The immense production of gold and silver from the Comstock mines prompted the establishment of a branch U.S. Mint at Carson City in 1866. The handsome structure on the northeast corner of Carson Street and Robinson was built of prison-quarried sandstone and produced nearly $50 million in coin of the realm until it closed down in 1933.

The old coin stamps are still inside (and still put to use to make commemorative coins for special occasions) along with fascinating exhibits of natural and social history beautifully presented. Exhibits range from stuffed animals in glass cases through a life-sized wax-figured diorama of Paiute Indian home life to the unique facsimile of a silver mine down in the basement.

Dat-So-La-Lee’s woven baskets are a national treasure. The mineral exhibits are exceptional, and guns bristle from the walls.