Museums, Attractions and Shopping
18b, The Las Vegas Arts District
View the galleries along Charleston Boulevard. Take in the studios, design stores and antique shops on Main and Commerce streets. Experience the offerings at the art and vintage boutique shops in the cottages on Colorado Avenue. All-and more-are found in burgeoning 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District, which is located in downtown Las Vegas.
City Hall Galleries
Las Vegas City Hall
495 S. Main St., Second Floor
702.229.1012 or 702.229.6511
Located on City Hall’s second floor to the right and above the main lobby, this art gallery’s primary focus is group exhibits showcasing local artists’ two-dimensional work. The exhibits feature diverse cultural, social and local themes. The city’s Cultural Affairs office can provide validation for two hours of free parking in the city’s garage across the street at 500 S. Main St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., except holidays
The Grand Gallery
Las Vegas City Hall
495 S. Main St., First Floor
702.229.1012 or 702.229.6511
Located in the lobby of Las Vegas City Hall, this art gallery highlights sculptures by local artists. The city’s Cultural Affairs office can provide validation for two hours of free parking in the city’s garage across the street at 500 S. Main St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., except holidays
Located just north of downtown is a cultural hub that includes the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort and State Historic Park, the Neon Museum and Boneyard, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, the Las Vegas Library, Cultural Theatre Center and Cashman Center. For further information, visit culturalcorridorlasvegas.org.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 Las Vegas Blvd. North702.384.3466
Ancient Egypt and the boy pharaoh called King Tut are some of the highlights at this museum. From the desert to the ocean, from Nevada to Africa, from prehistoric times to the present, the museum takes young and old alike on a learning adventure around the world.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, military and students 12 and over; $5 for children 3-11; free for children two and younger.
Neon Museum and Boneyard
770 Las Vegas Blvd. North702.387.6366 (NEON)
The Neon Museum’s Boneyard features rescued architectural landmarks from some of the city’s most celebrated properties, dating from the 1930s to the present day. The two-acre facility includes more than 150 mostly unrestored vintage neon signs, as well as a public park. A number of restored neon signs located along Las Vegas Boulevard (portions of which have been designated a Federal Scenic Byway) are also part of the museum’s collection. Reservations for docent-guided tours are highly recommended and can be made in advance via neonmuseum.org.
Hours: Start times vary by season. Please call or visit the website for current tour times.
Night Tours: $25 Discounts available for Nevada residents, active military, veterans, students and seniors;
free for children under 6
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park
500 E. Washington Ave.
The first permanent non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort in 1855. Today, this site includes a remnant of the original fort, as well as a visitor center with interpretive displays. This historic state park is located at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Admission: $1 for adults (ages 13 & up); free for children under 13
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
360 Promenade Place
The DISCOVERY Children’s Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center in Symphony Park™ addresses science and nature, art and culture and early childhood development with 26,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits.
The three story museum is complete with 9 interactive galleries featuring traveling exhibitions, daily programs, demonstrations and activities, special events and collaborative cultural programming for all occasions.
Hours (Fall-Spring): Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Closed Monday.
Summer Hours (June 1-Labor Day): Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Admission: $12 for ages 1 to 99;
Free: Members, children younger than 1 year old & adults 100 years old. Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Yearly memberships are available.
This monthly culture and arts festival is held in downtown Las Vegas on the first Friday of each month. It is located in the heart of 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District and extends into the Fremont East Entertainment District. The festival is open to all ages. First Friday showcases more than 100 established and emerging local artists, provides four stages and over a dozen live bands and features food trucks galore. Special art installations, performances and interactive activities are created each month to showcase different themes. A KidZone has also been established.
Hours: 5 p.m. – midnight
Fremont East Entertainment District
Located adjacent to the popular Fremont Street Experience, Fremont East is an entertainment district offering an eclectic mixture of bars, clubs and restaurants in downtown Las Vegas. In 2007, the city of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency and area property owners invested in a three block renovation that included pedestrian-friendly street redesign, landscaping and retro-looking neon signs.
