Henderson, Nevada, is not only a top destination for families; it’s a top spot for Nevada residents and visitors who enjoy spending their time exploring cultural activities. From museums to live entertainment and more, Henderson has attractions for everyone. Take a look at some of the area’s best cultural attractions.
Henderson Symphony Orchestra
The Henderson Symphony Orchestra has a mission to promote classical music and make it accessible to a diverse audience. The orchestra performs, participates in educational outreach activities, and engages in artistic collaborations throughout the year. The 2021-2022 season brings various events, including concerts for kids, conductor training, and live performances.
Alexandra Arrieche was appointed music and creative director of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Under her leadership, the orchestra has elevated the local arts scene through creative collaborations with other art forms such as dance and the visual arts.
City Lights Art Gallery
Visiting the City Lights Art Gallery will deepen your appreciation for local art and artists. This gallery showcases artists from the Henderson area and promotes arts education. Summer of 2022 brings the fourth annual Photography Show and the Pride Art Exhibit.
You can visit the 3 E. Army St. gallery in the Water Street Business District. The gallery hosts over 100 local artists’ original pieces, showcasing a gallery member each month and displaying artwork from all genres. City Lights artists’ exhibits can also be found at local libraries, City Hall, and area businesses. Spend time exploring the gallery, browsing custom jewelry, sketches, ceramics, oil paintings, watercolors, and much more.
Clark County Museum
The Clark County Museum on South Boulder Highway in Henderson showcases Clark County’s history with an emphasis on its early Native American inhabitants, such as the Paiute people. It also exhibits the area’s mining history and the impact of the railroad and gaming. The museum has several historic houses that depict daily life throughout different decades in the Las Vegas area, and it even has a recreated ghost town.
The museum sits on a 30-acre site with a modern exhibit hall that features a timeline displaying southern Nevada from pre-historic times through modern times.
The latest exhibit is a collaboration between the Neon Museum and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority archive of the Las Vegas News Bureau collection. The “Lighting Up Las Vegas” exhibit follows the stories of the Young Electric Sign Company, the people who lit it up, and the technology they used.
McCaw School of Mines
Experience firsthand what it’s like to mine at the McCaw School of Mines. It’s located on the campus of Gordon McCaw Elementary School and serves as a place where kids can learn about the history of mining and its importance to the state of Nevada. You can learn about the benefits of mining, the safety involved, and the rocks and minerals miners find in the area. The grounds of the McCaw School of Mines display some of the equipment used to mine, and there’s a large covered picnic pavilion where you can stop for a break and some lunch.
Water Street District
The Water Street District in Henderson is the perfect spot for art and culture lovers. It is a fusion of taverns, breweries, cafes, and boutiques; it also has art galleries, a theater, and a chapel ideal for family events.
Head to the Water Street District for a bite to eat, and you can choose from a wide variety of cuisines: Chinitas Tapas & Sushi, Dina’s Mexican Kitchen, and Coo Coo’s Gourmet Coffee.
Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum
You’ll find the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum inside the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. This museum is a joint venture with the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department of Aviation. Visitors can get a close look at the history of commercial and private aviation in Southern Nevada, starting with the first flight in 1920 and continuing through the years until the introduction of jet airplanes.
The main exhibit sits above the baggage claim, and there are more exhibits in Terminal One.
The Searchlight Community Museum sits in the Searchlight Community Center. Its exhibits focus on the history of the local community over the past 100 years. The name Searchlight comes from the Searchlight Mine, and mining exhibits make up a big part of the museum’s exhibits. The museum also covers the history of the desert community, its people, and events that helped make it what it is today.
Admission to the museum is free, and it’s open Monday through Thursday and Saturday by appointment.
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort
The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is a hidden historical gem and a must for history buffs. It doesn’t sit far outside the historic downtown area and is not far from the Neon Museum. This state park is home to the oldest structure in Las Vegas and has information about how the city of Las Vegas was created. Mormons from Utah set up the fort to bring their religion to the Indigenous peoples of the Las Vegas area.
Admission to the museum is just $5, and it takes about an hour to tour the park. The visitor’s center is the best place to start. There’s a short video with details about the history of the area. After the video, you can look at the artifacts housed in the center. After this, you can head outside to see the oldest standing structure in the city.
Henderson is an exciting, fun place to live and visit. While it might not have the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, it does have a fascinating history and many attractions that celebrate its culture. Enjoy some of our favorite places to visit in the area for good food and a cultural experience; if you know of a spot you shouldn’t miss, let us know at De Castroverde Law Group know. We’ll go check them out.