When you visit Las Vegas, you would definitely expect to see the bright lights, hotels, and casinos depicted in the travel brochures. What you would not expect to find is art galleries, and yet Sin City plays host to quite a number of art venues.

The latest trend in the gambling mecca is for casinos and hotels to host their own art exhibitions. The Bellagio hotel is the pioneer in this regard and has a dedicated art gallery that features regular exhibitions by notable artists. This is the place to visit if you want to see paintings by Warhol, Monet and Picasso.

Another art gallery on the strip is the unassuming and slightly hidden Centerpiece Gallery near the Mandarin Oriental hotel valet at the CityCenter complex. The gallery features millions of dollars worth of weird and wonderful contemporary arts and crafts.

If you want to see an artist at work, you need to head to the Cosmopolitan hotel. They have their glass-walled P3 studio, where you can watch their artist-in-residence at work on new works of art.

Not all of the art venues in Las Vegas is on the Strip. People tend to forget that there is an actual city as well, where normal people live and work. One of the most notable art galleries off the strip is the Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada’s Las Vegas campus. They have regular rotating exhibitions of contemporary art by new and established artists.

The Contemporary Arts Center is another place off the strip where you can enjoy contemporary art and has hosted works by the best avant-garde artists for over 25 years.

In downtown Las Vegas, The Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art has a massive amount of exhibition space across three separate areas, and features works by many regional and international artists.