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The cities of Laughlin and Bullhead City on the Colorado River—and the landscape itself—boast fascinating histories that are thoughtfully shared at the Colorado River Historical Society Museum. The nonprofit Colorado River Historical Society runs the museum in what was once a Catholic church in Laughlin. There, visitors will find exhibits and displays designed to bring the area’s past to life.

An intriguing collection of photographs and maps, interesting dioramas, and memorabilia take visitors through the early steamboats that once traveled the mighty Colorado River, the eras of gold and silver mining, the area’s ranching industry, historic roads leading to and from the river and the unique culture and history of the area’s earliest American Indian inhabitants. Replicas of the area’s significant landmarks can also be found on display.

The entrance to the charming Colorado River Museum is graced by a statue of Laughlin’s founding father, Don Laughlin. Outdoor exhibits include a replica of the old Katherine gold mine and assorted mining equipment. There’s also an intricate model train display that includes mines, bridges and mountain passes, as well as a model of the motel that Mr. Laughlin purchased in 1966. With its fantastic array of exhibits, the Colorado River Museum is certainly worth a visit.


From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Colorado River Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with last admission at 1 p.m. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with last admission at 3 p.m. Because the museum is staffed by volunteers, please call (928) 754-3399 ahead of your visit to confirm hours.


There is no set entrance fee for the Colorado River Museum, but donations are appreciated.

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Southern Nevada, Nevada




Southern Nevada