TV show comes to life in new interactive attraction

Fans of the popular TV show “CSI,” which is set in Vegas, often come here and want to see where the show is being filmed so they can get in on all the action. While some of the scenes from the show are shot in Vegas, the majority are filmed in Hollywood. That doesn’t mean you can’t still come to Vegas for a true “CSI” fan experience.

 CSI: The Experience, an interactive exhibit, will open this summer at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

 If watching “CSI” has made you long to become a crime scene investigator, this is your chance to try it out.

 Guests will learn scientific principles and real investigative techniques as they try to solve one of three crime scene mysteries. Two state-of-the-art crime labs will help you piece together the evidence. With input from investigators from the television show, guests will formulate a hypothesis, validate their findings based on scientific evidence and try to crack the case. 

 From DNA and fingerprint analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology, visitors will experience hands-on science in a multimedia environment with special effects from the “CSI” television series.

 A video introduction by cast members from the TV show will welcome guests, lead them through the experience, and then evaluate their crime-solving savvy as they exit.

 After exiting the crime scenes, guests will refer to a large wall of crime scene photos and clues they may have missed. They will then analyze evidence in two interactive lab areas that allow for various evidence testing.

 If you still think you have what it takes to be a crime scene investigator, you’ll have to present you findings in a re-creation of the office of Gil Grissom – the “CSI” head investigator – and answer a series of multiple choice questions before earning a CSI diploma.


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There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Justine Baker at 12:33 pm

    My dad is going to LOVE this! He comes out every summer and always heads over to the MGM. With this attraction, perhaps he’ll stay there next year.

  2. Ian at 11:35 pm

    What great news I love CSI and I will Definitely give it a visit when I come to Vegas in September hopefully its open by then.