Las Vegas is often referred to as the "entertainment capital of the world". Generally thought of as a glitzy city with lots of kitsch, you may be surprised to learn that Las Vegas has an artsy side. For the artistic soul, you can find a plethora of art galleries, museums and some Las Vegas Museum and art shows.
The Las Vegas Museum of Art is the best place to start when looking for fine art. Founded in 1950, this Las Vegas museum focuses on contemporary art and engaging visitors with the culture of fine art. They have an annual Art roundup awards ceremony in July. For those looking for Vegas art shows, this is the place to find the best Las Vegas museum and fine art shows.
Another place to find Las Vegas museum and art shows
is the Guggenheim Museum inside the Venetian
Hotel on the strip. The new Guggenheim
Hermitage Museum is in a state of the art gallery where
you can find the works of the masters from the treasures
of the Guggenheim and Hermitage museums collections.
Past exhibits have included the works of Rubens, treasures
from ancient Egypt, Picasso and many others. This
is one of the top five places to catch Vegas art shows.
Admission is $14.50, a bargain in most art circles.
There are also several art galleries where you can find Las Vegas art shows, including the Bellagio Art Gallery at the luxurious Bellagio Casino and Resort Hotel on the strip. One of the finer Las Vegas art shows, you can usually find a master's work on display here. It's $15 for admission, but well worth the price to see works like Monet or Picasso. The exhibition changes, so call in advance to see which master is on display at this Vegas Art show.
Other smaller galleries have interesting and lesser known artists on display. These Las Vegas art shows are not a collection of the masters, but worth a look nonetheless. The George L. Sturman Museum of Fine Art houses contemporary artwork from many famous artists including Salvador Dali, Robert De Niro, and Henri Matisse, as well as an extensive collection of animation cels and comic strip art, African art and American art. There are several other Vegas art shows at small galleries including a collection of modern photography works at Bassett Studios, the 8000 foot Art Encounter gallery, or the Art de Vignettes which has art jewelry, mosaic glass and glass sculpture.
For the kids to see Las Vegas Museum and art shows you
will probably have to stick to the Las Vegas Natural History
Museum with their dinosaur and marine life exhibits.
Another fun Museum is the Liberace Museum shaped like
a piano and full of all the garish extravagance you expect
from Las Vegas. There is the collection of Liberace's
pianos, famous glittering wardrobe and his car collection.
Although its not fine art, it's an excellent Museum
for the children, who if under 10, get in free.
There is even the Lied Discovery Children's Museum
where kids can visit the Desert Discovery exhibition and
build a cactus or find out what it's like to lie
in the desert at night!
The list of Las Vegas
shows goes on and on but the Las Vegas art shows are
an experience not to miss. Although Las Vegas Museum and
Art shows are few and far between in the city of glitz,
you can still find something to entertain the true art
lover in Sin City.