Clark County Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway
Henderson, NV 89002
Vegas4Visitors Grade: A
At a Glance
What is it?
A large museum chronicling the history of Las Vegas and the surrounding area.
Where is it?
In Henderson on Boulder Highway, about a 25-30 minute drive from The Strip.
Is it worth the cost?
It’s only $2, what are you? Crazy? It’s absolutely worth it. Even those of you who wouldn’t consider a museum will probably enjoy this one.
What else do I need to know?
You’ll need a rental car or cab to get here – it’s quite far from The Strip.
What’s the bottom line?
Get out of the casino and try something different.
Believe it or not, Las Vegas is about a lot more than just slot machines and showgirls. The area has a rich history, some of it quite illicit, but most of it made up of stories of hard-working people who wanted to build a better life so they moved west and settled in the shadow of the neon lights.
The Clark County Museum is a testament to the area with a host of fascinating and immersive exhibits. There is an an indoor hall that traces the region’s evolution from the ice age to the glitz and glamour of The Strip. Not all of the history is happy – eventually this is where you’ll be able to see the memorial exhibits that sprung up around the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign in the wake of the October 2017 mass shooting on The Strip.
Outside you’ll find Heritage Street, a collection of lovingly restored houses, businesses, a train depot, and more. You get to walk in and out of the buildings and get a feel for Vegas before it was taken over by massive casinos and hotels. The train depot comes with a collection of vintage rail cars to explore as well.
They also have a ghost town and mining nature walk that can be fun if it’s not too hot. Hint, avoid this place on summer days – go when it’s cooler and you’ll be able to experience more of it and enjoy more of it.
- Nevada History Museum