CATEGORY: Art in the USA

I know I can’t be the only person that goes to Las Vegas and spends most of the time at museums. Las Vegas is more than just gambling, it’s also a city full of culture. Las Vegas is host to numerous museums, with some taking unique approaches on how they display and present materials. When you want to get around Las Vegas and check out more than the casinos, consider visiting some of the museums. I’ll start with my favorite, The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Years ago I saw a great Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit here.

Image Courtesy of The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Image Courtesy of The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art


The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has world-class exhibits from both international museums and private collections. Some exhibits that have been on display in the past have included masterpieces from Monet, celebrity portraits from Andy Warhol, Faberge pieces from the Kremlin, and more.

Auto Collection at the Quad

Automotive enthusiasts will love the Auto Collection at The Quad, formerly known as the Imperial Palace.  It features 300 classic cars that includes race cards, muscle cars, and more.  There are also many military vehicles here as well.  If you have the bankroll to afford it, you may be able to take a car home with you.

Pinball Hall of Fame

One of the more unique museums in Las Vegas is the Pinball Hall of Fame.  Here you can play hundreds of classic pinball machines and other coin operated games from decades past. This is a fully interactive museum, so make sure you bring a couple rolls of quarters for the games.

The Mob Museum

For those that love the history of organized crime in old Las Vegas, you need to take a trip to The Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas.  Don’t expect a Hollywood approach to life of the old school Vegas mobster though. Instead you will have a realistic look into the life of both the mobsters that ran the town and those that worked to run them out.

The Discover Children’s Museum

The Discovery Children’s Museum is a place where kids can learn about the world around them by becoming part of the lesson.  Over 100 interactive exhibits will teach kids about history, science, the arts, and much more in a fun environment that has been recently moved to the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center.

Bodies – The Exhibition

For those that love anatomy or want a truly unique museum experience, try out Bodies The Exhibition at the Luxor. This exhibit would be a med students dream with live body and organ specimens from around the world. Learn about the human body by actually studying the human body, both inside and out.



Every time I walk through the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC I make it a point to walk past Pierre-Auguste Cot’s painting, The Storm (1880). It’s never absent and always hanging in the European paintings hall next to a couple other 19th century romantic paintings. This was my grandmother, Ann’s favorite painting. I remember our trips to the MET fondly and she always made it a point to walk down this hall and point out her favorite painting to me even though I already knew that it was. She passed away more than 10 years ago but whenever I see The Storm, I see her.

It is said to portray the Greek romance of Daphnis and Chloe. The looks on their faces tell such a complex story- romance, fear and excitement?

But my favorite part of the painting is the dress that seems to be running with them- flowing in a naive yet seductive way.

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