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“go to the Lied Children's museum instead”

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
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2.5 Hour Las Vegas Downtown Art and History Group Walking Tour
Ranked #128 of 462 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.
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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Reviewed July 5, 2008

This was a nice smaller sized natural history museum. I would visit again. I went with 1 adult and 2 children. The gift shop has reasonably priced merchandise. The displays were nice & informative. There was a traveling CSI exhibit that was well done. Several rooms show things like "ocean life" or "LasVegas desert animals of the past and today". There is a toddler / young child discovery room that young children will love and many animal / dinosaur diplays. I only wish the museum were larger.

My 2 big tips are:
1. Visit the web site - they currently have a buy one get one admission coupon online.
2. If possible, visit on the days they feed the baby sharks & rays. Please call for correct days - I think it is 3 days a week (?which days) at 2:30 but I can't remember. It was really neat to watch - the highlight of our visit!

3  Thank travlin-with-tots
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Reviewed February 11, 2008

My husband and I visited the museum in early February.
The museum is a little out of the way, and you have to want to get there to find it, but it is WELL worth the trip. We went up via Las Vegas Blvd, but taking I-15, then I-515 E and exiting on to North Las Vegas Blvd is a lot faster.

I was most impressed by the modernistic stainless steel dinosaur "munching" on a stainless steel tree outside the museum. We followed the dinosaur tracks inside and found a treasure trove. We recognized early on this is a chilld-oriented museum, which made it all the more fun, as I am a child at heart. The museum is only 16 years old, and the first exhibit we saw was a room full of beautifully preserved wild animals in very naturalistic states of movement. All these specimens were donated to the museum by Bruno Scherer, who had been a wealthy big game hunter. It is "touchy feely," too, for younger children, and they are encouraged to touch the bear fur in one of the exhibits (it's not nearly so soft as you might imagine).

There are other rooms, an oceanic room with aquatic life models, suspended from the ceiling so you can get a feel as if you were in the water with them and an up close idea of the actual size of these creatures, as well as a small exhibit of exotic fish. The dinosaur room is quite delightful, with some animatronics and sound effect buttons thrown in. It is in the process of being renovated, but still worth a look. They also have a room next to the dinosaur room where children can touch and feel things. You can play an audio track of what they think a long-billed crested duck-billed dinosaur might have really sounded like because there have been studies on its hollow crest, which may have been used for communication.

The room on the Nevada landscape was quite educational, with buttons that you could push to either highlight a local animal or plant, or hear sounds. There are several places where you can sniff desert scents. In the mineral room, there is a jade boulder that is HUGE.

What impressed me was the passion for this museum exhibited by those who work there, and the time they took to answer my questions. For only being 16 uears old, I think these people have done a wonderful job, and I would "bet" they continue to improve it. It is not so large that that you could not see everything in an afternoon. There is even a little snack room with vending machines in the basement and a place to sit down if kids need a break. They exist entirely on donations, memberships and ticket sales and don't get any tax money. Do go see it. It's worth a visit, definitely child (and adult) oriented and a refreshing change from the casinos.

3  Thank griffmini
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Reviewed February 2, 2008

Must visit this museum every time vacationing in Las Vegas. It is wonderful for little ones up to age 12. It's not very large so it feels quite safe to have the little ones run ahead of you. A very relaxing place to bring the kids. Wholeheartedly endorse this museum. Hold the hand of anyone younger than 3 when entering the dinoseur section. The 'roars' can be unnerving for the little ones.

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rye, ny
Reviewed October 9, 2004

there are a lot of plastic, painted animals. Children can not be fooled. Living near NYC where we have the natural history museum here, this one in las vegas was a big disappointment. Nothing was real. If you go to Nevade State Museum & Historical Society, you will see some animals and other natural history items.

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