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Most people don’t think of museums when they’re planning a trip to Las Vegas, but there are actually several good ones, a few of which are within walking distance of Skylofts at MGM Grand. You can stroll through a fine art gallery, a celebrity wax museum, a Titanic-themed exhibition and an interactive museum dedicated to the history of atomic testing in Nevada, without having to travel far at all.
Just up the block from Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Skylofts, the Bellagio Fine Art Gallery inside the Bellagio contains a rotating cast of world-class art. Past exhibits have included works of Picasso, Warhol and Monet as well as treasures from Fabergé.
If you’re traveling with kids, be sure to check out Madame Tussauds at its Las Vegas location in the Venetian. The world-famous wax museum features replicas of the biggest names in show biz, and you can mug with the likes of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.
If you loved Kate and Leo in the movie, you might want to check out Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition on display at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. In the 25,000-square-foot exhibit you’ll find luggage, whistles, floor tiles and an unopened champagne bottle with a label from 1900, all from the ship’s wreckage. The exhibition even displays a piece of the Titanic’s hull, a full-scale replica of the Grand Staircase and recreated first- and third-class rooms with furnishings by the original manufacturers.
For something unique to Las Vegas, check out the downtown Neon Museum, which showcases a collection of more than 150 donated and rescued signs; most are housed in a two-acre “boneyard” park. Signs date from the late 1930s through the present and include iconic artifacts from motels, local businesses and celebrated casino resorts, such as the sign from the Golden Nugget.
The 8,000-square-foot Atomic Testing Museum features artifacts from personal collections, the Smithsonian Institute and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory that delve into the intriguing history of atomic testing in the southwest. Though it’s off the Strip, albeit not very far, the museum offers touch-screen exhibits and audio interviews with former workers from the test site. It’s cool.