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Nevada Museums

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Central Nevada Museum

The Central Nevada Museum occupies a unique place in the retelling of the annals of the West. The famous, not so famous, and infamous, all left their mark in central Nevada: film mogul and industrial magnate, Howard Hughes; prizefighting promoter, George “Tex” Rickard (who built Madison Square Garden); the founder of United Parcel Service (UPS), […]

Churchill County Museum

The Churchill County Museum has a series of long term exhibitions that reflect key themes in the history and prehistory of the community.  A series of period rooms show changes in the material culture of Churchill County over time. A major exhibition interprets for visitors an authentically recreated tule home, constructed with reeds.  The travails of pioneers through […]

Cookhouse Museum & Visitor Center

The Battle Mountain Cookhouse Museum celebrates this resilient town, preserving regional history with artifact displays, educational presentations and traveling cultural exhibits. A one-room historical library and center for many events — like the local wine walks — makes the old cookhouse from the 25 Ranch a nice place to mosey into, right off Interstate 80 […]

Ely Art Bank & The Cuchine Collection

When it opened in December 2013 it was welcomed as a gallery in an art-rich community, and two steps through the door demonstrates how well it has succeeded — paintings, photography, work in other media, enclose the space in the art of White Pine county. And as a popular attraction to the traveling public — […]

Ely Renaissance Village

The Geraghty property was six small antiquated houses overgrown and untended when the Ely Renaissance Society bought it and began its transformation into the intriguing and inviting Renaissance Village in northwestern Ely. These small houses have been restored to showcase the ethnic cultures of the people who settled here, nine unique museums depicting the turn […]

Humboldt Museum

Just above the site where thousands of wagons forded the Humboldt River on the long trek to California, sits the Humboldt Museum, overlooking Winnemucca, a town of about 7,500 people these days. The campus and main building command striking views of town, the Humboldt River, and the Sonoma Mountains. The modern brick building mirrors its […]

Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art is the only art museum in Nevada accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). A private, nonprofit organization founded in 1931, the Reno-based institution is supported by its membership as well as sponsorships, gifts and grants. Through its permanent collections, original exhibitions and programming, and E.L. Cord Museum School, […]

Nevada Northern Railway

A historic passenger railroad features train rides pulled by century-old steam engines, with rolling stock, track, passenger station, and buildings that served the historic copper mining region of Central Nevada for over a century. Plus hundreds of Hands-On-History events year around for railfans, explorers, historians, and adventurers.

Nevada State Museum

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 […]

Nevada State Railroad Museum

The 19th century locomotives, tenders and cars on display are so enormous, so painstakingly restored and so immaculate that they loom like huge sculptures, idealized forms rather than working machines. That’s not a criticism, quite the opposite: the effect is powerful. And besides, the museum maintains a busy Operating Schedule for motorcar and steam trains […]

Nevada State Railroad Museum

To build Boulder Dam, the Union Pacific Boulder City branch went into service in February 1931. The Union Pacific hauled freight until 1985 when the right of way was given to the State of Nevada to preserve it. The Nevada State Railroad Museum is at the end of the line.

Northeastern Nevada Museum

This exceptional museum offers visitors a look into the rich history of northeastern Nevada. It features a large collection of firearms, over 40 exhibit displays on the history of the area, animal habitat dioramas, and much more! Rare fossils from an American Mastodon are displayed in a replica dig site, and there are several exhibits […]

Oats Park Art Center

Fallon is a pleasant little city, the Churchill County seat, a grown up farm town with a Navy Base next door and this jewel within. The Churchill Arts Council brings arts events to Fallon, Churchill County and Northern Nevada. For more than two decades, it has enriched the cultural and social life of Northern Nevada […]

Thunderbird Lodge, Lake Tahoe

More than 10,000 visitors experience the George Whittell Estate each year, Nevada’s only National Historic District at Lake Tahoe. The Estate’s public tours and educational programs offer a window into the region’s past: Native American, westward expansion, Anglo settlement, lumbering, mining, railroading, maritime transit, rusticating, tourism, casino gaming, conservation, real estate development, environmental activism and […]

Virginia & Truckee Railroad

The Virginia & Truckee Railroad offers 7 daily historic narrated steam or diesel train rides through the steep and scenic mountains of Virginia City to Gold Hill and back. Virginia City was “The Richest Place on Earth”, a metropolis built on top of one of the largest deposits of silver and gold ever found, forever […]

Western Folklife Center

Our nonprofit Cultural Center embraces an exhibition gallery, 300-seat theater, 20-seat blackbox theater, historic saloon and gift shop. Our Vision: Explore and give voice to traditional and dynamic cultures of the American West. Our Mission: Use story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.

