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Since it's probably not healthy to spend every waking moment digging in your pockets for more quarters, why not give your arm a rest and tour the local museums. To see some unusual sights head to the Guinness World of Records Museum, 2780 Las Vegas Blvd. S, 702-792-3766. Art lovers will enjoy taking a break at the Las Vegas Art Museum, 9600 W Sahara Ave, 702-360-8000; and the UNLV Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery, 4505 S Maryland Parkway, 702-895-3893.
If history tickles your fancy, stop by the Nevada State Museum & Historical Society of Las Vegas, 700 Twin Lakes Drive, 702-486-5205; and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, 500 E Washington Ave, 702-486-3511. If you've always been fascinated by atomic power, you will want to spend some time exploring the Atomic Testing Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Affiliations, 755 E Flamingo Rd, 702-794-5151. A visit here will give you a chance to see original equipment used at the Nevada Test Site, and tour exhibits like the Atomic Age Gallery, the Stewards of the Land, and experience an atomic explosion in the Ground Zero Theater.
Fans of the show Pawn Stars will recognize the Clark County Museum, 1830 South Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV, 702-455-7955, administrator Mark from his many appearances on their show. And this 30 acres site is well worth a visit. Here you will find Heritage Street with its restored historic homes and buildings like the Beckley House, the Henderson Townsite House, and the Candle Light Wedding Chapel. Also on the grounds is a ghost town, Boulder City Depot, the Esslinger Barn and a museum with exhibits covering the full range of this area's history including a Paiute Camp, a camp on Las Vegas Creek, and historic gaming machines.
Other good choices are the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, 900 Las Vegas Blvd., 702-384-3466; Gallery of History, 3601 W Sahara, Promenade Suite, 702-364-1000; the African American Museum, 705 W Van Buren Ave, 702-647-2242; and the UNLV Museum of Natural History, 4505 S Maryland Parkway, 702-895-3381. If you are traveling with children, they'll enjoy the Lied Discovery Children's Museum, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. N, 702-382-3445.
Car lovers will enjoy viewing the historic cars at the Shelby Automotive Museum, 6755 Speedway Blvd, 702-942-7325 and taking the factory tour (call for tour time). Here you will see neat cars like the original Cobra and 2 Hertz Shelby Mustangs, and if you are feeling flush can order your very own custom Cobra or Mustang.
Once you've gotten your fast get away car you may want to stop by the Las Vegas Mob Experience Museum, at the Tropicana, 3801 S Las Vegas Blvd, 702-331-1888. Here you will find over 1,000 items once owned by the likes of Bugsy, Sam, and Meyer, making it the world's largest collection of autentic organized crime artifacts. If this makes you wish for your very own machine gun experience you can actually make this dream come true in Vegas at places like the Gun Store, 2900 E Tropicana Ave, 702-454-1110, and the Vegas Machine Gun Experience, 3084 S Highland Drive, 702-567-1158.
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