Austin Historical Society
180 Main St.
Austin, Nevada 89310
The tiny town of Austin is home to an impressive selection of buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with one in particular that was at one time home to the town’s quaint museum. The Austin Historical Society displayed a varied collection of artifacts in the simple stone building called Gridley Store until June of 2006, when the new, much bigger site was opened on the town’s main street during an annual festival known as Gridley Days.
The Austin Historical Society Museum features a wonderful assortment of items that share the region’s past. From the vintage furniture, clothing, aprons and quilts that offer a glimpse into the day-to-day life of the town’s earliest settlers to the antique saddles and various mining equipment that hint at the town’s booming silver rush days, the small museum has quite a bit to offer visitors. Visitors will find an original printing press from an early local newspaper and pre-Shoshone artifacts such as grinding stones. Other exhibits gathered by the Austin Historical Society include a fantastic collection of old photographs and vintage bottles.
The Austin Historical Society Museum offers limited hours daily from April through October. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
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