Learning about art can promote critical thinking, creativity, and cultural understanding. That’s why we at Crème de la Crème of Las Vegas on Farm Road prioritize art appreciation in much of our curriculum. You can continue fostering a love of art in your children by visiting local art museums and installations. Check out these five art installations in and around Las Vegas that your family is sure to love.
Omega Mart is a unique art installation/grocery store where you can view and shop for the most unique food products you’ve ever seen. Much of the fun comes from spotting items that, at first glance, look like your favorite cereal or bag of chips and laughing at what they’re actually called and used for. For example, you might find canned meat that you think is chicken but is really tattooed chicken, complete with a raw chicken covered in colorful tattoos on the can’s label. Plus, there are a lot of interactive elements throughout the “store,” too.
The mundaneness of the grocery store fades away when you enter one of the many hidden portals that lead through hallways to rooms and caverns of vibrant, colorful, and musical art. With lots of influences from psychedelic, industrial, and fantastical styles, Omega Mart provides one of the oddest experiences with art that your children will ever experience. So it’s definitely a place to visit if you’re looking to make silly memories that’ll last a lifetime.
You can find Omega Mart at 3215 S. Rancho Drive #100 located within Meow Wolf Las Vegas. It’s open every day from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Seven Magic Mountains
Take a trip out of the city into the great outdoors to see this spectacular installation that truly rocks. Seven Magic Mountains features seven 30- to 35-foot-high totems made of painted boulders sourced from the area’s desert. The stones are painted bright colors like red, orange, pink, blue, green, yellow, and purple.
Part of the magic of this installation is its location — the totems stand in the middle of rugged desert terrain in front of the beautiful, mountainous landscape in the distance. It’s this juxtaposition between natural and artificial that makes this site so special. You and your family can take a brief road trip less than 30 minutes south of the Vegas Strip and a short hike from the parking lot to the site.
Museum of Dream Space
The Vegas location of the Museum of Dream Space provides digital art that is interactive, immersive, and oftentimes magical. It’s a great place to get some fun photos of your children being part of the exhibits, a fun divergence from typical museum visits.
Throughout this gallery, you and your family can explore the vibrant and colorful lights, mesmerizing backdrops, and multi-dimensional sculptures. And since the museum is inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama, who’s known for creating infinity room installations, you may see exhibits and installations that use light and darkness to convey the illusion of space that never ends.
Find the Museum of Dream Space in The Venetian at 3327 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 2732. You can visit Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Neon Museum
Combine art and history at the Neon Museum. You can take a guided tour through the museum to see hundreds of neon signs and other forms of neon art while learning about the history of neon and its notorious influence on the city. Catch a glimpse of original sign designs and different stages of Las Vegas’s neon glory. You can also pay respect to some of Vegas’s most iconic signs that have since been taken down since the museum preserves many of them in the Neon Boneyard. This installation features more than 250 signs in different states of restoration.
Since the museum features a lot of outdoor space, come prepared to beat the heat. And, there may be some hazards like broken glass and rusty metal at the museum, so they recommend day tours for guests who are 10 years old and up. If you want to enjoy the signs with younger children, take a self-guided tour of the public art pieces that are now on display throughout the city. For example, the museum first opened by installing a refurbished sign called the Hacienda Horse and Rider that’s now at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street.
The Neon Museum is located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. S. and is open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. when the lights of the signs can shine.
Take a visit to the Cosmopolitan hotel and view the gorgeous digital art displayed in its lobby. The hotel houses 15-foot columns made of digital screens that display a specially curated library of art that changes throughout the day. The Cosmopolitan also features the Beacon, which is a double-sided 150-foot-wide LED screen situated at the top of the towering building that cycles through vibrant images you can see from miles away.
If you stay at the hotel as a guest, you can be treated to other pieces in their art collection, including murals, sculptures, photography, and mixed-media works. Other digital art you can find throughout the lobby and the hotel include intriguing narratives that display multiple odd or enticing images that let the viewer come up with a story on their own.
This artful hotel is located at 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S. and is open 24 hours a day. However, you might get the best view of the Beacon at night. The art in the lobby can be viewed at any time.So there you have it, some of the best art installations in the Las Vegas area for you and your family to visit. Have we missed any of your favorite art installations in and around Las Vegas? Let Crème de la Crème of Las Vegas at Farm Road know, and we’ll be sure to add it to our list!