Las Vegas is a lot of things to different people. While many enjoy the traditional Vegas vacation of eating, drinking, and gambling there are others looking for more. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace are a testament to those looking for something beyond the typical trip to Las Vegas. Yeah, the Forum Shops are a mall. However, this is one of the busiest malls in the country and it’s connected to one of the most popular casinos in the world – Caesars Palace.
The Caesars Palace Forum Shops come in handy for many reasons. The restaurants and bars offer fair prices for drinking and dining. Check out some of the Happy Hour deals if you’re looking for midday drinks and snacks. There are plenty of shops for those looking to buy something nice or just something as simple as fixing an iPhone at the Apple Store.
One of the lesser-known types of venues inside the Forum Shops is the art galleries. These are a different and potentially inexpensive way to enjoy some time in Las Vegas. The galleries are free but will sell art to those looking for something special to spruce up their house.
Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery
The latest addition to the Caesars Palace Forum Shops is the Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery. The new venue brings a world-class collection of art to the Vegas Strip.
This location will be hosting curated museum exhibitions that highlight some of the greatest artists in history. The Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery will also offer collectors access to new pieces from many of today’s hottest artists.
“Everything in Vegas has to be bigger, better, and more beautiful than anywhere on Earth,” said Park West Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione. “Our collection at the Park West Museum & Gallery Las Vegas will be second to none with everything from emerging artists to one-of-a-kind paintings by Renoir, Chagall, Picasso, and more. There’s no charge for admission and we can’t wait for tourists and locals alike to experience these fantastic works of art in person.”
1,000 Pieces Of Art Every Day
The Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery will be showcasing nearly 1,000 works every day. The gallery collection includes artwork ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to over one million dollars.
Visitors will see original masterworks created by artists such as Salvador Dali, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pablo Picasso. Park West says they currently have the largest collection of Picasso’s ceramic works on display “anywhere on the planet.”
In the gallery collection, guests can browse the large selection of art for sale and even take home original works by famed artists like Peter Max, Mark Kostabi, Nano Lopez, Kre8, or Las Vegas native Michael Godar.
More Art At Caesars Palace Forum Shops
The Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery joins a handful of other art galleries inside the Caesars Palace Forum Shops.
- Carnevale Gallery
- Disney Fine Art Gallery
- Kush Fine Art Gallery
- Lik Fine Art
- Martin Lawrence Galleries
- Modernist Cuisine Gallery
The art galleries aren’t only for art aficionados. The galleries inside the Caesars Palace Forum Shops make for a great escape from the summer heat. Altogether there are 149 retail shops, art galleries, and restaurants inside the mall at Caesars Palace. Visit the Forum Shops for a complete list.
Bellagio changes the display in the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens five times a year. Most of the displays are similar to prior years. The current display may be similar to previous years but the overall theme changes annually with the calendar. Guests can now experience “A Season of Love” at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Lunar New Year display is open through Saturday, March 6.
Each piece in the Year of the Ox display is designed to represent prosperity, strength, and tenacity in the new year. The exhibit honors the year taking inspiration from Asian art, architecture, and culture.
“This beautiful Lunar New Year display is specially designed to honor the Year of the Ox, focus on love and evoke inspiration in the new year,” said Designer Ed Libby. “This year, perhaps more than ever, we can all use an added dose of inspiration and love.”
The Lunar New Year display features four scenes. Each section of the Conservatory is layered with meaningful floral creations that convey messages of love for nature, commitment, tradition, children, and travel. The “A Season of Love” display was detailed and designed with Feng Shui. If you’re not familiar this is the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance, and positive life energy.
Let’s take a tour of the “A Season of Love” Lunar New Year display at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
This is where guests will enter the Conservatory. Visitors will be greeted by two large Chinese Foo Dog water fountains. These are designed to ward off negative energy and welcome a positive new year.
This section of the garden features a colorful bird perched on top of a new peony sculpture sitting next to a wooden gazebo. There are large jade medallions that were created with 3D printers. These medallions are suspended over the flower bed symbolizing prosperity, good luck, and success.
The West Bed is the centerpiece of the Lunar New Year presentation. This section features a majestic Jade Pavilion that has a Bonsai tree and a graceful willow tree to either side. Both tower over a flower bed filled with a selection of shrubs, dozens of metallic cattail plants, and copper Bonsai tree rain fountains. Each feature here has individually hand-stamped leaves.
