Venetian bets on museums

Vegas uses art to attract tourists

LAS VEGAS — Topless ice dancers, Wayne Newton and … Monet?

The Venetian Resort opened two art museums in the casino complex Friday. The museums — the Guggenheim Las Vegas and the Guggenheim Hermitage — are the first affiliated with a casino.

Construction costs are estimated at $30 million on the museums, which were designed by architect Rem Koolhaas.

The Guggenheim Las Vegas tops out at nearly 64,000 square feet and will house contemporary collections starting with “The Art of the Motorcycle,” featuring 120 bikes dating back as far as the 1860s.

The Guggenheim Hermitage, a partnership with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, will display paintings from both museums within its 7,600 square foot space.

Individual admission to the Guggenheim museums is $15. How profits will be distributed was not disclosed.

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