Lenin Statue in the Mandalay Casino.

Giant Headless Statue Of Lenin

Field review by the editors.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Nothing spits in the dead eye of a counter-capitalist political system like standing one of its heroes inside a Las Vegas casino and cutting off his head.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), who was one of the leaders of the Soviet revolution, has stood outside "Red Square," a pricey vodka bar along Mandalay Bay Hotel-Casino's indoor restaurant row, since early 1999. An iron giant of heroic proportions, the statue initially caused controversy: was a casino celebrating a communist? So the owners of Mandalay Bay lopped off Lenin's head and spattered his decapitated shoulders and shoe tops with simulated bird poop.

Of course, Vegas is a city of heroic proportions, and Lenin is just one more minor landmark. Without his head, he's even more oblique and Sphinx-like than the Luxor Sphinx next door.

The Lenin statue's head is frozen inside a block of ice within the bar's walk-in freezer, reportedly viewable by patrons who buy the expensive stuff and ask nicely for a peek.

Also see: Another Lenin (with head) | Las Vegas - Mighty Mutant

Giant Headless Statue Of Lenin

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV
At the south end of the Strip, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, at the Red Square bar.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Wall of Body PartsBig Wall of Body Parts, Las Vegas, NV - < 1 mi.
Luxor Pyramid and SphinxLuxor Pyramid and Sphinx, Las Vegas, NV - < 1 mi.
Pink Elephant - Health ReportPink Elephant - Health Report, Las Vegas, NV - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Venus - Goddess of Couch Dances, Las Vegas, NV - 2 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Nevada

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Nevada.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

November 25, 2015

My Sights

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Nevada Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

John Dillinger Museum, Crown Point, Indiana (Nov 23-29, 2015)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Book Online Now