:

Book online before you drive to the venue, as the museum is open by appointment only. While you make your reservation, check the museum’s calendar to see if classes are on offer.

Address and opening hours:

5850 North Park St, Las Vegas, NV 89149. Open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Thursday to Saturday, opens later on Sundays.

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10. Goldwell Open Air Museum

Located in the heart of the Nevada desert, this outdoor museum is known for its thought-provoking integration of art and nature. Take a walk around this art garden and be ready to be constantly surprised by the originality of the sculptures on display.

Highlights:

Make a full day out of your visit to Goldwell on the Death Valley day tour.

Address and opening hours:

1 Golden St, Beatty, NV 89003. Open 24/7.

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11. Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

Located in the University of Nevada campus, the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art contains a large collection of thought-provoking works from talented photographers, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, and other creatives. A must-visit for lovers of the arts.

Highlights:

The Cultural Collection features an eye-catching display of Latin American and Native American artifacts, from textiles to jewelry and including tribal dance masks and woven items.

Address and opening hours:

4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Tuesday to Saturday.

Alternative museums in Las Vegas

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12. Office of Collecting and Design

This little-known museum contains a collection of old mementos curated by a local artist and filmmaker, Jessica Oreck, with an eye for the magical in everyday things. Part library, part studio, part exhibition space, to visit is to enter a dreamy world where your imagination can run wild.

Highlights:

Call ahead to book an appointment. The collector-curator will be there to personally guide you through and show you how to create your own piece of art.

Address and opening hours:

900 E Karen Ave Suite B-105, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Open Wednesdays 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.

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13. Fantasy Lab

Cross a portal into another dimension with a visit to Fantasy Lab. This one-of-a-kind venue combines stunning visuals and an immersive atmosphere complete with soundscapes and light, which will transport you to an artsy and dreamlike world of fantasy.

Highlights:

Get your Las Vegas: Fantasy Lab Entry Ticket at Fashion Show Mall and prepare to spend 70 minutes in a magical dream world.

Address and opening hours:

3200 S Las Vegas Blvd Suite 1115, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Open daily, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM, and Friday-Saturday, at 10:00 AM-9:00 PM.

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14. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Las Vegas showcases the art of wax sculpture, a fascinating medium that captures historical figures with exceptional realism. Sports personalities, music icons, and pop culture celebrities are all here.

Highlights:

Meet your idols, whether they’re real people like Elvis or the famous Marvel superheroes. Upgrade your experience and get to Madame Tussauds by Venetian gondola to soak in the surreal sights of the Venetian resort.

Address and opening hours:

3377 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste. 2001, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Open daily 10:00 AM-8:00 PM.

FAQs

What are the must-visit museums in Las Vegas?

Top-rated museums in Las Vegas include the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Las Vegas, and the Natural History Museum.

Are there any free museums in Las Vegas?

There’s no charge to visit the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders benefit from free entry to some Las Vegas museums once a month. Get more details online by searching for Museums in the Us program.

What are some unique and lesser-known art museums worth visiting in Las Vegas?

The Office of Collecting and Design gets excellent reviews for its originality. Other unique museums include Zak Bagans' Haunted Museum, the Museum of Selfies, and Meow Wolf Omega Mart.

Are there any museums in Las Vegas that are suitable for children and families?

Yes, Discovery Children’s Museum helps kids become familiar with science through interactive and hands-on experiences. Children will also love traveling to the ancient world of Pangea with a Las Vegas: Dino Safari Walk Through Adventure Entry Ticket.

For which museums in Las Vegas are guided tours recommended?

For a better experience, you can get group guided tours and self-guided audio tours at the Mob Museum. You can also take guided tours of the Main Boneyard at the Neon Museum. Contact the venue in advance to find out tour dates.

Are there any museum passes or discount cards available for visiting multiple museums in Las Vegas?

The Las Vegas Go City Explorer Pass gives you access to several Vegas museums, including Madame Tussauds, the Mob Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the REAL BODIES exhibition, among many others.