Don’t forget to look up! There are two magpie birds above the bed’s floral arrangements. All of this is illuminated by the Ox symbol in the moon.
The East Bed is the ¾ mark of the walk through the Lunar New Year display at Bellagio. While not the “centerpiece” this may be the highlight for many visitors. There are two golden Oxen standing atop a red and gold bridge running the length of the bed.
Traditionally, the Ox is known to be diligent, trustworthy, and strong. This symbolizes the strength to overcome any challenges in the new year. We could all use this in our lives right now.
There are oversized gold cherry blossom branches above the East Bed. These represent durability as well as rebirth. Bamboo trees placed at each end of the bridge and a pond filled with beautiful oversized Lotus flowers complete the scene.
We all have different tastes but this is probably my favorite part of the Lunar New Year display.
The North Bed pays tribute to children and travel. Guests will find a tall flower Pagoda before exiting the display. This is a temple iconic to east and southeast Asian cultures. It sits at the center of the bed surrounded by Banyan trees and flowing water.
There are red lanterns hang from the ceiling while children created from fresh-cut flowers celebrate the blessings of the new year below. The highlight of this section might be the oversized Koi fish that leaps from the water. This represents the promise of good fortune in the coming year.
If you have ever wondered what goes into setting up the display, this video should help:
The #YearoftheOx has made its way to our Conservatory! Watch as the sights, colors and sounds of a #LunarNewYear celebration come together in "A Season of Love." https://t.co/IiUhmyTrO5 pic.twitter.com/fVpSPHO8Qv
— Bellagio Las Vegas (@Bellagio) January 20, 2021
In December, MGM Resorts announced a unique partnership for visitors driving to its casinos from Arizona, California, and elsewhere. The Vegas Strip casino operator has a multi-year agreement with a company called Fuelster. If you’re not familiar with Fuelster, it’s a company that provides contactless fuel delivery to automobiles.
Wynn Resorts recently announced the debut of Wynn Rewards in Las Vegas. The loyalty rewards program replaces Wynn’s Red Card loyalty program. While this is new to Las Vegas, Wynn Rewards was rolled out earlier in 2020 at Encore Boston Harbor. The program now works at casinos on both sides of the country. In a press release, the company says that Wynn Rewards “offers the finest rewards at the world’s largest Five-Star resort, presenting members with an unmatched level of personalized offers and experiences.”
I was recently speaking with some friends considering a trip to Las Vegas in 2021. They’re generally a little cautious about spending a lot of time inside public places. With that in mind, I’m going to look at some things they, or someone like them, can enjoy in Las Vegas.
The Block 16 Food Hall at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas continues to evolve. Pok Pok Chicken recently closed all of its locations in the US. It will be replaced by Bāng Bar from chef David Chang. More on that shortly. I want to look at the food hall as a whole because it offers some of the most affordable dining options at the Cosmopolitan.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed Las Vegas in many ways this year. One of the most noticeable differences for visitors is the lack of entertainment. Sure, visiting a casino that isn’t full of people enjoying the gaming, drinking, and dining isn’t the optimal experience but those parts of Las Vegas can still be fun – albeit a different kind of fun.
Circa Resort and Casino in downtown Las Vegas is completely open. We’ve covered the progress of this new downtown Vegas casino from the initial announcement to the halfway point of construction to the casino opening in October. Now the hotel tower and Legacy Club openings. After two years entire Circa Resort and Casino is available for guests to stay, play, eat, and drink.
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden is one of my favorite free attractions in Las Vegas. You probably know that if you read this blog often. Well, the holiday display is my favorite of the year at Bellagio. It’s beautiful, uplifting, and puts me in the holiday spirit. The display doesn’t change all that much from year to year and it’s still the best. This year the display allows guests to explore the majestic, imaginary world of Her Majesty Queen Bellissima. The theme is titled “Hopeful Holidays”.
Downtown Las Vegas will continue to evolve next year. This part of town was considered “Old Vegas” when I first started visiting Sin City. The old casinos in the area were in a bit of disrepair. Playing blackjack on tables with cigarette burns was charming but it wasn’t the kind of experience most people are looking for on vacation.
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