- By kevin
- On May 15, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Las Vegas, Sin City, America's Playground, the Entertainment Capital of the World ... all worthy names for this Nevada hotspot. Think of Vegas as a theme park rather than a city – it can awe as much as it can overwhelm, and that's part of the appeal. And here we introduce the Museums in Las Vegas worth to visit, you also can find the right tour from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on the Globerouter.com website.
The Mob Museum
Back in the day, not even Vegas' neon lights could distract Americans from Sin City's darker side; today, The Mob Museum sheds light on the city's pervasiveness in the 20th century gangster era. Las Vegas' former federal courthouse – located in the downtown area a few blocks northeast of the Fremont Street Experience – now houses distinct interactive exhibits devoted to exposing America's mob history.
Visitors to the museum will learn about such notorious gangsters as Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel and John Gotti and the dedicated G-men and FBI agents, like J. Edgar Hoover, Eliot Ness and Harry Anslinger, who worked to quell crime across the country. The Mob Museum walks travelers through a detailed history of mob activity in the U.S. and around the world, from the rise of organized crime families to the intricate gambling scams still perpetrated today. Recent visitors said they found the staff to be extremely knowledgeable and the exhibits to be in-depth and well curated.
The Mob Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas). General admission is $23.95 for adults (save a few bucks by buying online in advance), $13.95 for children ages 11 to 17 and children 10 and younger can enter free of charge. Guided tours are available for an additional $10 and last about 90 minutes; audio tours are also for an additional $4. Combine a trip to the Mob Museum with a visit to the Neon Museum for $32.00.
The Neon Museum
Once the sun goes down, Las Vegas shines brightly with hundreds of thousands of colorful bulbs flashing for your attention. Neon is nothing new in America's Playground: Hotels, bars and casinos have been luring clients with bright signs for decades. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum pays tribute to the Las Vegas light show, offering guided tours of what's known as the "boneyard."
The nearly 2-acre outdoor exhibit is home to more than 200 pieces of old Vegas signage all laid out for admiration on the desert floor. The one-hour boneyard walk-throughs are led by local historians, who provide details on signs from such iconic landmarks as Caesars Palace, the Golden Nugget and Stardust. The boneyard can be found behind the museum's visitors center, which occupies the lobby of the former La Concha Motel. Recent visitors to the museum highly recommended the night tours, when you can see a few signs that have been restored to their former glory.
Tours are separated into day tours and night tours (day tours cost $19 for adults and $15 for children ages 7 to 17; night tours cost $26 for adults and children are not recommended). If you're also planning on visiting the Mob Museum, you can purchase a combo ticket – which covers entry to both facilities – for $30. You do not have to pay to tour the signs on display around the city.