Casinos and attractions in Las Vegas have shuttered in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A city known for tourism, Las Vegas has found ways to continue to entertain would-be visitors from an appropriate social distance. Museums have begun putting their collections online and providing virtual tours of their spaces. Enjoy an up-close look at Las Vegas from anywhere in the world!
Las Vegas Museums Go Digital
The Neon Museum
One of the biggest draws of Las Vegas is all the pretty lights. The Neon Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits iconic Las Vegas signs. They have created a web-based app (enter password: Neon) that allows virtual visitors to explore the Neon Boneyard, the main outdoor exhibition space. The Boneyard has more than 200 unrestored signs that are lit by ground lights in the evening and restored signs which are on all the time. The museum also has a dedicated YouTube channel with over 70 videos featuring celebrity interviews and restoration footage. The blog section of their website has articles devoted to neon artists, a deeper look at iconic signs, and a look back at past educational outreach programs.
The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum got organized and put its collection online. Crime enthusiasts can tour the facility using an interactive map. Select one of the 4 floors to see which exhibits are available and then peruse artifacts, photographs, letters, and evidence accompanied by detailed captions. Check out the exhibit about the Kefauver Hearings, the court cases that confirmed the existence of a national crime syndicate and had hearings in 14 cities across the country. Other popular exhibits include The History of Organized Crime, The Rise of Las Vegas, and Prohibition. The museum has a free app with additional ways to learn including guided tours of the exhibits. Visitors can also find links to guided tours on the museum’s social media.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Isn’t Just for Adults, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum is offering prehistoric virtual fun. Dino Tours offers students a chance to engage in 2-way question and answer sessions with experts using video conferencing technology. These educational field trips can be tailored to students of all ages and abilities. The youngest paleontologists can download informational slides that are accompanied by creative activities. The Museum from Home section has a list of video classes that parents can enjoy with their kids. Each class lists the target age group and learning standards for the lesson making it easy for parents to choose the one appropriate to their child’s needs.