Art and Culture – The Side of Las Vegas People Don’t Know About

While most visitors to Las Vegas very naturally get drawn in by the glitz and glamor of the world of high rollers, there is a very different aspect to the city that most people do not know about. It is a veritable hub of some of the most interesting art galleries and museums that you could experience. Here is a brief snapshot of the art and cultural attractions of Las Vegas that will make your vacation more interesting:

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art 

A regular host of internationally celebrated works of art and exhibitions, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art delights connoisseurs of art with its sheer diversity of shows. In the past, Bellagio has played host to notable exhibitions like Picasso Ceramics and Claude Monet: Impressions of Light to American Modernism. That Picasso is a favorite with Bellagio is obvious; the casino boasts of a two-Michelin-star restaurant bearing the Spanish maestro’s name tastefully decorated with ceramic works crafted by Picasso as well as a stunning collection of original works of art bearing the famous signature of one of the world’s most acclaimed artists.

The Arts Factory 

Featuring in virtually every Las Vegas travel guide, The Arts Factory is one of the most famous destinations in the 18b Las Vegas Arts District where art galleries, artist studios, and antique shops sit cheek by jowl. Visitors can get introduced to a vast array of artistic styles and media as well as poetry readings, music concerts, and stage shows that make up its busy schedule. If you are lucky enough to be in town on the first Friday of the month, you can see the place coming alive with an intoxicating and vibrant street carnival. For those wanting a preview the art in peace and quiet, Preview Thursdays are ideal.

Marjorie Barrick Museum

The Marjorie Barrick Museum offers an interesting and diverse collection of exhibits that both lovers of modern art and history will appreciate. Originally planned to be a natural history museum, it is now an integral part of the University of Nevada Las Vegas complex. The museum houses an awesome collection of ethnographic and pre-Columbian art as well as contemporary art exhibits from the College of Fine Arts. When visiting the campus, do not forget to visit the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery that features a rapidly changing schedule of local and international art exhibitions.

The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum or the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, its official name, is a museum with a difference. Set up to promote the understanding of the public regarding the history of organized crime and its impact on American society, the Mob Museum offers an authentic and bold view of organized crime in America. You can explore historical events and real stories of gangster activities though interactive exhibits and artifacts inside a former courthouse and post office building restored in 1933, which according to, is the city’s oldest standing building.


Whenever you want to take a break from rolling the dice in one of Las Vegas’ many casinos, you can pay a visit to one of the innumerable art galleries and exhibitions for an enthralling close-up with some of the best that the world of art has to offer. It is a guarantee that you will never forget this side of Las Vegas.