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The Neon Museum at night | © Gilda / Flickr
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The Top 12 Museums to Visit in Nevada

Picture of Lissa Townsend Rodgers
Updated: 24 March 2018
The museums of Nevada cover many subjects, from burlesque queens to silver miners, neon signs to railroad cars and memorabilia belonging to legendary figures from Wyatt Earp to Gypsy Rose Lee. Check out a dozen of the state’s finest and most unusual collections.

Burlesque Hall of Fame

History Museum, Curiosity Museum, Museum of Sex
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Signage outside the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Las Vegas
Signage outside the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Las Vegas | Lissa Townsend Rodgers / © Culture Trip
The Burlesque Hall of Fame celebrates over a century of the art of the tease. The museum originated at a bar in Death Valley, where performers would hang old costumes and photographs, but eventually relocated to Sin City, where some would say it always belonged. The BHoF features costumes, props, photos, posters and more, from Sally Rand’s fans to Dita Von Teese’s martini glass bathtub and every pair of Gypsy Rose Lee pumps in between.
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Independent, Entrance Fee

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Indoors

Discovery Children's Museum

Science Museum, Natural History Museum, History Museum
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The Smith Center and the Discovery Children's Museum, Las Vegas | © June H. Johns / WikiCommons
The Discovery Children’s Museum has plenty to keep kids of all ages amused, whether toddlers or pre-teens. Located adjacent to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the 58,000-square ft facility contains interactive areas, changing displays and a number of events. Kids can try out future careers in an interactive mini-town, walk though a giant ear or sing karaoke in the “Tokyo” segment of the Japan exhibit.
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Deaf), Accessible (Wheelchair), Kid Friendly, Family Friendly

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Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Loud

Hollywood Car Museum

History Museum, Curiosity Museum
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James Bond submarine Lotus from The Spy Who Loved Me at the Hollywood Car Museum | © Hollywood Car Museum / Wikicommons
The Hollywood Car Museum is a delight for for auto enthusiasts and movie aficionados. Located in an industrial area off the Strip, much of it is actually the personal collection of one very obsessed—and very wealthy—man. The main area is a massive collection, including the Delorean from Back to the Future, James Bond’s underwater Lotus from The Spy Who Loved Me and a “Flintstones” car. Another area is the Liberace Garage, which displays selected vehicles and memorabilia belonging to “Mr. Showmanship.”
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Family Friendly

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Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Photo Opportunity

Lost City Museum

History Museum, Archeological site
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Reconstructed Anasazi pueblos at the Lost City Museum
Reconstructed Anasazi pueblos at the Lost City Museum | © Tadam / Wikicommons
The Lost City Museum examines the Native American history of Southern Nevada. Located near Boulder City, it exhibits artifacts from nearby archaeological sites. The museum contains ruins, as well as a set of reconstructed Anasazi pueblos. The museum also hosts lectures and workshops of special interest to fans of history and archaeology.
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

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Guided Tours, Entrance Fee

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Outdoors

The Mob Museum

History Museum, Curiosity Museum
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G-Man Room inside the The Mob Museum
G-Man Room inside the The Mob Museum | © Lauryn Wilder
The Mob Museum—formally known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement—examines the past and present of organized crime from both sides. The three-story museum is located in a former court building that was once the post office and courthouse that hosted a series of the Kefauver Hearings, which investigated the mob during the 1950s. The Mob Museum stresses interactivity—firing a Tommy Gun, crawling into a boot to listen to FBI wiretaps, conducting a mock autopsy and more. Displays offer information on everything from Prohibition to the Yakuza and special exhibits are often added.
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Accessible (Deaf)

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Gift Shop

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Historical Landmark

National Atomic Testing Museum

Science Museum, History Museum
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National Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada | © Smart Destinations / Flickr
A part of Nevada history that was celebrated at the time but isn’t much recalled today is the legacy of the atomic era. However, it is examined at the National Atomic Testing Museum. The museum operates under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution and tells the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site in both its scientific and historical contexts. Exhibits include the creation of the atomic bomb, the effects of radiation and a simulated atomic bomb blast.
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Family Friendly, Accessible (Wheelchair), Kid Friendly

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Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors

National Automobile Museum: The Harrah Collection

Museum
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National Automobile Museum, Reno, Nevada | © Tobias Haase / Wikicommons
The National Automobile Museum is a mecca for fans of automotive history and design. On display you’ll find a multitude of machines, including classic cars, sports cars and race cars, with exhibits on everything from the 1908 New York to Paris Auto Race to Moon rovers. Highlights of the collection include vehicles that belonged to Lana Turner, Sammy Davis Jr. and JFK.
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Neon Museum

Art Museum, Curiosity Museum, Architecture Museum, History Museum
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Las Vegas Neon Museum
Las Vegas Neon Museum | © Mobilus In Mobili / Flickr
Since opening in 1996, the Neon Museum has become one of Las Vegas’ most popular attractions. Located near downtown, it’s a collection of signage from many of the city’s properties, from legendary casinos like the Stardust and Riviera to small businesses like wedding chapels and dry cleaners. Some signs have been restored and re-lit, others lie dormant but are still beautiful specimens of design and history. The museum’s “Brilliant!” program used projections to re-animate dormant signs with a musical soundtrack.
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9:30 am - 12:00 am
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9:30 am - 11:00 pm
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9:30 am - 11:00 pm
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9:30 am - 11:00 pm
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9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri:
9:30 am - 12:00 am
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9:30 am - 12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Deaf), Kid Friendly, Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity, Instagrammable

Nevada Museum of Art

Building, Art Museum
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Nevada Museum of Art | © Rmart123 / Wikicommons

The Nevada Museum of Art features works in a variety of formats by both international artists and those from the Nevada community. The museum frequently hosts visiting exhibits and also boasts a permanent collection from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The NMA’s Center for Art + Environment explores the practice and study of how people interact creatively with their environments; the museum also collaborated on the Seven Magic Mountains installation in Southern Nevada.

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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair)

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Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Architectural Landmark

Nevada State Museum

History Museum, Natural History Museum
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Nevada State Museum, Carson City | © Ken Lund / Flickr
Sometimes, the museum itself is part of the exhibit, as is the case with the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Located in the former Carson City Mint, its collection includes mummies and mammoths, Navajo pottery and French posters. The museum also houses the Marjorie Russell Clothing and Research Center and hosts a variety of lectures, activities and kids’ programs.
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Family Friendly

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Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark

Nevada State Railroad Museum

Transportation Museum, History Museum
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Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City | © Patrick Nouhallier / Flickr
The Nevada State Railroad Museum celebrates the state’s historic railroads—and even gives guests an opportunity to experience one themselves. The Nevada Southern Railway travels along a track once used to carry supplies to the Boulder Dam and lets riders have the old-time big locomotive experience with a side of scenery. The museum also has a number of grounded train cars for visitors to explore, as well as a collection of model trains.
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9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Scenic, Historical Landmark

Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum

History Museum, Curiosity Museum
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Zak Bagans' Haunted Museum, Las Vegas | Lissa Townsend Rodgers / © Culture Trip
Zak Bagans has collected many objects during his years as the host of Ghost Adventures. They’ve been collected in a historic home that is now the Haunted Museum, each room set up in its own creepy vignette. Items on display include Ed Gein’s clown paintings, cursed dolls, Dr. Kevorkian’s van, mummies, skulls, coffins and more. Guided tours mean you get the whole down n’ dark story on every room.
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri:
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat:
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Gift Shop

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Historical Landmark