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Natural History Museum
If your love for animals extends beyond house pets, then a trip to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum is for you. Here you’ll see everything from a real wooly mammoth tooth and a shark jaw bone to exhibits on just about every wild animal under the sun. The Las Vegas Natural History Museum features so much information and so many lifelike replicas of extinct and present day animals that you’ll feel like you’re at the zoo.
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Natural History Museum
If we listed and explained every animal in here, you’d be as old as the dinosaurs on display! Luckily, the various rooms make exploring the museum easy. If you’re into sea creatures, you’ll learn about whales in the Marine Life Gallery and see huge whale models hanging from the ceiling. For instance, mother whales not only teach their young, but play with them too.
For faster travel, the baby hangs on to its mother’s fins as she rides through the waves. You can also push buttons to hear the sounds of a humpback whale, killer whale, pilot whale and dolphin. In this same area, there’s a pool filled with live baby sharks and sting rays. Shark feeding is Saturday at 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Just steps away, there is a wall full of fish tanks, an eel tank and a shark egg hatchery. In the Prehistoric Gallery you can read about ichthyosaurs – extinct marine reptiles similar to modern-day dolphins. One of the largest ichthyosaurs of its time, Shonisaurus (the Nevada State fossil) reached lengths of 60 to 70 feet. Most ichthyosaurs were the size of dolphins. In this gallery, see towering models of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops going head-to-head with each other. The T-Rex was known to have teeth that were up to seven inches long and sharp as steak knives. The dim lighting and menacing dinosaur roars add the perfect touch to the gallery.
Just a few steps over, there’s a kid’s corner where children can do dinosaur rubbings, learn about roles of different scientists and look for “Nemo” in the Find Nemo tank.
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