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Vegas Attractions
Have some free time in Las Vegas this year? Check out some of the neatest local attractions courtesy of

Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world's largest pinball collection, open to the public. All machines are available for play, so not only can you see them, you can actually play your old favorites!

Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace
The Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace is the auto enthusiast's dream. Featuring 350 classic cars that span more than a century, every single one is available for purchase.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Featuring exhibitions of art and objects from all over the world, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is sure to attract art lovers.

Previously on display in cities across the world including New York City and London, "Bodies...The Exhibition" showcases 21 whole-body specimens as well as more than 260 organs and partial body specimens.

Centaur Art Galleries
Known as Las Vegas' oldest art gallery, Centaur Art Galleries features fine works from the world's most famous painters, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador DalĂ­, Norman Rockwell as well as contemporary artists like LeRoy Neiman and Steve Kaufman, to name a few. Showcasing a diverse selection of paintings from around the world, visitors can easily find themselves browsing through the gallery's colorful collection for hours.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour
Ethel M Chocolates panders to the sweet tooth in all of us. And after you peer at and hear about the mouth-watering confectionaries, the tour ends in the chocolate shop for a free sample.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Marine life, Nevada's wildlife and animated dinosaurs are featured at this museum, plus a children's hands-on learning room.

Liberace Museum
Here you'll find all the spectacle "Mr. Showmanship" encompassed, from the rhinestone-studded pianos to the mirrored Rolls Royce limousine to the red, white and blue hot pants outfit.

Lied Discover Children's Museum
More than 100 hands-on exhibits in the arts, humanities and sciences at one of the country's largest children's museums.

M&M's World
M&M's World delivers four stories of colorful fun to the Showcase Mall, offering a brilliant spectrum of the candy-coated treats and various items, including everything from T-shirts and caps to limited-edition lithographs.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Madame Tussauds features more than 100 exquisite wax figures of the world's most famous stars.

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History
The Barrick Museum hosts exhibits of archaeology, anthropology and natural history of Mexico and the Southwest, plus a traveling exhibit gallery.

Nevada State Museum
The museum depicts southern Nevada's plants, animals, fossils and history from the Ice Age to modern times.

Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati
A longtime fan of the exquisite craftsmanship of Ferraris, Steve Wynn has created the ultimate tribute to the Italian carmaker with the opening of Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati.

Springs Preserve
From interactive learning stations and an indoor flood exhibit to the eight-acre botanical gardens and walking trails, Springs Preserve celebrates the colorful nature of Las Vegas.

Although the "ship of dreams" met its demise nearly a century ago, the spirit of the Titanic and its passengers live on through "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition."

Did You Know?

How did you do?
Las Vegas timeline 1960 to 1995:

  • 1964 - The Beatles arrive in Las Vegas and performed two sold out shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center
  • 1966 - Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino Opens
  • 1966 - Howard Hughes arrives to live at Desert Inn. Hughes made his first impact in Las Vegas in the early 1940's when he bought up the land that is now Summerlin to build an aircraft factory
  • 1973 - The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Opens - Worlds Largest Hotel
  • 1975 - Nevada gaming revenues first crack $1 billion mark.
  • 1980 - MGM Grand Hotel is consumed in a fire - Worst disaster in Las Vegas History
  • 1980 - Hilton Hotel fire
  • 1993 - Money won by Nevada casinos tops the $6 billion mark for the first time
  • 1993 - Dunes Hotel imploded October 27.
  • 1994 - Work begins on Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Fremont Street is permanently closed to automobile traffic on September 7.
  • 1994 - Four skywalks are built over the intersection of Tropicana Boulevard and the Las Vegas Strip.
  • 1994 - The first scheduled Condor charter flight to Las Vegas from Cologne, Germany, lands November 7 at McCarran International Airport.
  • 1995 - $25 million monorail begins running between MGM Grand and Bally's hotel-casinos on June 14.
  • 1995 - Construction begins on Steve Wynn's 46-story, $1.7 billion 3,000-room Bellagio, located at the intersection of Flamingo Road and the Las Vegas Strip.

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