The list of Las Vegas oddities is long indeed: drive-through wedding chapels, an unnatural amount of Elvis sightings, a pyramid, an Eiffel Tower, rivers amidst shopping malls, a mob history – these eccentricities of the city are part of what make it exciting. And as a visitor, you can get a good taste of what it is to be a part of this excitement at one of the many unusual yet distinct Las Vegas museums.
The Neon Museum: It only stands to reason that the Neon Museum should be located in Las Vegas. If, while driving along that bedazzling strip, you ever gazed upward at all the flashing lights and neon and wondered what happened to all the old great signs of yesteryear, well, they’ve found a home just down the road in the Neon Museum. Often referred to by its loving nick-name, the Neon Boneyard, this is where all the great signs of Las Vegas old have come to die. Here there are over 150 donated and rescued signs that make something of a flashbulb funhouse for visitors. Often the site of photo shoots, one really must see this open-aired museum oddity of flashing lights in order to appreciate it. It’s open 24 hours a day, over on 810 North Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Pinball Hall of Fame: Remember when your dad took you to the arcade and showed you his best on the old pinball machine? Relive those days of glory down at 1610 E. Tropicana Ave. These great mechanical contraptions are considered by many to be the precursor to modern video games and are nothing short of remarkable when considering all the various engineering components involved. Long-standing as one of the American public’s favorite circus, arcade, and random truck-stop diner attraction, at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas you can stroll down lane upon lane of historic, unique, and famous pinball games of old. There are easily over a hundred pinball games all gathered here and restored to their original condition. A hit for both the young and old, you might say.
The Mob Museum: Ever wonder how Las Vegas got its start? We’ve all heard the rumors and most of us have seen the movies, but the true story of how Las Vegas got its start is much more interesting. Check out all the facts in Las Vegas’ own Mob Museum. Head down to 300 Stewart Ave to see what all the fuss is about.