Thursday, March 12, 2009

Henderson Space and Science Center

The city of Henderson, NV, a bedroom community just outside of Las Vegas, was the fastest growing city in the nation a couple of years ago. Not so much now, but that is not stopping the Henderson City Council from moving forward on a new space and science center for the community.

I've been aware that the City of Henderson was interested in building a new museum of some sort for a couple of years now, ever since they first announced that they were looking for consultants to help guide them in the shaping of the new museum. I will continue to watch this project with great interest. First, because I happen to have family in Henderson, but also because, well, there is an extensive museum complex already in Henderson that could use some TLC. But it is county-run and I guess the city really wanted a museum of their very own.

Most people might not think of museums when they think of Vegas, but there really are quite a few already and the area seems committed to growing its museum population. Along with the Clark County Museum, the Liberace Museum, Nevada State Historical Society, Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Atomic Testing Museum--not to mention the exhibition spaces on the Strip in the casinos: the Fine Art Gallery at the Bellagio and the Titanic and Bodies exhibitions in the Luxor--there is now the Neon Museum and soon there will be the Mob Museum and, of course, the Henderson Space and Science Center.

I jotted down these thoughts on the Clark County Museum and the Atomic Testing Museum about a year ago.

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