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Review of The Movie Prop Experience – Downtown Las Vegas


Key Points:

  • My first impressions were “so-so” as the attraction is dimly lit and lacks visual “wow-factor”.
  • The content itself, however, is amazing, sourced from movies you grew up with and displayed alongside info about the piece.
  • At $20 per person, The Movie Prop Experience is a rock-solid value for those who have even a vague interest in movies.

The Movie Prop Experience quietly opened in Neonopolis along Fremont Street in early 2022, and oddly, I haven’t heard much buzz about it since.

That’s typically an ominous sign as I spend more time than I’m proud of on social media in groups that revolve around Las Vegas travel tips and info.

I recall my interest being piqued when the attraction opened. While a few movie-specific prop and costume attractions have popped up (Hunger Games & Marvel Avengers STATION), this was the first dedicated to films as a whole.

Fast forward a year and a half later. I was visiting Neonopolis for an unrelated reason, rediscovered the Movie Prop Experience, and decided to snag a ticket to check it out with the intent of sharing my experience with you.

Of course, I snapped a bunch of pictures to help you decide if the Movie Prop Experience is worth adding to your Las Vegas itinerary.

A tour vehicle from the movie Jurassic Park sits in front of the Movie Prop Experience.

Movie Prop Experience Pricing

Admission to The Movie Prop Experience costs $20 for adults. Notably, kids under 12 years old are completely free.

Tickets can be purchased online with the attraction, here, or in person. If I’m being honest… Their website was a bit “clunky” and cumbersome to navigate… Just buy a ticket in person.

My Experience at The Movie Prop Experience

I showed up promptly at noon, the moment they opened, and interrupted an employee having a spirited cell phone conversation while making my purchase.

He took a brief break from his call to communicate my total and direct me to the museum, picking up on his call right where he left off.

To be honest, at this point, I’m kind of getting amateur vibes from this place and thought to myself “No wonder I haven’t heard much chatter online.

As I rounded the corner into the props, those vibes were reinforced by how the props and costumes were presented.

The room was dimly lit, and mannequins and display cases were kind of thrown together around the pathway in a style reminiscent of a well-organized pawn shop.

Essentially, mannequins, props, and costumes are lined up in themed groups on either side of the pathway. It’s not that it looks terrible, it just doesn’t blow you away from a first impression standpoint.

You’re likely thinking “This place sounds like it sucks, I’m done with this review” – Hold on a second before you “x” out.

Perhaps my idea of what displays should look like was swayed by my experience the day before at Marvel Avengers STATION at TI, which also displays movie props and costumes, but in a jaw-dropping way that creates a freaking cool visual around every corner (although I left underwhelmed by the Marvel attraction as a whole).

Here are some first-impression pictures from inside:

Several themed themed prop/costume displays along the main walkway in the dimly lit Movie Prop Experience.
Illuminated glass display cases at the Move Prop Expeirence.
Several themed displays along the walkway in the Movie Prop Experience Las Vegas.
A large number of mannequins are lined along the walkway at the Move Prop Experience wearing costumes worn in films.

That “so-so” first impression quickly started to evolve as I dug into the museum’s actual content.

Although other attractions in Vegas do a better job of displaying their items in a “theatric” way, The Movie Prop Experience blows them away with the quality, variety, and relevance of their artifacts while also communicating interesting tidbits like:

  • The specific movie or show the item was used in.
  • The exact episode it was used in.
  • Who used the item.
  • How it was made.
  • Other fun facts about the film.

While I wasn’t familiar with every movie or show they had memorabilia from, there were plenty that I had a fondness for.

Once I started bouncing around a bit, I couldn’t wipe the wry smile from my face. It was as though every time I turned around I was hit with another wave of nostalgia.

Here are a few examples of the information they provide alongside items:

Iron Man helmet illuminated in a glass case.
Helmet from “Captain America: Civil War”.
A black Beretta firearm prop used in the movie "Die Hard" in a glass case.
Prop firearm from “Die Hard”.
An open notebook showing circular scribbled drawings used in the movie "The Ring".
The journal from “The Ring”.

Notably, props came from a wide variety of shows and movies that span both genres and decades, with artifacts from shows as recent as the hit “Stranger Things” on display.

Some of the movies/shows my favorite props came from include “The Mandalorian”, “Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation”, “Hunger Games Mocking Jay”, “Lost”, “Breaking Bad”, “Titanic”, “Men in Black II”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Jaws”, “Gremlins”, “The Punisher”, “The Force Awakens”, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Batman Returns”, “Titanic”, and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” among others.

You’re going to see stuff from movies and shows you love. I promise you.

Here are a bunch of artifact images I captured while at the Movie Prop Experience:

A number of fight club props, to include a bar of soap.
Fight Club – One of my favorite sets of props.
A stone bust and a shark's head from the movie Sharknado.
Sharknado
A large alien like creature showing it's teeth.
The Alien Queen
Bust of The Penguin.
The Penguin
Batman stands next to a penguin.
The Grinch wearing a santa hat next to Thing 2.
A small furry creature from Gremlins in a glass case.
Candy bars and a hat from the movie Charlie & the Chocolate Factory in a glass case.
A collection of props from the movie Jaws.
Jaws – One of my favorites.
A large Michelangelo poses with a stick.
Creatures from the movie land of the lost which look reptilian and have big black eyes.
Thor's Hammer in a glass case.
Mannequins wearing the yellow suites that Walt and Jesse wore in Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad
A propeller and life jacket used in the movie Titanic under glass.
Titanic
A biker jacket and Jax's white K Swiss shoes from Sons of Anarchy.
A collection of props and set used items from the show Lost.
Lost
Robes and other props from Harry Potter franchise of films.
Harry Potter
A collection of props from STranger Things that include a drawing by Will and one of Hopper's beer cans.
Stranger Things
Chucky the doll stands in a glass case.

In all, the museum took me about 30 minutes to explore, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Before making my way out I chatted with the employee, who had since wrapped up his phone call, and he let me know they commonly swap items in and out making return trips worthwhile.

Uniquely, there’s also a Movie Prop Shop near the entrance which allows visitors to peruse and purchase certain set-used props.

Is The Movie Prop Experience Worth the Money?

Although my first impressions were iffy, I left feeling like I got my money’s worth and more.

What the museum lacks in display production value is made up for 10 fold by the quality of the items on display and the information that accompanies them.

Since I compared this attraction’s display “wow factor” to Marvel Avengers STATION earlier, I think it’s only fair to point out that I wholeheartedly recommend visiting this one, while I left Marvel feeling underwhelmed.

It isn’t only about making things look pretty. You need to deliver something interesting and worth seeing – The Movie Prop Experience did just that.

At $20, The Movie Prop Experience is a steal for those with even a remote interest in the subject matter. Add the fact that kids get in free, and the deal is even sweeter for families.

I’m personally excited to stop by again in the next year or so to see what’s new.

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