Downtown Museums Tour, Las Vegas

Downtown is a spectacular area of Las Vegas full of the most amazing tourist attractions and entertainments. Great history, science and specialty museums, with very interesting exhibits can be visited in this area of Las Vegas. See the tour below to find the most interesting downtown museums in Las Vegas.
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Downtown Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Downtown Museums Tour
Guide Location: USA » Las Vegas (See other walking tours in Las Vegas)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Author: alice
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Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

1) Madame Tussauds Las Vegas (must see)

A visit to Madame Tussaud’s Las Vegas is a must for everyone who wants their photo taken with the “stars”. You will find this wonderful wax museum inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino.

The museum is spread out over 2 floors and has various sections: you can play golf with Tiger Woods in the Sport’s Stars section or pose next to Beyoncé, Tupac or Lady Gaga in the Music Icons section. Have fun in the rooftop Hangover Bar or meet the infamous Wolf Pack in the Hangover Experience section. Céline Dion and Elvis are to be found in the Viva Las Vegas section. If you touch Elvis’ hand he will talk to you in his syrupy Southern drawl! You can also try to climb the walls next to Spider-Man and attend Tony Stark’s press conference in the Marvel Super Heroes section. Then jump into the action to experience the modern 4D theatre and complete VR missions together with your squad in the Virtual Room.

Why You Should Visit:
Amazed by the realistic wax figures, you’ll get the ultimate fame experience and have lots of fun!

Tip:
You can find plenty of opportunities to get admission discount coupons online, but you can get cheaper tickets at the Venetian box office right next door.
Don’t miss the 4D theater!

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thur 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
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The Auto Collections

2) The Auto Collections

Even if you aren’t a great car fanatic, don’t miss the Auto Collections which are housed on the fifth floor of the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino’s parking area.

You will find cars on display that are collector’s items, either for sale or just there to be admired in the largest classic car collection in the world. There are over 250 models, ranging from custom hotrods to antique family cars.

Admire cars that are proto-types of which they are the unique model, historical cars, muscle cars designed for high-performance driving and cars that were once owned by celebrities. You can have your photo taken beside a 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan that the TV host Jimmy Carson learned to drive in, a beautiful 1928 Isotta Franschini Tipo, a Jaguar XJ220 that when it was launched in 1994, was the fastest car in the world, or a 1932 Rolls Royce Phantom II.

The Grand Salon houses rare vehicles along with Bentley’s, Ferrari’s and Aston Martin’s, all in excellent condition. Each car has a placard that will explain its history – and its price. In the Main Showroom you will find less exotic makes such as Ford, Renault, Porsche and many others.

Don’t forget to visit the gift shop where you can buy books about cars, figurines, games, toy cars, custom-made vanity plates, parking signs and key rings.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm;
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Atomic Testing Museum

3) Atomic Testing Museum

The Atomic Testing Museum on East Flamingo Road is a great place for adults and children to spend an afternoon that is both instructive and fun.

In this large, modern museum you will learn about the Cold War and the history of nuclear testing that was carried out on the Nevada Test Site. During the years between 1951 and1992 over 900 nuclear tests were carried out on the site which is located only 65 miles from Las Vegas. In fact when atmospheric tests were carried out, prestigious casinos set up “lookout” terraces for guests to watch the mushroom cloud climbing high in the desert sky. 100 atmospheric tests were carried out, while 828 tests took place underground.

The history is explained through interactive displays, short films, and testimonies from people who worked on the site and real equipment that was used during tests. You can check test-dates with world events and pop culture by timelines on the walls around the museum. There are radiation-testing devices and you can use a Geiger counter to check your own radiation level.

In the Atomic Age Gallery you will begin to understand a little of the paranoia provoked by the Cold War, for there are hundreds of comic books and cartoon adventure strips dating from the nineteen fifties and sixties, all on the theme of nuclear warfare. There are wall panels and touch-screens to answer the public's most frequently asked questions – such as “Why is nuclear power necessary?” and “How long will the Nevada desert area be radio-active?” For the kids a Disney cartoon explains the components needed to make a nuclear weapon.

The Ground Zero Theater gives short films showing atmospheric testing, complete with special effects – you feel wind in your face and the floor vibrates. The Today and Tomorrow Gallery features pieces of the Berlin Wall (to signify the end of the Cold War) and pieces from the World Trade Center, to make you understand that nuclear weapons are still necessary in the fight against terrorism.
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Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History

4) Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History is situated on the University of Nevada campus and comprises a wonderful museum for all the family and beautiful gardens. Entry to the museum is free, but you can make a donation if you wish.

