Nevada Museums

If you think Nevada’s wild now, you should’ve met it in its younger years. We’re talking Wild Western rowdiness, mafioso underworlds, atomic bomb testing, and far more. Lucky for us, wherever something intriguing happened, there’s usually now a great museum to show you how.

With cultural attractions and heritage centers tucked in all corners of the Silver State, Nevada speaks to history buffs with fascinating exhibits and stories in nearly every city and town. With impassioned docents—some of whom are direct descendants of Silver State forefathers—and stories that never left the building they came from, it’s easy to get a close-up glimpse of Nevada history while you’re here.

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Whether it’s the newest item on your bucket list or the best wrong turn you ever took, whichever corner of this state you venture to, you’re bound to uncover the kind of unexpected encounters, memorable characters, and only-in-Nevada experiences that make this place so damn special. Get your hands on stunning images, surprising stories, colorful characters, do-before-you-die events, and beyond. And just to sweeten the deal, in addition to sending you our official Nevada Magazine & Visitor Guide, we’ll throw in our swanky state map, too.

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Discover the Variety of Museums Nevada Has to Offer

From silver boom history covering the walls of the state’s oldest saloons, schoolhouses, and even jail cells in Virginia City—an entire town that’s a National Historic Landmark—to natural history delights like an 11,000-year-old Columbian mammoth at the Carson City mint-turned Nevada State Museum, all the way to retired neon signs restored to their full buzzing glory at the Neon Museum, our past is vibrant, sometimes a little rowdy, and always far from average.

Whether you’re looking to culture it up at the Nevada Museum of Art, unravel lasting threads of the Silver State story at museums in Carson City and other Capital City history epicenters, or dive into interactive exhibits that the kids—and kids at heart—won’t forget at museums in Las Vegas, Nevada is ready to teach you a thing or two. 

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While exploring Nevada’s history, you’re sure to make some of your own. Tag #NVMuseums to share your experiences with us. If we love your photo, we just might exhibit it here.

History rules (especially if it’s Nevada history!) 🙌🏻 #YelpReno 📍 Nevada State Museum

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Today we were dancing to the jail house rock 😅
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Visited the The Clark County Historical Museum out by Boulder City . 106 degrees out in NV today but that won’t stop me from getting out and enjoying life !
The Neon Sign Museum in Las Vegas was amazing! So cool to see so much history. They have over 200 signs!
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🚙 Today’s first road trip takes to Sparks (near Reno), Nevada! 🇺🇸
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🏆 Big congratulations and a souvenir beginner’s gold panning kit go to quirk expert thepaulbunyanmufflermanproject! 👏👏
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🗺 She went in search of quirk at Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center and found Last Chance Joe! 😃
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(Last Chance Joe stands 32 feet tall. He was built in California, then was shipped to Nevada in 3 pieces by flatbed railcar. The railcar had to be routed through Oregon because of clearance concerns. ...
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... After arriving in NV in 1958, Joe happily spent the next 55 years greeting visitors at the Nugget Casino. Then in 2014, the new owners of the casino decided that Joe’s services were no longer needed. The city of Sparks eventually adopted Joe and raised funds for a much needed restoration. ...
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... Four years later, the fundraising and the makeover were complete and Joe now proudly stands in front of the Sparks Heritage Museum again greeting visitors.)
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Many thanks, Shelly Lynn, for tagging #insearchofquirk to share your fantastic fun find with ISOQ! 🕺💃
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Great news! The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, expands its operations to six days a week, starting today (Feb. 19)! The new hours are Wednesday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. https://t.co/kU95RnM4fT

#NVTourism #Railroad #trains @NVMuseums @NVRailroad https://t.co/357ZmJAeF9
Today the restrooms are still there and now so is an elevator but no stairs. We don't allow visitors to the 4th floor and one of the main reasons is that there is no fire exit from that level. It is often a disappointment that the top floor can't be viewed but it is for safety regulations.⠀
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And apparently there was also atomic testing nearby? Again, who knew
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Locomotive 93 steaming into the weekend a few Fridays ago in Feb 2020, back before the world changed 🤦🏼‍♂️ 🚂🚂🚂 Dev&Scan by @thedarkroomlab .
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Welcome to Nevada, @USTravel! As you make your way through today's #VirtualRoadTrip, a stop by The Mob Museum to experience an eye-opening, authentic view of organized crime’s impact on the world is a must. https://t.co/5oPHiyHwhQ #TravelNevada #nttw20 https://t.co/nF7GMtVclX
Rhyolite is one of the best preserved ghost towns in the country. It was a short-lived mining success with 5,000 residents and all the modern conveniences of the early 1900s. But after just five years, the gold dried up and the miners moved on, leaving behind the dramatic empty buildings you can see today. Swipe for a glimpse of a true ghost town.

Also nearby is the Goldwell Open Air Museum, one of those classic Nevada road trip stops. Belgian Artist Albert Szukalaki made the place famous with his eerie ghostly sculptures, including this one called Ghost Rider. 
Also, Hobbes never likes to pose for photos but for some reason he seemed at home here. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Have you ever road tripped through Nevada? Did you find anything especially interesting?
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