MU­SE­UMS, GAL­LERIES & CUL­TURE

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BEL­LA­GIO GALLERY OF FINE ART

In part­ner­ship with mu­se­ums (in­clud­ing Bos­ton’s MFA and the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art San Diego) and foun­da­tions around the globe, the BGFA is the city’s fore­most des­ti­na­tion for mar­quee shows. Bel­la­gio, 702693-7871; bel­la­gio.com

DIS­COV­ERY CHIL­DREN’S MU­SEUM

Even the lo­cal chil­dren’s mu­seum has flash to spare in Las Ve­gas. Here, vis­it­ing young ones can cre­ate com­puter art, play the laser harp, en­ter into the vir­tual eye of a hur­ri­cane, and even earn a pay­check work­ing in the ecofriendly Green Vil­lage. 360 Prom­e­nade Place, Down­town; 702-382-3445; dis­cov­erykid­slv.org

MAR­JORIE BAR­RICK MU­SEUM OF ART

The Mar­jorie Bar­rick Mu­seum, part of the Univer­sity of Las Ve­gas’s Col­lege of Fine Arts, houses pre-columbian art and cul­tural ob­jects from the Amer­i­can South­west and Me­soamer­ica, as well as con­tem­po­rary art from artists as­so­ci­ated with the Las Ve­gas val­ley. 4505 S. Mary­land Pkwy, 702-895-3381; unlv.edu/bar­rick­mu­seum

NA­TIONAL ATOMIC TEST­ING MU­SEUM

This sur­pris­ing and en­gag­ing in­sti­tu­tion—a Smith­so­nian af­fil­i­ate—tracks the de­vel­op­ment of the US nu­clear pro­gram from the Man­hat­tan Pro­ject through to­day. Don’t miss the sim­u­la­tor that al­lows you to ex­pe­ri­ence bomb test­ing as Ve­gas res­i­dents used to—from an “out­door” seat look­ing out onto the ac­tion. 755 E. Flamingo Road, 702794-5151; na­tion­alatomictest­ing mu­seum.org

THE NEON MU­SEUM

The so-called “neon bone­yard” has housed more than 80 relics of Ve­gas’s neon sign his­tory since it opened in 1996. Fronting it all is the beau­ti­fully re­stored La Con­cha, an iconic mid­cen­tury ho­tel moved here to serve as the quirky cul­tural site’s vis­i­tors cen­ter. IN­SIDER TIP: For ex­tra drama, re­serve a night tour, when the neon signs are all lit up from be­low for show. 770 Las Ve­gas Blvd. N., 702-387-6366; neon­mu­seum.org

THE SMITH CEN­TER

Down­town’s per­form­ing arts cen­ter is home to the Las Ve­gas Phil­har­monic, Ne­vada Bal­let Theatre, and ded­i­cated Broad­way and Cabaret Jazz pro­grams. The Art Deco-style mas­ter­piece also hosts a fan­tas­tic lineup of trav­el­ing Broad­way shows, vis­it­ing or­ches­tras, and more. 361 Sym­phony Park Ave., 702-749-2000; the­smith­cen­ter.com

SPRINGS PRE­SERVE

This 180-acre, $250 mil­lion Mo­jave Desert pre­serve, three miles west of the Strip, takes vis­i­tors through gal­leries, botan­i­cal gar­dens, and a liv­ing col­lec­tion of Gila mon­sters, foxes, and that other kind of Ve­gas nightlife—noc­tur­nal crit­ters like recluse spi­ders, sidewinders, and black wi­d­ows. The best bi­o­log­i­cal re­source in south­ern Ne­vada, it’s also one of the state’s old­est ar­chae­o­log­i­cal trea­sures: No­madic Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes lived at the Springs 12,000 years ago. 333 S. Val­ley View Blvd., 702-822-7700; springsp­re­serve.org

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