Museums - History
The story of Nevada is a fascinating one to hear, with ancient Native American tribes, the Comstock mining boom and good old-fashioned gaming all playing essential roles. Today, visitors can get a first-hand account of the Silver State’s rich heritage at museums scattered statewide. From restored schoolhouses and drugstores to preserved fossils to authentic mining tools, artifacts and more, museums in Nevada hold treasures beyond compare.
With flagship institutions of the Nevada Division of Museums in both Las Vegas and Carson City, remnants of the Silver State’s natural and cultural past are certainly alive and well. In the state’s capital, visitors can explore authentic recreations of mines and ghost towns and see the Carson City Mint’s original Coin Press No. 1. In fabulous Las Vegas, stand among towering fossils and recreations of the prehistoric monsters that once roamed the landscape or have a look at the watch once worn by the infamous Al Capone. But don’t forget to tour the rest of the state’s historic museums for a revealing look at so much more.
Catch a truly fascinating glimpse of the early inhabitants of the Mojave Desert at the Lost City Museum in Overton, or learn about the amazing history of the Hoover Dam at the Boulder City Museum. Get an in-depth look at Nevada’s once-prevalent buckaroos and its undeniable western roots in towns like Winnemucca and Elko, tour what may well be the last Second Empire school of its size still standing in the entire country in Virginia City, and unearth the fascinating individual histories of regions all across the Silver State. From tiny local museums packed with amazing finds to sprawling institutions filled with exhibits, Nevada’s museums are as varied as the landscape. And no matter which part of Nevada’s history appeals to you – the Comstock, early inhabitants, prehistoric creatures and so much more – our museums are your ticket to discovery.