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Every first Friday of each month, the "First Friday" celebration is held which exhibits the works of local artists and musicians in a section of the city's Downtown region now called the "Arts District".

The Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park, also known as the Las Vegas Zoo, exhibits over 150 species of animals and plants.

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is the only aquarium that is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association in the state of Nevada. It features 1,200 species and over 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of seawater.

The $485 million Smith Center for the Performing Arts, which is under construction (2009), will be located downtown in Union Park. The centre will be appropriate for Broadway shows and other major touring attractions as well as orchestra, opera and dance performances.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is a facility presenting high-quality art exhibitions from major national and international museums. Past exhibits have included the works of Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder and Peter Carl Faberge. A self-guided audio tour is also offered.

The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is the result of the partnership between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City, and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 7,660 square-foot museum has exhibited the works of such artists as Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Titian and Warhol.

The Las Vegas Art Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, has featured past exhibits by Chagall, Rodin and contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly. The museum's small but growing collection includes works by Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana and Edward Ruscha.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum features robot dinosaurs, live fish, and more than 26 species of preserved animals. There are several "hands-on" areas where animals can be petted.

 

 
 

 



 


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