White Pine Public Museum

Ely has become known as the “City of Murals”.  Thanks to the efforts of the Ely Renaissance Society, the Museum received the first mural in Ely, painted in the year 2000.  The $20,000 mural titled the “4th of July” was painted on the outside of the main museum building by Colin Williams. Step Back in […]

Beatty Museum & Historical Society

The Beatty Museum gives visitors the opportunity to explore and interact with the Museum’s collections. Local history comes to life with Historical Artifacts and Archives taking you back in time.

Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum

The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum tells the story of the Boulder Canyon Project as it was experienced by the men and women who braved the desolation of the southern Nevada desert to build Hoover Dam and Boulder City.

Buckaroo Hall of Fame

Housed in Winnemucca’s downtown Visitor Center this Museum honors 70+ hard riding 19th and 20th century Buckaroos. Displays show traditional working gear like chaps, riatas and saddles, along with paintings, sculptures, photos and drawings. Admission is free and includes a separate Museum of Sheep and Goats of the World.

Burlesque Hall of Fame

The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the world’s premier organization dedicated to preserving the living legacy of burlesque as an artform and cultural phenomenon.

California Trail Interpretive Center

Between 1841 and 1869, up to 250,000 people sold their belongings, packed wagons, and set out for California. The California Trail Interpretive Center offers dioramas and interactive exhibits that immerse visitors in the experience of enduring the 2,000 mile trek. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Carson City Fire Museum – Warren Engine Company #1

The purpose of this museum is to preserve, collect, record and exhibit the artifacts and history of the fire companies and departments of Carson City and Ormsby County.

Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center

The Douglas County Historical Society seeks to enrich lives by preserving and collecting local history and making it accessible to our communities and visitors.

Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada

The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, Inc. is a play-based learning environment dedicated to offering unique and innovative hands-on learning adventures in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, providing the joy and wonder of discovery to children and families from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Clark County Museum

The museum’s Exhibit Hall takes visitors from the Ice Age to Age of Entertainment. The Heritage Gallery features art and artifacts in historical context. Enter homes from the 1910s to the 1970s on Heritage Street, walk the Ghost Town and Mining Trail, explore the Boulder City depot and railroad cars.

Comstock Firemen’s Museum

The mission of Liberty Engine Co. No. 1/Comstock Firemen’s Museum is to preserve, display and interpret firefighting apparatus and artifacts, and present the rich history and heritage of firefighting in Storey County with primary emphasis on Virginia City and Gold Hill, and the impact on life and culture in those communities and the state.

Comstock History Center

The history center and museum houses Virginia and Truckee Railroad Engine No. 27, the last locomotive acquired new by the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. It pulled the last commercial train for the V&T on May 31, 1950. The center is also the headquarters of the Comstock Historic District Commission and the Comstock Cemetery Foundation.

Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum

Guardians of the western tradition – preserving the heritage and craftsmanship of the cowboy of the American West.

Dangberg Home Ranch

The mission of the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch is to protect and share the resources of the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park to promote understanding of Carson Valley’s agricultural history and to provide arts and cultural opportunities as a public park.

Dayton Museum

Our historic Museum is located in Dayton’s 1865 schoolhouse. Dayton is where gold was first found in Nevada, and it became a major milling center during the Comstock boom. Pick up a walking tour to explore our historic cemetery, the remnant wall of the Pony Express Station, and much more.

Discovery Children’s Museum

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is a place of exploration – where children and their families can immerse themselves in a vibrant, engaging learning environment with the sole purpose of igniting a love of lifetime learning through fun, experiential activities and programs.

East Ely Railroad Depot Museum

The historic Nevada Northern Railway Depot was completed in 1907 and has been restored to its original appearance.  The 2nd floor exhibits include the history of the railroad and the mine it was built to serve.  Original furnishings and interpretive panels allow each visitor to experience significant milestones in the history of eastern Nevada mining, smelting, and railroading […]

Erotic Heritage Museum

The Museum is dedicated to the preservation of great erotic heritage that is typically undervalued, yet is of tremendous importance. Our sole purpose is to perform educational, scientific, and literary functions relating to sexual, emotional, mental, and physical health.

