As a health and safety precaution due to rising cases in COVID-19, the Nevada State Museum—Las Vegas has been closed until further notice. Please continue to check back for updates!

Founded in 1982, the Nevada State Museum—Las Vegas moved into its new home at the Springs Preserve in 2011. In this spacious, modern facility, the museum’s exhibits and research collections detail the social, cultural, and natural history of southern Nevada and the surrounding region.

Visiting the Nevada State Museum—Las Vegas Today

Located on the beautiful Springs Preserve, the museum features 20,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and brings the history of Las Vegas to life in all its glory.  Here, visitors will discover how geology shaped the Great Basin, and learn the prehistoric flora and fauna that inhabited the great sea that once covered the state of Nevada. Learn about Hoover Dam, the atomic-testing era, and the rise of Las Vegas as an international resort destination.

Visit the spectacular “Showgirl Wall” exhibit featuring a unique display of dazzling performance costumes once worn by the iconic showgirls and showboys of Las Vegas, including the world-famous Folies Bergere.

Military history comes alive with the USS Nevada. Peruse original artifacts from this famous Pearl Harbor survivor, including the ship’s bell and wheel. And, be sure to meet a few of the characters of Nevada, like Howard Hughes, the Rat Pack, Comstock Lode tycoons and miners, and other larger-than-life personalities who helped define Nevada’s own. Visiting the Nevada State Museum—Las Vegas is a great way to get a lay of the land before diving into exploring what the area has to offer!

The museum also features a library and research center, educational labs, meeting spaces and a store.

Hours & Admission 

Museum Hours

As a health and safety precaution due to rising cases in COVID-19, the Nevada State Museum—Las Vegas has been closed until further notice. Please continue to check back for updates!

The Nevada State Museum—Las Vegas is open to the public starting November 7th through a timed ticket system. After a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state museum has reopened with limited capacity and health protocols in place. Visitors will be able to enjoy new exhibits including a Shasta Ground Sloth fossil, and “Les Foiles Bergere” showgirl costume, as well as longer-running favorites Prejudice & Pride: The Fight to Vote, and The Art of Crafting.

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will need to book a ticket online that will allow a one hour entry to the museum, as well as the Springs Preserve campus on which the museum is located. The last available entry is at 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Years Day

Admission

Admission is free to all Museum and Springs Preserve Members. Not a member yet? You can fix that here.

During the timed, ticketing system, admission to the Nevada State Museum—Las Vegas is $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 3 to 17. Visitors are required to wear face coverings and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.

Getting There

The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is located at 95/Valley View on the campus of the Springs Preserve. Use these driving directions if you are traveling from the Las Vegas Strip:

From the Strip (Freeway): Take I-15 North and merge onto US 95 North (toward Reno). Take the Valley View Boulevard exit. Turn left onto south Valley View. Continue south for about one mile to Meadows Lane. Turn left (east) into the Springs Preserve at the Meadows Lane intersection.

From the Strip (Surface Streets): From Las Vegas Boulevard, head west on Flamingo Road or Sahara Avenue to Valley View Boulevard. Head north on Valley View past Charleston Boulevard and Alta Drive. The Preserve will be on your right at the Meadows Lane intersection.

From Downtown (Freeway): Travel north/west on US 95/93 to the Valley View Boulevard exit. Keep right and exit onto south Valley View. Continue south for about one mile to Meadows Lane. Turn left (east) into the Springs Preserve at the Meadows Lane intersection.

From North Las Vegas (Freeway): Travel south/east on US 95/93 to the Valley View Boulevard exit. Keep right and exit onto south Valley View. Continue south for about one mile to Meadows Lane. Turn left (east) into the Springs Preserve at the Meadows Lane intersection.

This Location:

Southern Nevada, Nevada

City

Las Vegas

Region

Southern Nevada