The museum first opened in 1967 with a collection of items and the history of Nevada and the southwest of the United States, but it began to expand in the late nineteen seventies to include anthropological, ethnological and archaeological artifacts of Native Americans and pre-Columbian Mesoamericans.

These magnificent objects cover a period of over 2000 years and include over 100 Mexican and Guatemalan masks that were used in religious ceremonies and for social occasions, such as weddings and coming of age rituals. There is a fine exhibition of Catrine dance masks – 19th century masks modeled to mock the French landowners who occupied Mexico. Guatemalan costumes and textiles and pre-Columbian sacrificial items are also on display. Each showcase has a short text explaining the object’s history and you can also ask for complementary history cards. There is a reptile section with local and regional lizards and snakes.

There is a library that can be visited by appointment and you will find books and short films about Mesoamerican art and culture. To entertain the kids, there is a giant sandbox where they can take part in “archaeological digs” for lost treasure and a section in the lobby where they can draw and paint and do rubbings.

The Xeric Gardens feature drought resistant plants with strange and amusing names, such as “beavertail” and “cholla bunny ears”, as well as many cacti and yuccas.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 5 pm.
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Pinball Hall of Fame

5) Pinball Hall of Fame (must see)

If you never thought that you could make your children understand that when you were a kid you had fun even though computer games hadn’t been invented, take them along to the Pinball Hall of Fame, opposite the Liberace Museum and they will soon see what you mean.

The “hall” looks more like a giant warehouse compared to the plush casinos that you have seen during your stay in Las Vegas, but the fun is here without risking your shirt. This is a nostalgic heaven with over 200 pinball machines and classic arcade games dating from the nineteen forties to the late nineteen nineties – and a couple of tables feature games based on Iron Man and Avatar.

There are all the golden oldie pinball machines with their science-fiction themes, such as Star Trek and Lost in Space, western and marine world themes. Some of the machines are really rare: Recretivo Franco’s “Impacto”, Williams’ “Black Gold” and Bally’s “Pinball Circus”, to name just a few.

Entry to the hall is free and you can change bills for quarters at the door. All the machines have been restored and all function, so it’s not just a question of looking at them, you can play on them too. The club that runs the hall and takes care of the machines is a non-profit making organization; any extra money goes to charity.

There is no payout if you reach the highest score, so you won’t come away richer money-wise, but good, old-fashioned fun is priceless.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-12am

Walking Tours in Las Vegas, Nevada

Create Your Own Walk in Las Vegas

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Nightclubs Tour, Part 1

Nightclubs Tour, Part 1

Las Vegas is a very popular tourist destination and one of the hottest cities in the United States. It is known, above all, for its exciting nightlife. Take the following tour to explore some of the most interesting and famous nightspots in Las Vegas.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Nightclubs Tour, Part 2

Nightclubs Tour, Part 2

Las Vegas is a very popular tourist destination and one of the hottest cities in the United States. It is known, above all, for its exciting nightlife. Take the following tour to explore some of the most interesting and famous nightspots in Las Vegas.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Themed Restaurants Walking Tour

Themed Restaurants Walking Tour

Las Vegas proudly wears the title of entertainment capital of the world. Everything here is made to please the great number of tourists that come here all year round. The variety of restaurants include those that will impress you with not just food, but also great themed interiors. When in Vegas, don't hesitate to explore the city's most interesting cafes and restaurants.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Northern Vegas Museums Walking Tour

Northern Vegas Museums Walking Tour

Las Vegas holds some truly amazing attractions. The most interesting museums on history, science and others are located in the northern part of the city, featuring fascinating exhibits on the history of Las Vegas and the state of Nevada. There are also scientific museums and centers specific to Las Vegas. Explore the following self-guided tour to visit the most interesting museums in Northern Vegas.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Walk

Souvenir Shopping Walk

Las Vegas is known for many things and has been called many names, but one trait has endured through the first one hundred years of its existence; Las Vegas is an unforgettable place. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Las Vegas, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Las Vegas Boulevard Walking Tour

Las Vegas Boulevard Walking Tour

Built amid Nevada’s Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is an iconic destination renowned for its round-the-clock casinos and numerous entertainment options. Las Vegas Strip is one of the greatest entertainment places in the world, as well as the densest collection of neon lights. A walk down the Strip is an all-inclusive Las Vegas experience - an adventure that comprises 75 years of history, glamour and roadside charm. Don't leave Vegas without visiting at least some attractions listed in this walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km

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