Eureka Sentinel Museum

The Eureka Sentinel Building a block west of Main has been converted to a wonderful museum, with the old newspaper back-shop as it was left when the last tramp printer finally called it quits in 1960.

Fleischmann Planetarium

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is a part of the University of Nevada, Reno and encourages and increases interest, awareness, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Foreman-Roberts House Museum

The Carson City Historical Society is located at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum.

Genoa Court House Museum

The Douglas County Historical Society seeks to enrich lives by preserving and collecting local history and making it accessible to our communities and visitors.

Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

We focus on the Hawthorne Navy / Army Ammunition Depot for its on-going contribution and support of the United States Armed Forces.

Historic Fourth Ward School

Our mission is to connect people to the relevance and importance of the Comstock story through the building’s authentic preservation —it’s the last school standing of its kind today — plus interactive exhibitions, interpretive programs and its archival research collection.

Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum

The main exhibits chronicling the early history of aviation in Southern Nevada are on Level 2 of Terminal 1, above baggage claim, with others here and there throughout the airport and at other airports in the city.

Las Vegas Haunted Museum

Experience the spine-chilling vibe of the spirit world. Reality star and author Zak Bagans has turned a Las Vegas mansion into an 11,000 sq.ft. haunted Museum exhibiting pieces from haunted sites and the terrifying stories that surround them — from the “Demon House,” Dr. Kevorkian’s death van, and even the Dybbuk Box.

Las Vegas International Scouting Museum

We are dedicated to showing the influence Scouting has had on individuals, families, communities, countries and the world, and to communicating Scouting’s continuing significance to present and future generations. Home of the World Scout Bureau Memorabilia Collection and the Norman Rockwell gallery “Walking Through Time with Norman Rockwell”

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s mission is to inspire, through educational exhibits and programs, a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world, the sciences, and ourselves.

Lost City Museum

The focus of the Lost City Museum is the ancient Anasazi, the Ancestral Puebloan People who lived along the nearby Muddy River. The museum includes three exhibition galleries, a research library, and a museum store. Outdoor exhibits include a Native American pit house and reconstructed pueblos, which visitors may enter.

Lyon County Museum

In 1978 a former church on Main Street was opened as the Museum, and over the years, historic buildings were moved to the Museum grounds and refurbished, including three one-room school houses, a general store, a blacksmith shop, and the historic Hillygus Texaco station. Guided tours enthusiastically conducted by local volunteers.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Madame Tussaud’s is the World’s most famous attraction. With more than a hundred of your favorite stars awaiting, who do you want to meet?

Mineral County Museum

The Mineral County Museum is a non-profit facility owned by Mineral County Nevada and dedicated to preserving the history and culture of our past.

Mob Museum, National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement

The Mob Museum provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories, from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. Housed in the former federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas, the Museum presents an exciting, detailed view of the Mob’s impact across America.

National Atomic Testing Museum

The National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM) is a national science, history and educational institution that tells the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site and beyond.

National Automobile Museum

The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) at the corner of Lake and Mill Streets in downtown Reno has a “Wow!” factor you don’t often find in a museum. More than 200 eye-popping cars are exhibited with authentic street scenes and sounds to provide a rich and varied experience.

Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs. The campus includes the Neon Boneyard, and the Visitors’ Center inside the uniquely retro La Concha Motel lobby. The North Gallery houses additional rescued signs and is home to the augmented-reality, audiovisual spectacle, “Brilliant!”.

Nevada Historical Society

The Nevada Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in Nevada, dating back to 1904. Our founder, Jeanne Elizabeth Wier was the History professor at the University of Nevada (Reno).

Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas

The Nevada State Museum offers an interactive visitor experience that interprets the history of Nevada dating back millions of years to the present. Our mission is to inspire and educate a diverse public about the history and natural history of Nevada.

Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City

Today’s Nevada Southern Railway was originally built in 1931 as a spur line of the Union Pacific Railroad from Las Vegas via Henderson to Black Canyon on the Colorado, where construction of Boulder Dam was getting underway. When the Union Pacific Railroad sold its Las Vegas-Henderson spur to the City of Henderson 54 years later […]

Pahrump Valley Museum and Historical Society

The Pahrump Valley Museum offers a look back into history. See what life was like in early Pahrump. Exhibits include farming and mining equipment, early man, millitary and Pahrump valley history.You will also see a house constructed entirely of old railroad ties and a regional cactus garden.

