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Glitz and glamour? Everyone knows you'll find that in Las Vegas. But many visitors are starting to find out that the world's most exciting destination also is overflowing with arts and culture! If you're a fan of the arts, Las Vegas has plenty to appeal to your artistic side.
Start with a tour of the Las Vegas' premier exhibition venue, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, home to masterpieces from legendary artists of every era. Next door on the Strip is the art collection at CityCenter - amazing sculptures, paintings and more on display throughout ARIA, Vdara, Mandarin Oriental and Crystals.
Then head down to the Venetian and get up close and personal with some of the world's biggest celebrities at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. You can also visit the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for an intriguing collection of Contemporary Art, the P3 Gallery the only artist-in-residency program on the Strip; and, don't forget to catch a glimpse of the Las Vegas News Bureau's historic images from Las Vegas Golden Age of Glam throughout the hotel!
Downtown is by far the Mecca for arts and culture in Las Vegas. Walk through 18b (www.18b.org) Las Vegas' Arts and Design district. Dozens of arts galleries located inside and around the world famous Arts Factory, Antique Alley on Main Street and Colorado, and the neighborhoods newest attraction Art Square. There are also several art inspired lounges that are ready to serve some of the best libations in Las Vegas such as, Artifice Lounge, Bar + Bistro and The Lady Silvia. The arts and design district also plays host to First Friday Art Celebration. This monthly event features the work of more than 100 artists, including painting, ceramics, mixed media, photography, jewelry, textile arts and sculpture. More than 80 indoor arts, food, drink and shop venues open their doors and 50 outdoor artists, artisans and entertainers provide outside fun each month. It's a cultural experience not to be missed!
Also in Downtown you will find the Fremont East Entertainment District home of the Emergency Arts building, a creative collective, working to bring artists, writers, photographers, clothing designers, musicians, film-makers, artisans, graphic designers, dancers, retailers, actors, and start-up non-profit organizations together. The Entertainment District is home to a dozen amazing lounges and bars ready to show off Las Vegas Culture at its best.
For a classic art form that's uniquely Las Vegas, check out the vintage signs at the Neon Museum, or unique Las Vegas History at the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement aka the MOB Museum. While you're downtown, be sure to visit the Barbizon collection at Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art. The Children's Discovery Museum and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum's King Tut exhibit is not to be missed!
If you are looking for a more sophisticated theatrical experience The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is your place to be. Opened in March of 2012, the 2200 seat Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center is the largest Leed Certified opera house in the world. It has featured some of Broadway's most memorable shows, such as La Cage, The Color Purple, Million Dollar Quartet and Wicked. It is also home of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet Theater. There is also a more intimate cabaret theater for Jazz and small concerts.
For more than 50 years, Art in the Park in Boulder City has been a showcase for artwork and remains one of the largest outdoor juried art festivals in the Southwest. This annual fall event in scenic Boulder City is free and features the original artworks and live demonstrations, music and activities for the whole family.
In addition to what is happening on the Strip and Downtown, there are several museums
throughout the area that are not to be missed. The National Atomic Testing Museum delves into Nevada's important role in national security, The Clark County Museum home to the Pawn Star's famous history expert Mark Hall-Patton, The Springs Preserve is a museum showcasing the natural history of this area.
There are cultural events in Vegas year-round, so appeal to your artsy side and see more at LasVegas.com!
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