Comfort Inn & Suites Las Vegas - Nellis
4375 E. Craig Road
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Phone: (702) 982-6700
Fax: (702) 982-6701
4375 E. Craig Road, Las Vegas, NV, US, 89115
- Phone: (702) 982-6700
- Fax: (702) 982-6701
Arts & Museums
This excellent planetarium offers special movie programs with titles such as The Explorers and Sky Watch. The screen features an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 3 hemispheric video projection system that creates virtual realities on the dome surrounding the audience. After night the telescopes at the student observatory will be available for viewing, depending on weather conditions.
This museum displays authentic protective gear from above-ground nuclear tests, photos, models and a wealth of information about the 928 above- and below-ground tests conducted in Nevada from 1951-1992. Volunteers who worked at the Test Site during the blasts are very willing to share their experiences with visitors. A gift shop has T-shirts with mushroom clouds, coffee cups, postcards, videos and the biggest seller, earrings in the shape of Little Boy and Fat Man, the names of the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Car enthusiasts rejoice! At the Carroll Shelby Museum, you can take a peek inside the shop that creates automotive legends. During a guided tour, you'll get to see classic cars on display with a history of these vehicles from your tour guide. Learn about the Cobra, as well as Carroll Shelby's life and legacy. The sleek cars in the museum are a blast from the past, and will make you wish you were around in their heyday. Make your way to this museum for fun day out in Vegas. Ready, set, go!
Before Bugsy Siegel made it to town, the Mormon Church created this tiny settlement in 1855. It boasts the oldest European-American building in Nevada. The site was purchased by the State of Nevada in 1990 and restored as a state park. Tours are now available that outline the harsh life that the first settlers endured. The old fort was once a rest stop for those heading to California to seek their fortune during the gold rush. This section is also a part of the Cultural Corridor that lies close to the University area. No credit cards are accepted.
The past is alive in this museum. You'll find everything from fossils to an animated 35-foot (10.6-meter) Tyrannosaurus Rex right out of the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. As for more modern monsters, there is a 3,000-gallon (11,356-liter) aquarium with sharks that seem to be waiting for dinner. The learning process is enhanced with multimedia and hands-on displays, as well as live and mounted animals. One of the most popular displays contains live insects, including giant cockroaches.
The Mob Museum is located in what used to be a courthouse. Built in 1933, it was one of the 14 courthouses in the nation to hold the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. This makes it a perfect backdrop for The Mob Museum, an authentic view of the mob's impact on Las Vegas history. The Mob Museum presents the story from the perspective of both the organized crime syndicate and law enforcement. Visitors get to be part of the action through theater presentations and interactive environments. Visitors can shoot a simulated Tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and take part in FBI weapons training. The museum can also be booked for private events.
The subject matter of this museum may seem strange, but it is executed very well. At the Burlesque Hall of Fame, you'll find costumes, props, photographs, and other items relating to burlesque and its development through the decades. On the walls, black and white photographs featuring women in feathery, bejeweled, and fringed costumes can be seen. It features permanent exhibitions and temporary ones as well.
Take an old hospital, throw in a few boutiques, galleries, production companies, a yoga studio and a coffee shop, and what do you get? You get Emergency Arts. Described as a creative collective, Emergency Arts is located in what used to be the Fremont Medical Building on Fremont Street. Patrons of Emergency Arts have described it as funky, quirky, offbeat, and just plain fun. There is nowhere else in Las Vegas where you can get your hair done, grab a bite to eat, browse art by local talent, shop for vinyl records, listen to poetry and take a yoga class all in one place. -Amy Tjaden
Since 2003, the Southern Nevada Museum of Art has been unwaveringly dedicated to presenting, preserving and showcasing contemporary artists from the local area, the rest of the country, and from across the globe. Privately funded, the museum boasts an exhibit space of 20,000 square feet (1858 square meters), comprising three separate galleries. Besides exhibiting art and artists, the museum also aims to increase an awareness about fine art through various programs and cultural events.
The Dust gallery is one place that perennially displays creations of various artists. The gallery not only puts up the works of local artists but also of those from other cities and towns. The works that one may usually find here are paintings, sculptures and photographs. Artists featured here include Angela Kallus, Shawn Hummel and Rob Wynne. A visit to the Dust is recommended if you dwell on art.
Although known as the casino capital of the world, Las Vegas also presents subtler options for recreation within the city. Visit the Downtown area and you can witness some of the marvelous contemporary paintings—both by well-known and amateur artists. Smallworks Gallery is more like a collective effort to present contemporary art in a new light. With spectacular exhibits from artists like Barbara Kasten and James Stanford, this gallery is a pleasant deviation from the usual hullabaloo of the city.
One of the many galleries located in the Arts Factory, Trifecta houses works of various artists from around the country. Fine and contemporary art coupled with jewelery design form a large part of what's on offer. Monthly events devoted to a particular artist provides each one of them to have their works under the spotlight. The works on display are also for sale. The Art Shop features some funky design-work on foodstuffs and petals.