Saturday, September 22 is Museum Day! We have a multitude of cultural offerings in our city. Check out this list of the must-see at a handful of our local museums.

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is a true destination to enjoy the grandiose days of old Las Vegas and the neon signs that have welcomed visitors for decades. The Neon Museum just launched a preservation and conservation program with an online campaign to repaint the Desert Rose Motel sign. The Desert Rose Motel opened at 4000 Las Vegas Boulevard South in 1953 and remained operational until the motel’s demolition in 1995.

Brilliant! is a show that redefines the way we explore the history of Las Vegas. This magical experience, created by noted artist Craig Winslow, transports visitors into the history of Las Vegas through sight and sound. Brilliant! takes place in our North Gallery.

The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories — from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working speakeasy and distillery and sponsored by Zappos. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s“Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and is a multi-year winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” rankings. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums.

The Underground, its new Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working distillery and speakeasy. Zappos.com serves as The Underground’s signature sponsor. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground takes visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time: Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground encompasses 2,814 square feet appointed with luxurious, Art Deco design motifs. Guests of The Underground are encouraged to ponder the time when consuming alcohol was not only a criminal act, but also bred secret watering holes–some of which became the most glamorous places to be.

Natural History Museum

The founding of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum stemmed from the realization of a tremendous need in the community for a museum promoting an appreciation and understanding of global life forms, past and present.

With the assistance of local businesses and private individuals, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum opened its doors in July 1991, exhibiting a varied collection of wildlife and prehistoric exhibits on loan. Since then, the Museum has obtained its own multi-million dollar, world-class collection, and created an exciting and interactive learning experience.

From the desert to the ocean, from Nevada to Africa, from prehistoric times to the present, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum takes young and old alike on a learning adventure around the world.

Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West highlights Lieutenant John C. Frémont’s 1842–44 expeditions to Oregon country and Alta California, Mexico, to map and describe the Oregon Trail. These heroic journeys established Frémont as the “Pathfinder,” and set the stage for his public service as soldier and politician, including nomination as the Republican Party’s first presidential candidate. The exhibition objects include: a mountain howitzer that many believe is Frémont’s controversial “lost” cannon; archaeological cannon carriage parts from Frémont’s “lost” cannon; 1848 presentation sword from the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina; 1856 Frémont-Dayton presidential campaign flag; additional expedition artifacts; and contemporary photographs of expedition landscapes and campsites. This traveling exhibition is presented by the Nevada State Museum, Carson City and the Des Chutes Historical Museum, Bend Oregon, and will be on view through April, 2019.

Las Vegas Lineup — 2nd Edition is a collaboration between the Las Vegas News Bureau and the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas. The photo collections at both institutions contain thousands of unidentified photographs of people living in Las Vegas, visiting the city, and guest appearances by unidentified celebrities. The goal of the exhibit is to have current Las Vegas visitors and residents attempt to identify some of these unknown photographs by leaving their guesses and suggestions in a locked ballot-type box. The original exhibition has been highly successful, with dozens of positive identifications, and has been extremely popular with visitors to the exhibit.

Springs Preserve

Commonly known as the “birthplace of Las Vegas,” the Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas’ dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, the site served as the original source of water for Native Americans living here thousands of years ago. Featuring museums, galleries, outdoor events, a colorful botanical garden and an interpretive trail system, the Springs Preserve has evolved into a world-class attraction providing a glimpse of the origins of Las Vegas.

The Haunted Harvest returns Oct. 12–14, 19–21, 26–28. This family-friendly event features trick-or-treat stations, carnival games, a maze and petting zoo, craft activities, live entertainment, food vendors, and more spooktacular fun for all ages.

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

Prior to opening its doors in a new location at Symphony Park and with a new name, the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum was located in the historic Cultural Corridor in Downtown Las Vegas. Over the years, the museum developed into a critical community asset that complemented and enhanced the educational experience of the children living in Southern Nevada and was regularly recognized for award-winning exhibits and programs. More than 2.2 million children and adults visited the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. Realizing a years-long relocation plan, the new museum opened March 9, 2013 in the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center adjacent to The Smith Center in Symphony Park. Much more than just the relocation of the current museum, the new museum helps redefine Las Vegas as a city that values culture and the arts, an urban lifestyle and, most importantly, its children. Three-stories tall in stature, the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum 58,000-square-foot building is home to nine-themed exhibition halls totaling 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on core exhibits.

DISCOVERY welcomes Sid the Science Kid from September 22, 2018 — January 21, 2019! Sid the Science Kid — The Super-Duper Exhibit! Encourages kids to think, talk and work the way scientists do by building on children’s natural curiosity about the world. This new exhibit brings the PBS KIDS TV show Sid the Science Kid to life

Official updates from City Hall in downtown Las Vegas.