The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum in Mesquite is housed in a historic building that has worn many hats in its nearly 70-year history. The structure opened in 1940 as a library and was converted five years later into a branch of the Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital. Before becoming the museum’s home, the building also served the Boy Scouts of America. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of just two known Nevada examples of Pueblo, revival-style buildings. Today, it houses the many collections of the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to preserving the region’s rich cultural heritage and sharing the stories of the American Indians and settling pioneers.
Before setting foot inside the museum, visitors are greeted by a Historical Marker for the Old Spanish Trail. Exhibits and displays inside the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum feature artifacts primarily from 1875 to 1935. These include the valley’s first slot machine, vintage quilts, antique wedding dresses, early telephones, a television from 1949, a collection of old photographs, a whiskey still and much more. Visitors will also find a media center, a 1920s parlor room, historical books and a walking tour of the museum’s photo collection. Both the permanent and changing exhibits at the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum do a wonderful job of offering an interesting perspective into the daily life experiences of the region’s early inhabitants.
Admission is free and group tours are easily arranged by appointment. Open Tuesday through Saturday.