With its historic setting, the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center sets the stage for a walk through the past from the moment visitors arrive.
The museum is housed in what used to be the Douglas County High School, a building designed by the renowned architect Frederic DeLongchamps and built in 1915. With the help of community volunteers, businesses and organizations, the high school was successfully restored to accommodate the museum in 1995.
The Carson Valley Museum features a number of displays and exhibits that share the stories of various past inhabitants of the valley. The American Indian-themed Washo Room features amazing murals with bold colors that illustrate water, land and sky, and other interesting Washo artifacts are also on display. The Basque exhibit offers a glimpse into the lonely life of a Basque sheepherder in the Pine Nut Mountains, with a Basque tree carving telling his story. Another display at the Carson Valley Museum focuses on the early years of the area’s medical profession, while the National History exhibit features a range of animals. The popular exhibits feature The Record-Courier; Farmers Telephone and Telegraph; wild horses; Trail to the Promised Land; and Main Street.
In addition to its interesting and educational displays, the Carson Valley Museum features a gift shop. An outdoor dining area is ideal for a picnic lunch, which caps off a thoroughly enjoyable day at the museum.