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 [1]
Battle Mountain Cookhouse Museum Battle Mountain Lander Local history website
Beatty Museum Beatty Nye Local history website, area fossils, wildlife and plants, mining, ghost towns
Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum Boulder City Clark History History of the Boulder Canyon Project, operated by the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association in the historic Boulder Dam Hotel
Bowers Mansion Carson City Carson City Historic house
Brothel Art Museum Crystal Nye Erotica [2][3]
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, located at the Winnemucca Convention Center
Burlesque Hall of Fame Las Vegas Clark Hall of fame History of burlesque
Carson City Fire Museum Carson City Carson City Fire fighting website, also known as Warren Engine Co. No. 1 Museum
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, operated by the Central Nevada Historical Society
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 Fireman's Museum Virginia City Storey Fire fighting website
Comstock History Center Virginia City Storey Local history [4][5]
Comstock Gold Mill Virginia City Storey Mining [4]
Courthouse Museum Genoa 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
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 Part of the University of Nevada, Reno, public star shows, astronomy exhibits, meteorites
Foreman-Roberts House Museum Carson City Carson City Historic house 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 County Local history City history, mining, 19th century education
Frank Chang Memorial Museum Lovelock Pershing Ethnic Located adjacent to the Cadillac Inn, artifacts from ruins of Lovelock's Chinatown[6]
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, art and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean
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 website, includes castings of mammoth bones, period rooms, Native American, pioneer and cowboy artifacts, 899 Richardson-Saunders House, 1907 St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and the 1880's Greinstein Building, operated by the North Central Nevada Historical Society
International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts Las Vegas Clark Magic Created by magician David Copperfield, includes magic memorabilia, books, illusions, posters, photos and artifacts, items from Harry Houdini, open to scholars
Julia C. Bulette Red Light Museum Virginia City Storey Erotica Madam Julia Bulette, prostitution erotica, Chinese art and antique medical equipment[4]
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
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 [7]photos
Lost City Museum Overton Clark Archaeology Excavated artifacts from Anasazi pueblo ruins
Lyon County Museum Yerington Lyon Open-air website, 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, Mid 19th-century mansion with period furnishings, mining artifacts[4]
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
Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise Virginia City Storey History Historic newspaper building with Mark Twain's desk, press area and printing equipment
Marshall Mint Museum Virginia City Storey Natural history Gems and mineral display in a jewelry store[4]
Marzen House Museum Lovelock Pershing Local history Includes mining equipment, home fixtures, Native American artifacts and an Indian Cave exhibit[8][9]
McGill Drugstore Museum McGill White Pine Local history Historic drugstore open by appointment, operated by the White Pine Public Museum
Mineral County Museum Hawthorne Mineral Local history Exhibits on Mineral County.
Mob Museum Las Vegas Clark History History of organized crime in the United States and activities of law enforcement, housed in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse
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 Las Vegas Clark Media Neon signs
Nevada Gambling Museum Virginia City Storey Industry - Gambling Antique slot machines, gaming tables and roulette wheels[10]
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 Museum, Carson City 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 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 Multiple website, includes Abraham Lincoln memorabilia collection, farm equipment, general store, school house, silo and buildings from the Bowman Ranch, Native American artifacts, prospecting, ranching and farming exhibits, war ephemera, fossils, rock and minerals, area wildlife
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 Museum & Visitors Center Nixon Washoe Native American website, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe's history, culture, people and current events
Searchlight Historic Museum Searchlight Clark Local history website, exhibits include mining, costume designer Edith Head, pilot John A. Macready, Senator Harry Reid, composer Scott Joplin; housed inside the Searchlight Community Center
Shelby Museum Las Vegas Clark Transportation
Sheppard Contemporary Gallery Reno Washoe Art website, part of University of Nevada, Reno
Sierra Arts Gallery Reno Washoe Art website, operated by the Sierra Arts Foundation
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum Virginia City Storey Law enforcement website, history of law enforcement agencies nationwide, located in the Storey County Courthouse 1876 jail
Sparks Museum & Cultural Center Sparks Washoe Multiple website, area history, ranching, mining, space industry, art exhibits, replica depot with vintage steam locomotive, cupola caboose and Pullman executive car, restored one room schoolhouse
St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center Virginia City Storey Art website, located in the former St. Mary Louise Hospital for the Comstock miners
St. Mary's in the Mountains Catholic Church Virginia City Storey Religious Historic church with museum about its history
The Way It Was Museum Virginia City Storey Mining Features Comstock mining artifacts and photographs[4]
Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum Reno Washoe Children's website, also known as The Discovery, hands-on museum dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning in science, technology, engineering, art, math and the world
Thunderbird Lodge Incline Village Washoe Historic house Waterfront estate on Lake Tahoe
Thunderbirds Museum Nellis Air Force Base Clark Aerospace History of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, includes a Thunderbirds aircraft static display
Tonopah Historic Mining Park Tonopah Nye Mining website, former silver mine
University of Nevada, Reno Fine Art Galleries Reno Washoe Art website, 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 [11]
Washoe Club Virginia City Storey History Tours of the historic social club building that is considered a haunted location
Western Folklife Center Elko Elko Art website, exhibitions, performances and educational programs about the American West
White Pine Public Museum Ely White Pine Local history website, photos
White River Valley Museum Lund White Pine Local history Features relics of one of the last colonization efforts of the Mormons in the American West[12]
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 Part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, minerals, ores, fossil specimens, and mining relics and displays

Defunct museums[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Austin Historical Society". Travel Nevada. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "7 Weird Desert Museums". Desert USA. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Brothel Art Museum". Roadside America. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Virginia City Museums". VIsit Virginia City. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Historic Mining Photos at Comstock History Center Museum". Nevada Travel Network. April 30, 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lovelock, Nevada: Chinatown Ruins Museum". Roadside America. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lincoln County Historical Museum". Travel Nevada. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lovelock’s Historical Sites". Lovelock. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Marzen House Museum". Travel Nevada. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Nevada Gambling Museum". Roadside America. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Walker African-American Museum". A2Z Las Vegas. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "White River Valley Museum". Travel Nevada. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f Roadside America Report
  14. ^ "Las Vegas Houdini museum closed". Wild About Harry. August 28, 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Las Vegas, Nevada: Houdini Museum (Gone)". Roadside America. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "BODIES & TITANIC The artifact exhibition will make new home at Luxor", Las Vegas Realtor, March 31, 2008
  17. ^ Charles Fey Slot Machine Collection
  18. ^ Slot Machines: The Fey Collection
  19. ^ Liberty Belle Collection: 50 Years Of History To Be Sold At Auction
  20. ^ Las Vegas, description
  21. ^ "Jim Rogers’ passion for classic cars never idled". Tbje Kats Report. June 15, 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Another Massive Classic Car Collection Going Up For Auction". Motor Authority. February 4, 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  23. ^ Virtual Exhibit at Nevada State Museum
  24. ^ "Western Historic Radio Museum - History 1994 to 2012". Western Historic Radio Museum. Retrieved 10 May 2015.