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.
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.
The Nevada State Museum—Las Vegas will re-open March 20 after temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under normal circumstances, the state museum will reopen 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, open 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 to the Nevada State Museum—Carson City is free to all Museum Members! 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.