Our Guide to the Best Art Attractions in Las VegasDecember 29, 2016 11:00 am
There’s more to do in the city of sin than just gamble. Indulge your inner culture vulture and explore the finest art attractions in Las Vegas below…
Art in Las Vegas? We hear you ask. That’s right! There’s more to this city than its grand hotels and casinos. We’ve found Sin City’s best cultural attractions, from classic masterpieces and modern works to statues, pop culture and more! Discover a different side of Nevada’s gambling mecca with our guide to art attractions in Las Vegas!
Image via Bellagio Las Vegas facebook
Once you’ve finished basking the Bellagio Fountains spectacle, slip inside the grand hotel and make a trip to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. As a collaboration between Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and Bellagio, this modest gallery is where the world’s masterpieces come on holiday with touring exhibitions such as Picasso: Creatures and Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol and Friends. The current exhibition is named Town and Country: from Degas to Picasso and explores the development of Industrial Revolution artistic styles both in cosmopolitan areas and out in the sticks.
Featuring both famous and little known artists, the Metropolitan Gallery Art Museum (previously called Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art) is a non-profit that prioritises beautiful fine art over all else. While you’re less likely to find the powerhouses at the Bellagio’s fine art gallery, this museum has a mission to spread the love of art and also encourages visitors to purchase the works of independent artists, supporting the local community. They regularly feature touring exhibitions with the latest having been Californian artist Renzo, whose work draws on Latin American influences.
Polaroid instant cameras have made a massive comeback in recent years and Las Vegas is home to the only Polaroid museum on the globe, inspired by Andy Warhol. Exploring both the beautiful intimacies of daily life and the inner worlds of celebrities, the entire collection is a fascinating one for photographers interested in the niche and is a testament to the power of deeply personal photography.
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One of the most cinematic experiences in Las Vegas, walking into the two acre wide Neon Museum Boneyard is like walking into a post-apocalyptic vision of the city. As the forever home for Las Vegas’ iconic retired neon signs, this outdoor exhibition features more than 200 works of light and art with a select handful restored to their original glory. Visitors can only view the collection by arranging a guided tour available every day of the week and a visitor’s centre at the stunningly designed La Concha Motel, it’s well worth the trek out.
Address: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Opening times: 8am – 10am, 7:30pm – 9pm daily
Prices: Day tours priced at $19, concessions at $15; night tours priced at $25, concessions at $22
It’s only fitting that the city of sin would have a museum dedicated to the art of eroticism, founded paradoxically by a preacher and a pornographer. Guests of the museum need to be 18 years old and over in order to enjoy their sprawling collection of works depicting acts of sex, love and pleasure. It also provide education resources for those interested in learning more.
As an initiative to create a nurturing community of artists from all walks of life, the only expected thing about The Arts Factory is the unexpected. Located slightly off the beaten path, it showcases and fosters a mixture of artists spanning across different styles, mediums and subjects. The transformed commercial warehouse has been a stalwart of the local artistic field with an attached yoga school and also regularly hosts classes, as well as concerts and performances in their space.
Address: 107 East Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
Opening times: 9am – 6pm daily