Art & History in Las Vegas

There is more to Las Vegas than the bright lights of the strip. We invite you to explore the art and architecture of The Venetian Resort. Stroll along for a new era of modern art viewing. From art installations, hand-painted ceilings, and art from all over the world. In addition, see and explore more about the culture and community of the City of Las Vegas. Visit local museums to learn about the city's history. Or stop by one of our unique museums that showcase the culture of Las Vegas.

01 Art & Architecture at The Venetian

The Venetian and Las Vegas have cultural art, architecture, and history. We invite you to first take a stroll through the Italian-inspired art and architecture of The Venetian Resort. Renaissance frescoes transport you into the heart of Venice, Italy. Plus, digital displays showcase a new era of modern art. Look up at the hand-painted ceiling of the Grand Colonnade. Or pose for a selfie in front of a larger-than-life LOVE sculpture. Historic sites are brought to life in St. Mark’s square. New art installations are regularly added at The Venetian to showcase well-known artists from all over the world.

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02 Nevada State Museum

The Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas opened at the Springs Preserve in October 2011. 70,000 square-feet of space which includes permanent exhibits, revolving exhibits, a library, and more. The museum showcases the history of the state. Enjoy interactive experiences that share the history of Nevada. Visitors can hear how geology shaped the Great Basin and learn about native plants and animals. In addition, visitors can learn about the Hoover Dam, atomic history, and how Las Vegas came to be the resort capital of the world. Grab a rental car to make the trip easy and take in all of the sites of Nevada.

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03 Las Vegas Natural History Museum

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum opened in July 1991. The museum educates the public on natural world, past and present. See the collection of wildlife and prehistoric exhibits. Since the opening, the museum has grown its collection of world-class exhibits. They've created an interactive learning experience for visitors to be part of the exhibits. Go on an adventure, from the desert to the ocean, prehistoric times to the present, and from Nevada and beyond. The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is just a quick drive away!

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04 National Atomic Testing Museum

The National Atomic Testing Museum educates visitors on science and history. In addition, the museum highlights 70 years of nuclear testing. It tells the story of the Nevada atomic test site through lessons of the past and present. There are collection-based exhibits and learning activities for all ages. Visitors can see the rarest artifacts of the nation’s atomic testing program and more. One interactive experience that visitors can be a part of is the Ground Zero Theater. This simulation lets visitors experience how an above-ground test would feel like. Book your suite at The Venetian, then head over to this explosive food time.

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05 Seven Magic Mountains

A popular art installation for visitors is the Seven Magic Mountains. Located about 10 miles south of Las Vegas, near the Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15. The Seven Magic Mountains are seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders, a perfect instagrammable moment. Standing over thirty feet high, this art piece is a creative expression of human presence in the desert. This large-scale display was created by the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. So, when you are ready for an adventure, stop on by to one of our quick service restaurants. Grab a bite and head on over to this unique art installation.

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06 The Neon Museum

Looking to take in some historical Las Vegas art? Stop by one of our signature restaurants, like Chica for an amazing sandwich on the go, for takeout and head over to The Neon Museum. This non-profit collects and preserves iconic Las Vegas signs. Signs are studied and displayed for educational, historical and cultural enrichment. These restored and non-restored pieces can be viewed in the outdoor exhibition space. Take a self-guided tour through the Neon Boneyard and North Gallery. Stop by at sunset! The tour is extra noteworthy with over 200 signs illuminated all at once. Each sign in the collection offers its own unique story and personality. See the bright lights of Vegas' past and the role it played in the city's history. Then head on over to Electra for happy hour.

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07 Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

Not far from your stay at The Venetian; is the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Located less than 2 miles away, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Knowing that you don't have to go far, start your day off in the comfort of your suite with in-suite dining. Once you are ready to hit the town, grab a quick coffee to go and head on over to the museum. The museum hosts a collection of artwork from artists of all backgrounds. Offering free admission for its visitors to exhibitions, workshops, and more. The exhibitions reflect the diverse nature of the Southern Nevada community. Take an art walk tour or explore works within the collection on a virtual art tour.

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08 First Friday Foundation

Stopping in for a weekend of art and adventure? Book your suite at The Venetian and get ready for one of the most popular art outings in Las Vegas. Join thousands of visitors and locals alike at First Friday in Downtown Las Vegas. This monthly non-profit art event happens every first Friday of the month. The event showcases culture and creativity in all forms. With local artists, musicians, makers, and so much more to see, hear, and explore. Enjoy over 13,000 artists from all over Las Vegas in a truly unique and Vegas style event.

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