A high-art museum centering around marijuana is opening on Thursday in Las Vegas complete with a two-stories high, fully smokable glass bong dubbed ‘Bongzilla’, which is likely to be the largest in the world.
The Cannabition exhibition starts where it all began, with the seed. This seed exhibit is unlike something you’d find at your botanical gardens, this is sexy seed stuff, complete with a bed encased in weed’s earliest stages.
While Vegas is notorious for a number of pleasures, one thing the city still holds back on is public consumption. Recreational dispensaries line the strip, but smoking and vaping ganja in public is still illegal.
The Cannabition’s founder, J.J. Walker, says he hopes the exhibit gets enough attention that it eventually grows into the first museum in the world that you can light up in.
Speaking of lighting, the 12 interactive installations are lit with the social media crowd in mind, so you can share your photo-ops with all your buds on social.
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BONGZILLA: The world’s (likely) largest, fully smokable glass bong is the crowning jewel of Cannabition. This installation actually bubbles and smokes. The founders hope they’ll one day be the first museum that you can actually light-up in
Its a big hit: A larger than life joint, that actually puffs and smokes, is lit with perfect Instagram lighting in mind. It is one of the 12 buzz worthy installations
Bugging out: A giant, happy bug, looks dazed towards a row of pot plants that go from inches tall to feet high with an indoor grow-house as a picture perfect back-drop
Laughing Buddha gummy: A larger than life (faux) edible is a featured installation in Cannabition, opening Thursday
There are also several large scale replicas of edibles like a big, laughing Buddha and a giant jelly pot leaf.
Another high-point along the journey through the museum is a pool filled with fluffy foam pot nuggets that you can toss yourself into.
There is a space with taller-than-you faux buds representing different strains and another room with journalist and cannabis connoisseur, Hunter S. Thompson’s famous ‘Red Shark’ Chevrolet Caprice.
This museum in Las Vegas’ downtown entertainment district is not the Smithsonian of marijuana, but it has some educational components.
Guests get an introduction from museum guides and some graphics on walls explain how concentrates are made and the differences between indica and sativa cannabis strains.
Museums always evolve with the times to remain relevant, and audience engagement is an important goal for the facilities today, said Gwen Chanzit, director of museum studies in art history at the University of Denver.
For those who remember very traditional, no-photography-allowed museums, she said, ‘that ship has sailed.’
‘Once cellphones became ubiquitous, the culture of museum visiting changed,’ Chanzit said.
Many of the facility’s exhibits are sponsored by cannabis companies, with their logos prominently displayed. It is common for museums to receive the support of corporations and to place their logo on a wall.
Only adults 21 and older will be allowed at Cannabition. The tour is designed to last up to an hour.
One more hit from the bong: Did we mention the two-story glass bong actually works? The custom glass bong bubbles away ahead of its first guests on Thursday
The Chevrolet Caprice owned by cannabis connoisseur Hunter S. Thompson is on display at Cannabition
Happy plants, happy bug: A little critter jollily looks on a row of leafy green pot plants, showcasing various strains of marijuana
The Cannabition cannabis museum in Las Vegas is set to open on Thursday. It is perfectly lit with the social media crowd in mind
Walker, the founder, has invited reality TV stars, models and other influencers to Las Vegas for the weekend to help spread the word on the euphoric experience.
The facility – whose founder says has a goal of destigmatizing marijuana use – will likely land among the talking points officials and others use to try to draw gambling-resistant millennials to Sin City.
It will welcome its first visitors almost 15 months after adults in Nevada began buying recreational marijuana legally, with sales far exceeding state projections.
‘Our goal when people come out of this is that they don’t fear the cannabis industry if they are not believers in the industry,’ Walker said. ‘Cannabition is not about just serving people that like marijuana, it’s about serving the masses that want to learn about cannabis and or just have fun and go do a cool art experience.’