What are the best museums in Las Vegas?

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Larry Olmsted

There has never been more going on the museum front than there is right now in Las Vegas. The Mob Museum (formally the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), jumpstarted the entire resurgence of Downtown or “Old”  Las Vegas when it opened last February, drawing 220,000 guest in its first eleven months of operation. This was recently joined in Downtown by the unique open-air Neon Museum in November, which displays hundreds of vintage Vegas works of neon art in a setting landscaped to resemble an organized junkyard, with free guided tours. The brand new $55 million Lied Discovery Children’s Museum just opened in March, and is immediately the top family attraction in the city. The hidden gem in Vegas is the National Atomic Testing Museum, which few know exists but is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate that covers the long history of bomb testing in Nevada and all sorts of other quirky things – right now there’s an exhibit on mysterious Area 51.

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