A picture I took of a train outside of the Clark County Museum, Boulder City, NV

Slanted Suitcase: Clark County Museum

I decided that it was high time to get out of my creative rut and take myself on an Artist’s Date. If you’re not familiar with them, then I highly recommend you get to know Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way (paid link). I will recommend that book till kingdom come, I don’t even care.

I chose the Clark County Museum in Henderson, which is about 30 minutes away from Vegas. It’s on Boulder Highway, around the corner from my alma mater, NSC. I haven’t been down that way in years, but I still remembered where to go. Funny how that works.

What’s great about this museum is that it covers all of the histories of Clark County, from when the First Nations were dominant, to the rise of gambling and mining, the atomic age, right up to the present day with 1 October. And everything in between. Lots of characters make up the background and I’m proud of my adopted hometown.

It was fun to see how much Clark County has grown over the years. I was familiar with most of it because as a history geek, I couldn’t call myself that if I didn’t have some idea, even if I wasn’t a local.

Lots of interactive displays, lots of signage to encourage you. I enjoy museums that do that, rather than those who simply want you to look at something in a display case with a big fat “no touchy!” sign. It seems so impersonal. History should be experienced if we have to distill it through a museum.

Here are some pictures I took while I was there:

The big pull of the museum is that it preserves buildings that you can walkthrough! It’s so rare to go to a museum that legitimately preserves buildings and want you to be a part of it. That – to me – is a great presentation of history, because you’re walking through someone’s home. This is especially true for Vegas.

If you didn’t know, Vegas is notorious for building things to blow them up when they’re no longer useful. Out with the old, in with the new. It’s annoying. Historical properties have their place. We should preserve them when we can. Having these buildings housed here for eternity is a pleasure that we should take advantage of.

My concern is that there wasn’t much of an Asian presence. If there was I missed it? I was comfortable with the representation of women, which is rare in some museums.

The black community got a display in the townsite home so that was awesome. I mean, white people did write a lot of the history of Vegas but that doesn’t mean the rest of us aren’t important. Representation is important.

Admission is insanely low: $2 for adults, $1 for kids and seniors. Seriously. You can come and go as you please. There are indoor and outdoor displays to enjoy. Plopped almost $100 bones on books ’cause that’s how I do. I will come here again to take people and support the museum. There’s so much to see and do that you almost need to come back a few times to enjoy it all.

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