As previously reported by Las Vegas Backstage Access on July 27, a CSI exhibit was being planned for Las Vegas, Crime Scene Tourism Sprouts in Las Vegas Now it’s a reality.
If you didn’t get enough of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on TV, now, hopefully, you can get your fill by trying you brain and hands at “CSI: The Experience,” a brand-new attraction to the only city where a “CSI” exhibit truly makes sense, Las Vegas.
The new interactive multimedia playground opened at the MGM Grand today, a project that took EMS Exhibits only six months and $5 million to create the 12,000-square-foot exhibit.
Budding forensic specialists can try their skill in solving one of three crimes. Each crime takes from 60 to 90 minutes to solve. Upon completion of each, visitors receive a CSI diploma.
It’s also the sort of activity that’s good for corporate team-building, because it encourages communication, says Doris Pommerening, spokeswoman for EMS Exhibits Inc. The exhibit can accommodate a group size of 45 people.
The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission costs $30 and successive visits cost $26 each until all three crimes are completed.
The gin-loving, always jovial Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman gave his classic toast and thumbs-up pose, then joined the historic ranks of Madame Tussauds’ collection of wax-recreated celebrities in Las Vegas on March 26.
The former mob attorney, who has served as the Las Vegas mayor for a decade, now is in his last term of office, had his likeness enshrined as a new part of the permanent Las Vegas collection at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at the Venetian, being part of the launch of the “Viva Vegas” group of celebrities who have elevated Las Vegas’ fame.
The Goodman statue cost $250,000 to $300,00, looked a little taller and slightly slimmer (maybe it was the Gin imbibing from the prior night?) than the real deal, who also was sporting a wilder hairdo than the wax model.
Mayor Goodman quipped during his induction that his likeness was ‘scary,’ but the wax hall of fame was an “important step for Las Vegas,” then questioned: “Is it strange to be named a celebrity when you have a fairly serious day job?”
Madame Tussauds representatives said “Viva Vegas” represents one of the most ambitious and interactive presentations in the attraction’s 10-year history. The new exhibit not only features Goodman but 26 other wax figures from Las Vegas’ storied entertainment annals, including Elton John, Bette Midler, Blue Man Group, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and, of course, Elvis Presley.