On our recent trip to Las Vegas, we knew we wanted to check out CSI: The Experience at the MGM Grand. This looked exciting and challenging. The first challenge was actually finding the place. You have to walk through the entire casino down several halls to even get there.
Once you arrive, have cash in hand or you can’t pay to get into the exhibit. You will have to go back down the hall to the box office to buy tickets if you aren’t planning to pay cash. Without any coupons, the cost is $28 per person, but we were able to get a military discount. They also offer $5 off coupons all over town.
They offered to let us wear CSI vests to go into the experience, which was kind of cool, but we passed on. Your tour guide gives you the impression that he is there to help you, but instead they send you into a room to watch an approx. 3 minute video. Then after that they send you on your own to do everything else.
There are three different crime scenes set up and you get to look at only one of them. You have to pay extra if you want to come back and do the others. You are given a clipboard and a piece of paper to take some notes on about the case.
The cases are so simple that my 9-year-old could have solved them. You look at a body and take some notes. My husband and I were trying to make a competition out of it, but honestly there was nothing you could miss. The crime scene has been there since the place opened and hasn’t been updated.
You move into the next room and there are several little stations for you to go to based on which crime you are working on that day. You compare DNA, tread marks, and fingerprints. You can’t mess this part up. You also read through some text messages.
When we went it was crowded. Each station is set up for only two people at a time and we had to wait to do ours and keep back tracking to make sure we didn’t miss anything.
The last room is the autopsy which is kind of cool. It does show you on the fake body exactly what they were doing and also has a video that goes along with it. The actual medical examiner from the show does the video so that is a nice addition.
We did a similar exhibit at the Oklahoma Science Museum. It was included in price of admission and was just as good or probably even better than CSI: The Experience.
I do not recommend this exhibit. If you can get in free or super cheap, it is a fun way to spend an hour, but not worth the amount that they charge. There are so many other fun things to do in Las Vegas.
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