List of museums in Nevada

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This list of museums in Nevada encompasses museums which are defined for this context as physical institutions, (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Defunct museums are listed in a separate section.


Name Location County Type Summary
Atomic Testing Museum Las Vegas Clark Science History of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site
The Auto Collections Paradise Clark Automobile Showroom and display of classic cars at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino
Austin Historical Society Museum Austin Lander Local history website
Beatty Museum Beatty Nye Local history website
Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum Boulder City Clark History website, history of the Boulder Canyon Project, operated by the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association
Bowers Mansion Carson City Carson City Historic house
Brothel Art Museum Crystal Nye Art, Erotica website, Roadside America report
Buckaroo Hall of Fame & Heritage Museum Winnemucca Humboldt Culture website, artwork, photos, memorabilia, saddles, guns, hand-woven lariats, brands and other working gear used by cowboys
Burlesque Hall of Fame Las Vegas Clark Hall of fame History of burlesque
Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center Gardnerville Douglas Local history website, operated by the Douglas County Historical Society
Central Nevada Museum Tonopah Nye Local history website, photos, exhibits include Tonopah Army Air Field, area railroads and mining equipment
Children's Museum of Northern Nevada Carson City Carson City Children's website
Churchill County Museum & Archives Fallon Churchill Local history website, exhibits include Native American and pioneer artifacts, period rooms, railroads, antique communications equipment and vehicles, Woodliff Novelty Store, post
Clark County Museum Henderson Clark Open air website, photos, includes museum with local history exhibits, minerals display, 1920s and 1950s period homes, 1900s replica print shop, depot with steam engine and caboose
Comstock History Center Virginia City Storey Local history information
Comstock Gold Mill Virginia City Storey Mining information
Dayton Museum Dayton Lyon Local history website, includes pioneer memorabilia, quilts, and photographs from Dayton's history, including pioneers, prospectors and miners, woodcutters, Native Americans, Chinese, Italians, ranching, railroading, the Sutro Tunnel
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection Laughlin Clark Automobile Showroom and display of classic cars at the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino
Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery Las Vegas Clark Art website, part of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Erotic Heritage Museum Las Vegas Clark Erotica History of Erotica
Eureka Sentinel Museum Eureka Eureka Local history website, photos, features newspaper printing room, mining exhibits, period room displays
Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center Reno Washoe Science website, part of the University of Nevada, Reno
Foreman-Roberts House Museum Carson City Carson City Historic house website, operated by the Carson City Historical Society, open by appointment and for special events
Fort Churchill State Historic Park Silver Springs Lyon History Visitor center features exhibits about the fort's history
Fourth Ward School Museum Virginia City Storey Local history City history, mining, 19th century education
Frank Chang Memorial Museum Lovelock Pershing Ethnic information, located at the Cadillac Inn, artifacts from ruins of Lovelock's Chinatown
Genoa Courthouse Museum Genoa Douglas Local history website, operated by the Douglas County Historical Society, features period room displays including a courtroom, kitchen, nursery, Victorian parlor, blacksmith shop
Goldwell Open Air Museum Rhyolite Nye Art Outdoor sculpture park
Great Basin National Park Rhyolite White Pine Natural history Visitor centers feature exhibits about the geology, natural history and cultural history of the area
Hawthorne Ordnance Museum Hawthorne Mineral Military Exhibits on ordance & munitions.
Hispanic Museum of Nevada Las Vegas Clark Ethnic website
Houdini's Museum Las Vegas Clark Biographical website, located in the Houdini's Magic Shop at the Forum Shops at Caesars
Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum Paradise Clark Aviation History of commercial and general aviation in southern Nevada, located at McCarran International Airport
Humboldt Museum Winnemucca Humboldt Local history information, includes castings of mammoth bones, period rooms, Native American, pioneer and cowboy artifacts
Julia C. Bulette Red Light Museum Virginia City Storey Erotica information, prostitution erotica, Chinese art and antique medical equipment
Las Vegas Historical Society Las Vegas Clark Local history Timeline of city history, includes old railroad, celebrity, aerial, and casino photos
Las Vegas International Scout Museum Las Vegas Clark Scouting website
Las Vegas Natural History Museum Las Vegas Clark Natural history Includes dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt, international wildlife, Nevada desert wildlife, marine animals, geology
Las Vegas Springs Preserve Las Vegas Clark Multiple 180-acre (0.73 km2) preserve with several museums and botanical garden
Liberace Museum Las Vegas Clark Biography Pianist and entertainer Liberace
