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Better known for cheap thrills and over-the-top aesthetics than fine-art sensibilities, Las Vegas defines creativity in its own way. But among the outlandish resorts and high-flying circus acts exists a calming artistic refuge. Vegas' art galleries exude the personality of the city's inhabitants, often featuring rotating works of watercolors, paintings, sculptures, and photography by local artists. Museums in Las Vegas range from classic to contemporary, with new-age exhibits featuring interactive, 3D, and electronic art. There's truly something for everyone here—just look up, down, and all around. Las Vegas' architecture itself is a collection of masterpieces. Amidst the chaos of neon signs and burlesque feathers, we'll help you get a unique look at Las Vegas' lesser-known creative scene.


The 18b Las Vegas Arts District

"The heart of art and culture in Southern Nevada"

The 18b Las Vegas Arts District is an eclectic creative space downtown, stretching—you guessed it—18 blocks, home to a small but thriving community of local artists. Gallery hop among more than a dozen studios and exhibition spaces at the Arts Factory, or check local event listings to see what’s showing at the Cockroach Theater next door at the Art Square complex. Browse decades worth of antiques at Main Street Mercantile, or pop into the Buffalo Exchange thrift store to cop a vintage 'fit. If you want to leave Sin City with a whole new look, book an appointment at the Atomic Style Lounge, a retro-themed salon giving both men and women vintage style haridos. In a city with share-worthy photo ops every where you turn, the 18b Las Vegas Arts District is a must.


HeadzUP Trick Art Museum

Put yourself in the picture at this new, interactive museum featuring the biggest collection of 3D art in the US. HeadzUP Vegas is tailor-made for the Instagram age, with more than 50 large-scale 3D pieces invite viewers to climb, crouch, sit, and reach into images ranging from a troop of elephants to Albert Einstein. Make a day of it at the HeadzUP complex, which also features escape rooms, DIY art workshops, and a mashup gamed dubbed “archery tag.”


Shop the Resort Galleries

Some of Las Vegas’ most impressive art is built into the supersized lobbies and malls of the Strip’s high-end resorts. Take a break from the casinos and go on an artsy scavenger hunt among the giant, blown-glass sculptures at the Gallery at Aria, faux-Roman temples of the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, or trompe l’oeil canals at the Venetian. For art you can take home, dream about your next living-room piece at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas (Formerly Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art)

Tucked out of sight in the Neonopolis shopping complex on downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street, the Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas is a small museum offering a reflective respite from the bright lights and noise of the Strip. The carefully curated space holds rotating exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, and prints by local Nevada artists plus international and thematic collections.

Clark County Museum

Venture just outside the grit and glitz of Vegas to the Clark County Museum, a cultural complex in Henderson, NV, for a retrospective of Western life and architecture throughout the 20th century. Step inside a mining ghost town, Union Pacific engine, turn-of-the-20th-century newspaper shop, vintage mobile home, or restored barn, and learn about Native American history with exhibits on the Pueblo and Paiute people.

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Hi, I'm Madigan!

Madigan Talmage-Bowers is a writer based in Denver, Colorado. She has also lived in Italy, San Francisco, and New York City, where she studied media theory at the New School. She loves introducing her kids to ancient history, local art, hiking trails, and new foods on adventures around the globe.

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