Cultural institutions offer unique Vegas meeting sites May 24, 2001 Share 1 -- LAS VEGAS -- The following is a sampling of museums and galleries around the city that can handle group arrangements for special events or sit-down dinners. The Las Vegas Natural History Museum explores southern Nevada's plant and animal life from prehistoric times to the present via several hands-on displays and diorama exhibits within 35,000 square feet of space.For special events, the facility can accommodate up to 200 people for a sit-down dinner in several areas, including the Marine Life room, which contains a 3,000-gallon tank filled with live sharks (not on the menu).For a buyout, groups of 500 can hold a cocktail party. Meetings of up to 40 guests can be held with classroom seating.For information, call (702) 384-3466 or visit the musuem's Web site at http://vegaswebworld.com/lvnathistory/.The Nevada State Museum and Historical Society in Lorenzi Park offers a number of exhibits showcasing biological and earth sciences as well as the history of Nevada.The facility's 1,000 square feet of meeting space can accommodate up to 54 people seated for a meeting or banquet and up to 102 for a cocktail party.The meeting room has a raised platform in front; audiovisual equipment is available.A buyout of the facility can be arranged for groups of up to 500, and an outdoor courtyard can accommodate up to 300 for receptions. Tours can accommodate up to 200 people at a time.For information, call (702) 486-5205 or access the museum on the Web at http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/museums/lv/vegas.htm.The Art Encounter gallery displays innovative works of various media from 100 artists of local, national and international fame.Groups of up to 80 can take tours of the 8,000-square-foot facility, and groups of up to 500 can be accommodated for cocktail parties and special events.For information, call (702) 227-0220 or visit the Web site at www.artencounter.com.Billed as the world's largest gambling museum, the Casino Legends Hall of Fame features about 15,000 items on display, including a wide variety of gaming paraphernalia.A series of interactive videos focuses on an assortment of historical personalities integral to the rise of Las Vegas, including builders, celebrities, showgirls and mobsters.Groups of up to 100 can tour the 6,000-square-foot facility. Cocktail parties for groups of about 50 people can be held within the space.Public seating also is available in the adjoining Legends Deli.For more information, call (702) 739-5444, or visit the Web site at www.tropicanalv.com.This information was compiled by Meetings & Conventions, a sister publication to TWcrossroads.