Liberty Engine Company#1 State Firemen's Museum Virginia City Storey Firefighting information
Lied Discovery Children's Museum Las Vegas Clark Children's Interactive exhibits in science, arts and culture
Lincoln County Historical Museum Pioche Lincoln Local history information, photos
Lost City Museum Overton Clark Archaeology Excavated artifacts from Anasazi pueblo ruins
Lyon County Museum Yerington Lyon Open air website (look for link in left column), features 7 buildings including museum with period room and business displays, model railroad, local art, natural history, local pioneers, three old country schools, a general store and a blacksmith shop
Mackay Mansion Virginia City Storey Historic house website
Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise Virginia City Storey History Historic newspaper building with Mark Twain's desk, press area and printing equipment
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Las Vegas Clark Wax museum
Marjorie Barrick Museum Las Vegas Clark Natural history Part of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, natural history and environment of Nevada and the broader Southwestern United States
Marzen House Museum Lovelock Pershing Local history information, information
Mineral County Museum Hawthorne Mineral Local history Exhibits on Mineral County.
Mormon Station State Historic Park Genoa Douglas Local history Recreated trading post stockade and museum with pioneer exhibits
National Automobile Museum Reno Washoe Transportation - Automobile
Neon Museum at the Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas Clark Media Neon signs
Nevada Discovery Museum Sparks Washoe Children's website, planned museum
Nevada Gambling Museum Virginia City Storey Industry - Gambling information, information, antique slot machines, gaming tables and roulette wheels
Nevada Historical Society Reno Washoe History website, history and culture of Nevada
Nevada Museum of Art Reno Washoe Art
Nevada Northern Railway Museum Ely White Pine Railroad Historic railroad yard complex, heritage railroad, includes the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum
Nevada Southern Railroad Museum Boulder City Clark Railroad
Nevada State Capitol Carson City Carson City History
Nevada State Fire Museum & Comstock Fireman's Museum Virginia City Storey Fire fighting website
Nevada State Museum, Carson City Carson City Multiple History, pre-history and natural history of Nevada
Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas Las Vegas Clark Multiple Frontier history, natural history, archaeology and anthropology of southern Nevada, development of the city
Nevada State Railroad Museum Carson City Railroad
Northeastern Nevada Museum Elko Elko Multiple website, history, art, natural history
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park Las Vegas Clark History Restored fort and visitor center with related exhibits
Pahrump Valley Museum Pahrump Nye History information, photos, includes Abraham Lincoln memorabilia collection, farm equipment, general store, school house, silo and buildings from the Bowman Ranch
Pierre Fauchard Museum Las Vegas Clark Medical website, part of the College of Southern Nevada, history of dentistry, named after Pierre Fauchard, considered the "father of modern dentistry"
Pinball Hall of Fame Las Vegas Clark Amusement Working pinball machines from the 1950s to 1990s
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum & Visitors Center Nixon Washoe Native American website
Searchlight Museum Searchlight Clark Local history website, exhibits include mining, costume designer Edith Head, pilot John A. Macready, Senator Harry Reid, composer Scott Joplin
Shelby Museum Las Vegas Clark Transportation
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery Reno Washoe Art website, part of University of Nevada, Reno
Sierra Arts Gallery Reno Washoe Art website
Sparks Heritage Museum Sparks Washoe Local history website
The Way It Was Museum Virginia City Storey Mining information, features Comstock mining artifacts and photographs
Thunderbird Lodge Incline Village Washoe Historic house Waterfront estate on Lake Tahoe
Tonopah Historic Mining Park Tonopah Nye Mining website, former silver mine
University of Nevada, Reno Fine Art Galleries Reno Washoe Art website, part of the University of Nevada, Reno, four galleries and art exhibited in locations around the campus
Virgin Valley Heritage Museum Mesquite Lincoln Local history Area pioneers and local history
Walker African American Museum Las Vegas Clark African American website
Warren Engine Company No. 1 Museum Carson City Carson City Fire fighting information, information
Western Folklife Center Elko Elko Art website, exhibitions, performances and educational programs about the American West
Western Historic Radio Museum Virginia City Storey Media website, antique, classic and vintage radios, related items, equipment, radio personalities
White Pine Public Museum Ely White Pine Local history website, photos
White River Valley Museum Lund White Pine Local history information
Wilbur D. May Center Reno Washoe Multiple Includes eclectic ethnographic collection, arboretum and botanical garden, temporary/traveling exhibits and art shows.
W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum Reno Washoe Geology website, part of the University of Nevada, Reno, minerals, ores, fossil specimens and mining relics and displays

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