Contrary to popular belief (and movies like The Hangover), the city of neon lights is more than a place to make bad decisions and fuzzy memories.

When you look past the glitzy veneer of its many tourist traps, Las Vegas is a vibrant, artistic, and truly unique city — one that boasts a rich and storied history worth taking the time to discover.

If you’re lucky enough to live here, you have endless opportunities to learn, explore, and play. Between world-class restaurants and breathtaking nature are some incredible Las Vegas museums you simply won’t find anywhere else. Read on to discover just a handful of our favorites.

The Mob Museum

This city’s history is inextricably linked to mob activity. Rather than try to gloss over some of the seedier details — or worse yet, glamorize them — the Mob Museum takes a frank and honest look at the skeletons in Sin City’s closet.

This non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving and educating people on the history of organized crime, as well as its impact on American society. The museum charts the development of the Mob and offers an insider’s perspective on both sides of the conflict.

You’ll dive into interactive exhibits and artifacts that help tell the true story; you can pull the curtain back on investigative techniques in the hands-on crime lab, or participate in an intensive police training session in the Use of Force exhibit. In all of the exhibits, one thing is clear: this isn’t your average history museum.

National Atomic Testing Museum

Long used as the site for atomic bomb testing, the deserts surrounding Las Vegas have a tale or two to tell and this museum will show you the heart of it.

Experience a simulated bomb test (no “Duck and Cover” necessary) and check out plenty of rare artifacts. You can even see a real nuclear reactor that was used in the development of the nuclear rocket and the first air-to-air missile.

Fans of the Fallout series will appreciate the kitsch and unique weapons on display, such as the Backpack Nuke and Davy Crockett Weapon System. Meanwhile, history buffs will be left awestruck by a piece of the Berlin Wall covered in celebratory graffiti.

The National Atomic Testing Museum will educate you on not only the history of atomic testing, but the effects such technological developments have had — and continue to have — on society.

Neon Museum

A true celebration of the flamboyant history of Las Vegas, the Neon Museum is unlike any museum you’ve ever been to before.

Take a guided tour through the Neon Boneyard to see the final resting ground for the city’s old neon signs. Some of these signs date as far back as the 1930s and provide deep insight into the fascinating roots of the city of neon lights.

Built to showcase more rescued signs, The Neon Boneyard North gallery is available for weddings, photoshoots, or educational visits for a totally different day trip experience in Las Vegas.

The Pinball Hall of Fame

Why spend an afternoon by yourself on the slot machines when you can visit The Pinball Hall of Fame with your family and friends?

The 100,000-square-foot space is intended to become the world’s largest display of pinball machines. You can look forward to seeing specimens from the 1940s to the present day, as well as some sports-themed machines.

With over 200 games ranging from 10 to 50 cents in price, you’re sure to spend less money and have more fun than at any of the tourist-swamped casinos! Best of all, the museum donates all of its extra revenue to charity.

It’s All at Your Fingertips

When you look just past the cliche tourist spots, Las Vegas is more than just a fun weekend getaway — it’s a place to make a home. With so much culture ready to be experienced, it’s no wonder the city is becoming a top choice among young professionals and families alike. If you are an active learner who loves to explore, you may find your perfect home amid the enthralling culture and history of Las Vegas.

Get your first-hand experience of what it feels like to live in this unique cultural oasis. Contact Sky Condos and schedule a tour of our luxury complex today.