Piper’s Opera House

Beginning in the 1860s, Piper’s Opera House showcased famous stars from around the world. The building was condemned in the 1920s and reopened as a museum in 1940 by the Piper family. It’s described as one of the most significant vintage theaters on the West Coast.

Searchlight Museum

Gold was discovered here in 1897 and Searchlight was bigger than Las Vegas until the railroad changed everything. The focus here is on mining history and interesting residents: Academy Award winning costume designer Edith Head, U.S. Senator Harry Reid, and movie stars Rex Bell and Clara Bow.

Silver Terrace Cemeteries, Virginia City

Cemeteries, studied, analyzed, and experienced, touch the human senses and convey a sense of place for both the past and the present. For the Silver Terrace cemeteries the evolution from cemetery for the mourner to a tourist destination has been a 150 year, sixty-five-acre, human tale of interaction with a regional cemetery landscape. Below town […]

Sparks Museum & Cultural Center

The Sparks Museum has something to appeal to everyone in the family from Railroads to Rockets. The Museum itself boasts 4,000 sq.ft. of indoor exhibit space, the oldest one room school house in Nevada and an outdoor train exhibit consisting of a steam locomotive, a caboose and a Pullman business car.

St. Mary’s Art Center

Built by the Sisters of Charity in 1876 and dedicated to artists 90 years later, St. Mary’s is a local landmark devoted to art exhibits, art classes, community events, workshops and retreats. We offer a year-round Resident Artist program and 6 galleries exhibiting emerging and established artists.

Storey County Courthouse ‘Slammer & County Museum’

If you’ve never been to jail before, this is a good place to start. the Storey County Courthouse was built in 1876, after its predecessor went up in smoke in the Great Fire of 1875. The two-tiered cell blocks, in use until recently, have been converted  into a series of displays devoted to the history […]

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

This hands-on museum is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning in science, technology, engineering, art, math, and the world around us. We’ve got The Shop, Da Vinci’s Corner, an 80-foot-long river, a gallery where it’s always nighttime, and a much more to see and do.

The Way It Was Museum

An abundant selection of rare photographs, mining and mineral artifacts stemming from the mighty Comstock Lode, vintage maps, lithographs, and many relics that tell the unforgettable story of the richest city in the American West. The Way It Was Museum proudly claims this as the most complete collection of Comstock memorabilia in the world. Popular […]

Tonopah Historic Mining Park

This unique attraction gives visitors a good look into the big central Nevada mining boom of the early 20th century. More than a look: you can touch it. You can walk right into it. More than 100 acres embrace four of the original mines on the gritty hillside on the east side of town and […]

Trail of the 49ers Interpretive Center

The Trail of the 49ers Interpretive Center and its gift/book store tell the story of the California Trail as it passes through Elko County. The Trail Center also houses the Wells Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, so you can find answers to your traveling questions at one stop.  

UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum

The Marjorie Barrick Museum is a well-known venue on the UNLV campus for engaging exhibitions and events and promotes engagement with the visual arts among a broad community including UNLV students, faculty, and staff; the greater Las Vegas community; and the national and international art community.

Verdi History Preservation Society, Inc.

The Verdi History Center at 740 Second Street opens on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, 1-3 pm; appointments can also be made by telephone. With the support of the Verdi Community Library, local residents collected 85 scrapbooks with photos and family histories and assembled several displays.

Virgin Valley Heritage Museum

The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum sits as a tribute to the pioneer settlers of the Virgin Valley. Rich with a deep pioneer heritage full of strength, devotion, hardships, sacrifice, and hope, the museum helps visitors to understand the pioneer way of life and helps them connect with those pioneer settlers.

Walking Box Ranch

Rex Bell and Clara Bow’s Walking Box Ranch had a Spanish Colonial home complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, and a cactus garden on 400,000 acres of arid land, located near Nipton on the Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. Now managed by the BLM and offering guided tours.

Wilbur D. May Museum

Our museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of Wilbur D. May (1898-1982) — truly a Renaissance man! The Museum highlights Wilbur’s adventurous life with artifacts and animals that he brought back from his many trips around the world, and with traveling exhibitions, art shows and special programs.

Yerington Theatre for the Arts

Yerington Theatre for the Arts (YTA) is a non-profit organization that operates the Jeanne Dini Center and presents performing arts, visual art exhibitions, art education programs, and cultural heritage events in Yerington. Our mission is to enrich the quality of life in our community through the arts. Come visit us!  

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