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Henderson and its surrounding areas offer a lot of history. Henderson was once predicted as the "city of destiny" by President John F. Kennedy and played a major role in World War II, supplying magnesium for munitions and airplane parts from the Basic Magnesium Plant housed in the city. Nearby Hoover Dam is an educational phenomenon itself. Discover the amazing feats that were accomplished to complete this massive structure. Take time to visit some of the historical attractions that explain the story of Henderson and Southern Nevada.

 

Hoover Dam
Boulder City, NV 
702- 494-2517/866-730-9097
Visit one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Tour the Hoover Dam and learn about its inner structures and how it functions as a water resource, as well as a power plant. Standing at 726 feet high and covering 1,244 feet in length, you can't believe its enormity until you see it in person.

 

Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum
1305 Arizona St., Boulder City
702-294-1988
Following a tour of the historic Hoover Dam, browse the museum, complete with historical artifacts relating to the workers and construction of Hoover Dam. Learn the details of what it took to create this colossal structure.

 

Veterans Memorial Wall
240 South Water Street
877-775-5252
Take time to visit this beautiful attraction paying tribute to those who have fought for our country to protect the threads of freedom and democracy that are woven into the fabric of American patriotism. The only Veterans Memorial Wall in Southern Nevada honors deceased soldiers or veterans that lived in Henderson prior to 1980 and all Vietnam War veterans.

 

 

Clark County Heritage Museum
1830 South Boulder Highway, Henderson 
702-455-7955 
Explore this unique and historic museum, learning about the rich and colorful history of Las Vegas and its surrounding communities. Immerse yourself in the many interactive diplays and iconic points of interests including the 1931 Boulder City train depot and a ghost town complete with a blacksmith, jail and general store. 

 

 

Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum
McCarran International Airport
5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Las Vegas
702-455-7968
Discover how a red 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible became a unique part of Southern Nevada's aviation history by visiting this historic musuem detailing the first flight in 1920 to the introduction of jets. 

 

 

The Atomic Testing Museum
755 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
702-794-5151
Learn about the role the Nevada Test Site played in local, national and international history. Browse photographs and artifacts from the '50s and take the opportunity to enter the Ground Zero Theater to experience what the test site was like in the past.

 

 

Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park
500 E Washington, Las Vegas 
702-486-3511
This attraction allows you to experience the historic interpretation and reconstruction of those early days of Las Vegas. Get a glimpse of the first building ever built in the city and learn about its history, along with the details of the first settlers.

 

 

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas
702-384-3466
Check out animated dinosaurs, complete with children’s hands-on exhibits at this historic museum. View a diorama of Southern Nevada and be impressed by a shark exhibit featuring a 3,000-gallon aquarium. 

 

 

Springs Preserve
333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas
702-822-7700
Experience various galleries within this attraction, both indoors and out. Indoor galleries contain over 300 interactive exhibits that tell the story of Las Vegas past, present and future. Head outdoors for desert animals, nearly 2 miles of walking trails and a unique play area for kids.

 

 

Bonnie Springs Old Nevada
16395 Bonnie Springs Road, Blue Diamond Nevada
702-875-4191
Spend the day visiting Old Nevada and the "wild west" and enjoy a petting zoo and hand-feeding the animals. The old western town features live shows and shops, a saloon and historic exhibits. Train rides are available weekends and holidays and horseback riding available daily.

 

 

Nevada State Railroad Museum
600 Yucca St., Boulder City
702-486-5933
If you’re a fan of old railroads, then this is the place for you. The museum has railroad artifacts and memorabilia. Hop aboard the historic Nevada Southern Railway, as it travels on the original track used to bring supplies to Hoover Dam.

   

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