Art Museums in Las Vegas
Las Vegas does have an art scene and several places that have some awe inspiring work. There are some galleries and some work spaces for local artists.
The Art Factory is located in the Gateway District. On the first Friday of every month, they have a party and showcase all the local artists work with live music, other entertainment, and live performances.
The MGM Grand took over Steve Wynn’s fine collection of art. After he built his newest hotel, the Wynn Las Vegas after blowing up the Desert Inn Hotel, he has placed much of his artwork on display there as well. Pieces such as Picasso’s “Le Reve” and Matisse’s “The Persian Robe” bring art appreciators out of the woodworks to see what else Wynn will exhibit. Wynn apparently just set some art purchasing records when he acquired some costly masterpieces.
Bellagio Hotel has a wonderful art gallery also owned by Steve Wynn. Some couldn’t believe he opened a gallery inside the Bellagio, but it has proved profitable. They thought no one would go to see this gallery but they had to relocate the gallery because of all the tourists that came through each day. Steve Martin, the well known actor, is also a collector of art and exhibits his collection here and at the MGM Grand as well. What they have is an exhibit of European masterpieces from England’s Chatsworth Manor. There is silver, gold, rare books, furniture, and jewelry on display here. It is expensive to visit but well worth the price if you are an art lover.
A different kind of art is found at the Guggenheim/Hermitage Museum at the Venetian. This is modern art form and has one of the finest encyclopedic collections in the world. Most of the artwork is about modern pop icons. This is a co-venture between St. Petersburg in Russia and the Guggenheim Museum.