Far southeast of the Strip in suburban Henderson, where the interstate heads into the dusty desert, this gem of a little museum is worth a wander if you’re a fan of vintage Vegas. Inside, hand-curated exhibits take you on a trip through time from the valley’s indigenous peoples, including the Paiute and Mohave tribes, to the evolution of Las Vegas as a gambling mecca and the quickie wedding (and divorce) capital of America.
Out back on Heritage Street, it’s a hoot to walk inside the historic wedding chapel, a motor court cabin, an Airstream trailer and Nevada family homes, all authentically restored to different decades of the 20th century. Learn about the folks who came to build Hoover Dam and work at WWII military bases and munitions factories. Across from Heritage Street, a Union Pacific railroad station from Boulder City stands next to a 1918 steam engine and a caboose.