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National Museum Day

<p>Treehouse exhibit at Lied Discovery Children&#8217;s Museum</p>

Treehouse exhibit at Lied Discovery Children’s Museum

[History] Saturday, Sept. 29

When’s the last time you went to a museum? Answer honestly, please.

Museums always sound like a good idea — troves of cultural knowledge you want to sponge up in theory but never actually get around to.

Well, now’s your chance. Saturday is National Museum Day, a holiday to honor the underappreciated art of the curated collection. It’s also an amnesty day of sorts, where typically absent patrons can get in on the fun without judgement — kind of like church on Easter.

And now’s the perfect time to go because the Las Vegas museum scene is a-changin’.

There are a couple spots that have opened in the past year, a beloved local institution that’s moving, and a grand opening that’s in the works.

Opened in the past year are the Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve, a stunning world-class facility that charts the Silver State’s story from the prehistory to the present, and the Mob Museum downtown. Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is now showing its last exhibit before moving to new digs at the Smith Center in 2013. Treehouse allows kids to scramble through a life-size arboreal shack, learn about climate change and even design their own leafy abode. Haven’t been? Knock it off your bucket list now. Ditto the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, also located on North Las Vegas Boulevard in the Cultural Corridor that also houses the soon-to-reopen Neon Museum.

Notably, too, the Atomic Testing Museum was recently upgraded to the National Atomic Testing Museum and has a new Area 51 exhibit. And the Marjorie Barrick Art Museum at UNLV just revealed renovations last week.

Whatever your interests are — history, art, cool machines (see The Auto Collections at Imperial Palace or the McCarran Aviation History Museum) — there’s a place in town for you.