The Nevada Historical Society is home to the state’s oldest museum, founded in 1904 with the purpose of collecting, preserving, and interpreting Nevada’s heritage. Objects on display and the research collections represent exceptional historic resources. The permanent displays in the Shepperson Gallery cover the range of life in Nevada and the Great Basin from prehistoric Native American inhabitants to the modern growth of Reno and Las Vegas. The Changing Gallery, Hallway Gallery and Conference Room present ongoing series of temporary and traveling exhibitions dealing with Nevada and the West.
On site are a research library and artifact, photography and manuscript collections. Boxing, ranching, early saloons, gambling and casinos, Hoover Dam, the Carson Mint, atomic testing, early parades, freight wagons, stagecoaches, railroading and ghost towns are well represented.
Collections include numerous artifacts pertaining to Nevada's gaming industry such as early slot machines, gaming cheating devices, neon signage, an extensive textile collection that includes "Hello Hollywood Hello" showgirl costumes, and souvenirs produced by casinos.
The Nevada Historical Society's mission is to receive, collect, preserve, and conserve objects pertaining to but not exclusively related to the state of Nevada, Washoe County, the Great Basin region, the Lake Tahoe area, and the West as pertaining to the history of Nevada, in order to display, research, educate, exhibit and preserve the history for the people of Nevada.