Burlesque Hall of Fame
520 Fremont St.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame pays tribute to the spicy hybrid of music, comedy, theatre and dance known as burlesque. It showcases a collection of costumes, stage props, scrapbooks, personal effects, and publicity photos representing legendary burlesque performers from around the world.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 suggested donation for adults; $3 suggested for seniors and students
Fremont Street Experience
425 Fremont Street
Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment district located in downtown Las Vegas. It offers Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen suspended above an urban pedestrian mall. Nightly, Viva Vision offers hourly light and sound shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. Fremont Street Experience also features free concerts and entertainment on three stages. With direct pedestrian access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience annually attracts millions of visitors. One of Fremont Street Experience’s more popular attractions is SlotZilla, a zip line allowing riders to “fly” under the five-block Viva Vision canopy and above thousands of people. Riders can zip along in a seated position or have the option of flying horizontally Superman-style.
Hours: Viva Vision shows run at the top of each hour from dusk through midnight. Fremont Street Experience is open 24/7.
Historic Fifth Street School
Corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Clark Avenue
The Historic Fifth Street School was built during the Great Depression immediately off Las Vegas Boulevard (what was formerly called Fifth Street). It was constructed in the Spanish-mission style. The school was renovated and revitalized, opening in the fall of 2008 as a downtown “cultural oasis” housing local arts and architectural organizations. Its common areas are available for public and private rentals. Part of the historical school complex is the Centennial Plaza, containing a replica of the Liberty Bell and a Monument to the Simulacrum sculpture that sits atop a time capsule. Free tours of the Historic Fifth Street School, as well as complimentary gallery exhibits, are available upon request, provided they are arranged in advance by calling 702.229.6469.
Adjacent to the historic school complex is a “Poets Bridge,” featuring select works of poetry embedded in concrete.
The Mob Museum
(National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement)
300 Stewart Ave.
The Mob Museum presents an authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life via exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts — the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $19.95 for adults ages 18+. Special pricing for children, seniors, military, law enforcement, teachers and Nevada residents.
Rotunda Gallery at Clark County Government Center
500 S. Grand Central Parkway
Organized through Clark County Cultural Outreach, this center features exhibits of local, contemporary artists.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except holidays
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers a blend of performances – from dance and music, to first-run attractions and Broadway shows. This five-acre, multivenue campus boasts an array of shows at an affordable price.
Hours: Varies according to performance schedule
Admission: Tickets start at $24
Indulge your love of the past, as well as your enjoyment of fine and fun objects, while browsing the shops in downtown Las Vegas offering antiques, vintage clothing, mid-20th century furniture/ furnishings and more. For a list of shops in the area visit lvrda.org, check under “Projects” and look for the “Antique & Vintage Stores” listing.
707 Fremont St.
Container Park houses approximately 30 small, locally owned and operated businesses in an open-air retail complex comprised of repurposed shipping containers and locally manufactured cubes. This complex includes art shops, boutiques and restaurants. It is one of many urban renewal efforts designed to promote budding entrepreneurs backed by a privately run entity called the Downtown Project.
Hours: Retail shops: Monday – Saturday: 10a.m. – 9p.m.; Sunday: 10a.m. – 8p.m.Food & Beverage: Sunday – Thursday: 11a.m. – 11p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.(No one under 21 permitted after 9 p.m.)
Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North
875 S. Grand Central Parkway
Vegas Premium Outlets – North is undergoing an expansion with a completion in spring
2015 that will bring the number of designer and name-brand outlet stores offering savings of 25 –
65 percent every day to 180. Stores include Armani Outlet, Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Vince Camuto. New to this shopping complex will be Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, a full service restaurant and more. Center amenities include two parking garages, a food court, ATMs, foreign currency exchange and an internet café.
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.Open Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. See website for details and seasonal hours.
As Seen On TV
Pawn Stars TV Show
Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
713 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Pawn Stars, a History Channel favorite and top-rated show, features wheeling and dealing for unusual, intriguing and historical items at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, a family-owned business in downtown Las Vegas. Join the enthusiastic crowds you’ll find at this shop on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
American Restoration TV Show
1112 S. Commerce
American Restoration is a History Channel series filmed in downtown Las Vegas. The stars of this show take old, dilapidated items and restore them to their original glory. Tours of the facility are available during their regular operating hours.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.