Travelers flocking to Sin City look forward to hitting the casino, spotting an Elvis impersonator or impromptu bride and groom, and attending a fantastic show and experiencing the epic nightlife. While you could get to know Las Vegas in a casino or while strolling down the Strip, one of the best windows into Las Vegas quirk comes at a number of its museums.The city of glitz and glitter in the middle of the Nevada desert is without question quirky in its own way. From a graveyard of neon signs to a museum dedicated entirely to pinball, the traveler in search of Las Vegas’s quirkiest cocktail concoction will find it at a number of its off-beat museum spaces.
Read on to learn about which unusual museum you should check out while visiting Las Vegas.
The Neon Museum
For a quirky and artistic taste of Las Vegas, the Neon Museum showcases Sin City’s historic and glowing neon signs. Dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs, the Neon Museum features a visitor’s center in the old La Concha Motel along with the Neon Boneyard. The Neon Boneyard is home to around 150 signs from hotels to casinos that tell of their role in Las Vegas history. You can only visit the site on a guided tour. Day tours cost $15 to $19 while a night tour with the signs glowing in their former glory costs $22 to $26 a person.
Hollywood Cars Museum of Las Vegas
Get up close to some of the most iconic vehicles from classic films like Back to the Future, Herbie Fully Loaded, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and many more. Touring the most famous vehicles in the entertainment industry is nothing short of a movie lovers dream. Although most of the vehicles are originals, some have been created to be exact replicas. Another vehicle found here is the Batmobile from Batman Returns and stunt vehicles from movies such as Fast and the Furious. This 30,000 sq. ft. museum hosts vehicles from more than 100 films, tv shows, and videos. The Hollywood Cars Museum is open 7 days a week and tickets can be purchased at the door. It’s certainly a Vegas must-see especially if you’re a fan of Hollywoods most amazing cars!
Pinball Hall of Fame
Right across the street from another quirky Las Vegas museum, the Liberace Museum, you will find 10,00 square feet of pinball. The Pinball Hall of Fame is easily one of Las Vegas’s quirkiest museums. Home to the world’s largest pinball collection, the machines are neatly lined up by the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club. The machines range in age from the 1950s to 1990s, with many pinball games from the heyday of the sport. While there is no admission to enter the Pinball Hall of Fame, if you want to play some of the machines, you will need 25 cents for the older machines and 50 cents for some of newer pinball machines. The Pinball Hall of Fame lends an offbeat alternative to the slots and tables of Las Vegas’s casinos.
The Mob Museum
Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas in one of the few surviving historically significant buildings, the Mob Museum offers a comprehensive look at organized crime and its relationship to law enforcement. The interactive museum certainly brings the quirky factor with chilling interactive displays and artifacts like the wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The museum also contains information on the mob presence in town, beginning in the 1950s when Las Vegas acted as a haven and playground for American gangsters. You can find the museum in the former courthouse and U.S. Post Office right in downtown. You can purchase tickets at the door for $23.95 for general admission or online at a lower price.
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