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West Covina, California
May 11, 2004
They had three or four distinct galleries with wildlife exhibits. One of the first you encounter is the dinosaur exhibit, which features several animatronic dinos roaring and posturing at each other. Another gallery featured animals of Africa, while yet another featured the wildlife of the local region. There was also an exhibit featuring sea life, as well as a nice display on the evolution of man from his very earliest beginnings.
Just next door is the Mormon Pioneer Park. This is the location of the first settlement of Las Vegas in 1855 by the Mormons. It is only now being restored to what is was back in 1855. Even though there is not much there as yet, they do have lots of history about the original site and founding of LV. If you like history, you would like this park.
We also visited the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, which has permanent displays featuring earth sciences, biological sciences, and the regional history of southern Nevada. There are also temporary exhibits from time to time. While we visited, one such display featured some of the historic signs saved from LV’s past called Neon Unplugged.
One other museum we visited was the Lost City Museum in nearby Overton. This museum exhibits artifacts being excavated from the Pueblo Grand de Nevada, which was a series of Anasazi Indian villages and sites.
There are other museums in and around Las Vegas both on and off the strip. Which one(s) you go to is just be a matter of personal choice and, of course, time.
From journal Las Vegas--Disneyland for Adults
March 29, 2004
From journal Other Attractions in Vegas