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MyVEGAS adds Neon Museum Reward

MyVEGAS has been adding a lot of Rewards partners in the past months. I stopped trying to keep up with all of them a long time ago, but I wanted to share a new one that I particularly like.

They now have a BOGO Admission Reward for the Neon Museum. I am a big fan of the Neon Museum. You can see my post and photos for it here. The Reward is listed under the “Uniquely Vegas” Partner category.

screenshot of the Neon Museum Reward from MyVEGAS

The Reward is only valid for the daytime on Monday through Thursday, but if this discount is the difference between you visiting the museum or not visiting it, I’d urge you to get the Reward and visit the museum. It really is one of my favorite places in Las Vegas.

A Few Of My Favorite Things

It has been difficult for me to write about Las Vegas recently. I promised some more posts about the COVID reopenings and I hope to make progress on that soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of my Las Vegas favorites (and places I hope we will be able to visit again soon) in an effort to get the writing flowing again.

Favorite Dining:

Bavette’s Steakhouse at Park MGM. When you step inside, you forget that the casino is right outside the door. The food, drinks and service are great (like many of the upscale restaurants), but what makes Bavette’s my favorite is the hidden back bar / back room. It is quieter and makes you feel like you are in a secret, special place.

Catch at Aria and Fleur at Mandalay Bay are both close seconds. The theming at Catch is over the top. Check out the entryway even if you don’t want to go all the way in for some great seafood. I’m big fan of Hubert Keller, so Fleur is a regular stop for me when I’m at that end of the Strip.

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Atomic Testing Museum

While there are many reasons to visit Las Vegas these days, there was an era when Atomic Tourism was a big draw. There would be watch parties from Fremont Street (this was long before the FSE canopy went up) to view the tests and mushroom clouds. There was even a Miss Atomic Bomb.

The Museum:

The Atomic Testing Museum lets you experience the nostalgia as well as the reality of that era.  They have displays following a detailed timeline of nuclear testing progress and treaties as well as toys and atomic themed marketing.  While much of the museum and many of the exhibits focus on the Nevada Test Site and the Las Vegas area, there is also coverage of underwater testing in the Pacific. They even have a special section at the end of the tour, detailing the impact of testing on the tribes and tribal lands.

You can experience a simulated atomic bomb test is their Ground Zero Theater. It is a full sensory experience where you can feel the earth shake just like it would have if you were in a bunker during a test.

Getting there:

The Atomic Testing Museum is located a mile and a half from the Strip at 755 E. Flamingo Rd. If you are using Lyft or Uber, I highly recommend typing in the actual address. Lyft had an incomplete address for the museum and ended up taking us miles past it before we realized the problem.

The Atomic Testing Museum is associated with The Smithsonian Institution, but there is an admission fee. General Admission is $22 for adults. Student, senior, military and Nevada resident discounts are available. Children 6 and under  are free. You may be able to get a discount if you buy your tickets at the ticket counter and let them know you took public transportation (bus, cab, Lyft). 

Atomic Testing Museum website:

Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Zamora the Torture King

NOTE: Performances are now at 9pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It is a little known fact that Zamora the Torture King has a resident show in Las Vegas. If you are not familiar with Zamora (Tim Cridland), he is a pain-proof performer and a sideshow icon. He toured with the Jim Rose Circus in the 90’s and has been featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Stan Lee’s Superhumans.

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