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Arts & Culture

Begin your day in the arts district. The official moniker is 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District, so named for the 18 blocks it originally encompassed. Located in the southern portion of downtown Las Vegas, the area has expanded and continues to grow, offering an urban mix of residential, commercial and cultural uses, including eclectic galleries and studios, shops, restaurants and bars.

Municipal buildings also have art on display for public viewing. There are two art galleries in Las Vegas City Hall and a gallery in the central lobby of the Clark County Government Center.  

Explore the unique museums in downtown Las Vegas. Enjoy the Neon Museum and Boneyard Park, the Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement ) and the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

Complete your evening at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. This large, Art Deco-inspired performing arts center offers a rotating schedule of the best in theater, dance and music.

 

18b, The Las Vegas Arts District

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18b.org

Las Vegas City Hall

495 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Grand Gallery – 1st floor lobby
Chamber Gallery – 2nd floor
702.229.1012 or 702.229.6511
http://www.artslasvegas.org/visual_arts/galleries.htm

Clark County Government Center

500 S. Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada  89155
Rotunda Gallery – 1st floor
(702) 455-7030
http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/parks/Services/Pages/art-at-government-center.aspx

Neon Museum

770 N Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
702.387.6366 (NEON)
neonmuseum.org

The Mob Museum

300 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101
702.229.2734
themobmuseum.org

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

Symphony Park™
360 Promenade Place
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
702.382.5437
discoverykidslv.org

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Symphony Park ™
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada  89106
702.749.2000
thesmithcenter.com

Historical Vegas

Though the area is known for constantly embracing the new, there are a number of places where visitors can view Las Vegas’ history. The Neon Museum showcases Las Vegas’ most iconic art form: the neon sign.  Take a guided day or nighttime tour of over 150 vintage signs on display.

At the Mob Museum, experience an exciting and authentic view of organized crime’s impact on Las Vegas and beyond through engaging exhibits and presentations. This museum been named one of the “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum has many permanent exhibits, including one showcasing Ancient Egypt and the boy pharaoh King Tut.  The museum’s Wild Nevada Gallery draws visitors into the scenic, rugged beauty of the Mojave Desert. A large variety of plants and animals are featured in this multisensory gallery, engaging visitors with computer animation and interactive exhibits. 

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park was built by the first permanent non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley, a group of Mormon missionaries who constructed an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek in 1855. Today, the park includes a remnant of the original fort and interpretive displays. The Visitor Center contains exhibits on the history of the site, as well as historical artifacts. 

The Neon Museum

770 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas, Nevada  89101
702.387.6366 (NEON)
neonmuseum.org

The Mob Museum

300 Stewart Ave.Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
702.229.2734
themobmuseum.org

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

900 Las Vegas Blvd North
Las Vegas, Nevada  89101
702.384.3466
lvnhm.org

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

500 E. Washington Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada  89101
702.486.3511
http://parks.nv.gov/parks/old-las-vegas-mormon-fort/

Just Plain Fun

Here are a few ideas to get you started on fun times downtown:

Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind entertainment venue and pedestrian mall that is home to the Viva Vision canopy, offering hourly nighttime light-and-sound shows featuring 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. Fly under it all on Slotzilla, where riders take off from a 12-story, slot machine-themed platform and soar on a zip line at either 70 or a thrilling 110 feet above ground.

Next-door, to the east, is the entrance to the Fremont East Entertainment District, a pedestrian-friendly area that combines diverse street-life, local eateries, bars and cocktail lounges, lively entertainment, special events, retail, and residential living while preserving a historical gambling locale.  On the corner of Fremont and Sixth streets, inside the Emergency Arts building, you’ll find the Burlesque Hall of Fame, dedicated to preserving the living legacy of burlesque as an art form and cultural phenomenon.  It offers a collection of lavish costumes, stage props, photographs and personal effects documenting the careers and lives of burlesque dancers, comics and producers over nearly a century. The museum is a growing testament to the power and social impact of the art of the tease.

Vintage and antique seekers will find downtown Las Vegas to be a shopping haven with more than 20 independent stores comprising Antique Alley , located in and near 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District.

Why not “take in a show” while you’re here? Several reality TV shows are filmed on location in Las Vegas. The most famous is Pawn Stars, the History Channel’s series about the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop.  Another fun place to visit is Rick’s Restorations, the site of the History Channel’s American Restoration series.

Fremont Street Experience

425 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
702.678.5600
vegasexperience.com

Fremont East Entertainment District

The boundaries are from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and then from Ogden Street South to Carson.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
fremonteast.com

Burlesque Hall of Fame

520 E. Fremont South
Las Vegas, Nevada  89101
(in Emergency Arts building)
888.661.6465
burlesquehall.com

Antique Alley

Las Vegas, Nevada  89101
More info

Gold & Silver Pawn Shop

713 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
702.530.4959
gspawn.com

Rick’s Restorations

1112 S Commerce St.
Las Vegas, Nevada89102
702.366.7030
ricksrestorations.com