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Pictures from Las Vegas Museums: the Mob Museum, the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, and Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas
The Mob Museum, National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada (USA).

The Mob Museum is dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement. It is located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas and opened in February 2012. The Mob Museum showcases real stories and actual events in Mob history through interactive and engaging exhibits that reveal both sides of this fascinating story. 

The most valuable artifact in the museum is the brick wall from Chicago's Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929. Visitors will know all about the most notorious gangsters in Vegas, the history of the mafia and how organized crime impacted the rest of America. They will discover items that belonged to Al Capone, Charlie Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin Siegel, Frank Rosenthal, Mickey Cohen and Tony Spilotro.

The Museum is housed within the historic former federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office, built in 1933. The building, one of the last remaining historical buildings in Las Vegas, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The courtroom on the second floor is the very courtroom where one of 14 national Kefauver Hearings to expose organized crime was held in 1950. The Kefauver Committee investigated organized crime which crossed state borders in the United States.
 
National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas
National Atomic Testing Museum in Paradise (Las Vegas), Nevada (USA).

The National Atomic Testing Museum collects and preserves a wide variety of materials and artifacts relating to atomic testing, the Nevada Test Site, the Cold War, and nuclear and radiological science and technology. The 740 m² (8,000 square ft) permanent exhibits highlight the history, science and technology of atomic testing programs.

Visitors may experience a simulated atmospheric bomb blast, learn about the numerous tests at the Nevada Test Site and around the world, discover how natural and man-made radiation is tracked and monitored, explore how man came to make the first atomic bomb, learn how to survive an atomic blast, and more. A great way to tour the museum is by using the free audio guide.

The National Atomic Testing Museum offers a variety of educational events and displays, including 12 interactive computer touch-screens with videos and educational games, a geiger counter display where children can learn to use a geiger counter, and downloadable activity sheets.

The National Atomic Testing Museum opened in March 2005. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The Museum, the first museum of its kind in the nation. It is located at 755 E. Flamingo Rd., Paradise, only a few minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. It is one of only 37 national museums in the nation created by congress and enacted by public law.


Las Vegas Natural History Museum in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada (USA).

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a natural history museum located in Downtown Las Vegas. The exhibits focus on focus on various subjects, including the secrets of the world’s most preserved dinosaur, marine life, Egypt’s renowned treasures such as the Tomb of Tutankhamun, and the giant marine reptile, named Thalattoarchon, a 244 million year old fossil of which was discovered in Central Nevada.

Other museums in Las Vegas include the Nevada State Museum (which is located at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve) and the Neon Museum. The Neon Museum maintains twelve restored signs throughout Downtown Las Vegas. The Neon Museum visitors’ center is located inside the historic La Concha Motel lobby.

Originally constructed in 1961 on Las Vegas Boulevard South (next to the Riviera Hotel), La Concha Motel closed in December 2003. The building was designed by acclaimed architect Paul Revere Williams. It was considered one of the best-preserved examples of 1950's Googie architecture. The lobby was saved from demolition in 2005 and moved in 2006 to its current location (770 Las Vegas Boulevard North) to serve as the Neon Museum’s Visitors’ Center. The museum saved part of the hotel sign designed by the Young Electric Sign Company.


 

Links

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Find here the official web site of tourism in Las Vegas (Nevada) with comprehensive information on hotels, restaurants, casinos, restaurants, shows, events, tours, golf and things to do in Las Vegas.
The Mob Museum, Las Vegas
Official web site of the Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las vegas (Nevada), USA
Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas (USA)
Web site of the Atomic Testing Museum: the museum presents information and exhibits that describe the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Development and Testing Programs at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) from 1950 until 1992.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Web site of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. The exhibits include animated dinosaurs, southern Nevada's plant and animal life, international wildlife room, a live shark exhibit, and more.
Neon Museum, Las Vegas
Official site of the Neon Museum and its La Concha Visitors Center in Las Vegas, USA.

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