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Las Vegas Natural History Museum
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Ranked #131 of 454 things to do in Las Vegas
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Owner description: This museum has exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to Nevada wildlife to a live shark exhibit.
los angeles
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“Don't miss it”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

Like most others the only reason we go to Vegas for gambling, exotic shows, nightlife. So, pretty much stay on the strip. This time we decided to explore attractions outside the strip. Searched for things to do in tripadvisor and stumbled across the attractive. Decided to check it out.
We reached there, I believe just an hour before closing. Not expecting much we stood in the main hall looking up at a huge exhibit of lion hunting. The room next to it had many more such exhibits. The best part was that the size of the displayed exhibits is actually means the tiger and bear look very real. I was told that in most cases even the skin and hairs are real. Overall, we enjoyed everything and it was one of a kind experience. I highly recommend visiting the museum. There is something for everyone not just the kids.

Visited December 2010
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“Good for what it is, but don't try to compare it to larger museums or you will be disappointed”
Reviewed April 8, 2011

Finally had a chance to visit the Las Vegas Natural History Musuem this past week. Sadly, I've lived in Vegas for nearly 15 years and really didn't think about going until this past weekend (when I could get in free - more on that later).

This is located on Las Vegas Boulevard North past downtown in what is called the Cultural Corridor. This is across the street from the chidrens musem (see my review on that) and will soon be connected by a nice pedestrian bridge.

I must first say that I have been to some very large and exceptional natural history museums (New York,etc.) and you simply cannot compare this to those or you will really be disappointed. If you take it for what it is - educational and entertainment value - then you'll be ok. My daughter is five and she had a great time and learned some things and that's really the point. It's not very large, but there is decent variety of dinosaurs, animals, geology, fish, Egyptian display, etc. This is probably a place that I will take my daughter once or twice a year. As she gets older, she's sure to appreciate different aspects of the museum.

One tip - they participate in the Bank of America 1st weekend museum program. So if you bank with them andgo on the first weekend of the month, just show them your ATM card and you get in free!

Visited April 2011
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Texas
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“Hidden Jem for Kids in Las Vegas”
Reviewed October 7, 2010

We decided to take a trip to Las Vegas with our kids. As you know, Vegas is not for kids any longer so finding things for them to do is extremely limited or too expensive. We took our kids who are 11 and 8 to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. I thought we would spend maybe an hour to kill some time before lunch. It is located on North Las Vegas Blvd. which is a straight drive from the strip. We had a 2 for 1 adult ticket coupon. Total for 4 of us was only $20!!! As we entered, at the end of the lobby, there is a life-sized stuffed giraffe looking to the entrance. Just to let you know, we were there for 2-1/2 hours and my kids still wanted to stay longer. There are dinasaurs that move, wild animals frozen in action of attack, Egyptian life, plants, minerals, insects, live sharks and fish and so much too see. There are video information for kids to learn all about life in the Nevada heat and sounds you hear from all sorts of animals. There is also an area for younger kids to learn about science. My children loved it. There is also an outdoor area which is probably the oldest homes in Las Vegas but it was closed on Mondays and unfortuantely we were not able to walk through it.

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“Medium-sized Museum that's Good for the Price”
Reviewed April 17, 2009

In 2008, Las Vegas's Natural History Museum may not look like much on the outside (a one-story windowless concrete block from the parking lot), but inside is quite large with a ground floor and basement. The museum is actually a collection of several topics and combines kids with adult interests. Some areas look a little worn and the rooms small whereas others, such as the dinosaur exhibit and Africian galleries are quite large and excellent. There are two areas...the old part of the museum which resembles a large house with a basement...and the new area which has huge rooms and is more suited for museum exhibits.

The Sea Life Room is a bit small and was undergoing interior renovation at the time of my visit in 2008. It's not like a major-city aquarium with huge window tanks...more like a huge fish room at the local pet store with small tanks. But the area does have fossil jaws and some very interesting live (small) fish, not to mention reptiles, plants, fossils, and displays. Considering that LV is in the middle of the desert far from the seawater, the Sea Life Room isn't quite bad at all and is well-rounded with video and educational kiosks.

What this museum excels at, unlike some other larger city museums, is that exhibits appear in their "natural environment" complete with props, background paintings, and landscaping. Few museums I've been to does this so well as those other ones would just have a stuffed animal in a glass case. For example, you'll see African animals in what appears to be an Africian Savannah complete with landscaped dirt, grass, and water, realistic background painting, and other stuffed animals to give the viewer the sense of really being in the middle of Africa with animals on either side. The Dinosaur Room (seemed to be purchased from other museums) has life-sized animated replicas of T-Rex, Triceratops, and raptors. There are nice realistic paintings of extinct "sea monster" life and some actual fossils. Unlike other museums which only display fossil bones, LV's museum's animated vinyl dinosaurs give the viewer a sense of how dinosaurs may have appeared with flesh, color, and sound. There's an enclosed Rain Forest Room complete with sound effects, rain, lighning and thunder, and spotlighting all with the touch of a button like a Hollywood Special Effects show. The Neathanderals look real and life-sized and each has their own landscaped base. The stuffed animals range from ducks to birds to bison, giraffe, bears, tigers, lions, foxes, deer, and more.

I do give credit to LV's museum staff for they have great passion in renovating and purchasing some wonderful displays and exhibits that were trademarks and gems at other museums who sold them to Las Vegas. In fact, San Francisco's "California Academy of Sciences" Natural History Museum sold its rock collection, some stuffed animals, and dinosaur exhibits to Las Vegas. LV's museum has the space and money to display them realistically as I've never seen them displayed before in San Fran.

The LV museum is expanding with funds for renovating and additional purchases. It'll be a nice museum to visit once remodeling is complete.

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Lancaster, Ohio
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“go to the Lied Children's museum instead”
Reviewed July 27, 2008

I thought this museum was a little lame. The animals are stuffed and look fake. The feeding of the live sharks and rays was nice. If you are looking for a museum to take the kids, go to the children's museum instead.

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