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Historical Museum Guide for Nevada

A directory of Historical Museums in Nevada, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Nevada?  A visit to these Nevada history museums and historical sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of your Nevada ancestors and the way they lived.

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Bowers Mansion Regional Park

The Bowers Mansion has been recently restored.  Visitors to the mansion will get a glimpse into the 1860s life of Nevadan Sandy Bowers and his psychic wife Eilley Oram.  Making their fortune in a silver mine near Gold Hill, Nevada, they built the mansion in 1864 and traveled the world to furnish it.  Tours area available on weekends seasonally.  Located at 4005 US Highway 395 North in Carson City, NV.

Carson City Fire Museum on Facebook

Focused on the collection, preservation and exhibition of the artifacts and history of the fire companies and departments of Carson City and Ormsby County.  Located at 777 S. Stewart Street in Carson City, NV.

Foreman-Roberts House Museum


The Foreman-Roberts house is a Gothic Revival house built in 1859 in Washoe City and was moved to it's present location in Carson City in 1873.  Located at 1217 N. Carson Street in Carson City, NV.

Nevada State Capitol

[History and Photos PDF File.]

Built in 1870, the Nevada State Capitol was constructed of native sandstone and is the oldest capitol building west of the Mississippi River.  The Capitol complex includes the Nevada State Library and Archives.  The Capitol building is open to the public for self-guided tours.  Located at 101 North Carson Street in Carson City, NV.

Nevada State Museum in Carson City

The museum is focused on the history and natural history of the state of Nevada through exhibits and historical materials.  Located at 600 N Carson Street in Carson City, NV.

Nevada State Railroad Museum

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Located at 2180 S. Carson Street in Carson City, NV.


Churchill County Museums Churchill County Museum and Archives  

Collection of artifacts, old newspapers, documents and over 40,000 photos related to Churchill County history.  Exhibits include the Woodliff Novelty Store which has been preserved for over 95 years.  Located at 1050 South Maine Street in Fallon, NV.


Clark County Museums

Atomic Testing Museum

Focus is on the origin of the Nevada Test Site and provides information and exhibits depicting and detailing the events  at the test site in Mercury, Nevada.  Located at 755 E. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, NV.

Boulder City / Hoover Dam Museum

The museum tells the story of the Boulder Canyon Project as it was experienced by the men and women who braved the desolation of the Southern Nevada desert to built Hoover Dam and Boulder City.  Housed inside the historic Boulder Dam Hotel located at 1305 Arizona Street in Boulder City, NV.

Burlesque Hall of Fame

Dedicated to the preservation of the history of burlesque as an art form.  Located at 520 Fremont Street #120 in Las Vegas, NV.

Clark County Heritage Museum

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The museum is actually a complex of historic buildings devoted to the heritage of Clark County, Nevada.  Historic sites include the 1932 Boulder City Depot, Heritage Street, a resurrected ghost town and many others.  Begin your visit at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson, NV.

David Copperfield Museum

The International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts features the world's largest collection of magic, antique books, illusions and ephemera on magic and related arts.  The museum is only open to scholars, not to the public and has a secret location in Las Vegas, NV.

Don Laughlin's Classic Car Museum

The automobile collection features over 80 of the world's most distinctive autos including antique autos, classic autos and some of very special interest.  Located in the Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino on Casino Drive in Laughlin, NV.

The Hispanic Museum of Nevada

The focus of the museum is on the Hispanic culture and traditions and the promotion of understanding among community members.  Located in the Boulevard Mall at 3680 S. Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas, NV.

Hoover Dam

[History]  [Photos]

When the dam was complete in 1935, it was the tallest dam in the world.  Today, visitors can tour the dam, see the inner workings and be sure to stop by the visitor center.  Located on Highway 93 at the Nevada / Arizona border.

Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum

Housed inside McCarran International Airport, observe the history of commercial and general aviation in southern Nevada, from the first flight in 1920 through the introduction of jets. The Museum's main exhibit is located baggage claim with additional exhibits in ticketing, at the A, B, C and D gates, Terminal 2, North Las Vegas Air Terminal and the general and corporate aviation terminal operated by Signature Flight Support. There is also an exhibit displayed at Henderson Executive Airport. Aviation buffs can park south of the airport on Sunset Road and tune their FM radios to 88.5 to follow the conversations between the pilots and flight controllers during take-offs and landings. Located at 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard in Las Vegas, NV.

International Scouting Museum


Dedicated to the demonstration of the history of Scouting and imparting historical values and principles to present and future generations.  Located at 3025 W. Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas, NV.

Las Vegas Historical Society

The Las Vegas Historical Society displays exhibits that demonstrate the history of Las Vegas.  Located in downtown Las Vegas at 1114 South Main Street, Suite 120 in Las Vegas, NV.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Devoted to educating the public about the natural sciences both past and present.  Exhibits include prehistoric life, wildlife, African galleries, a wild Nevada gallery and much more.  Located at 900 North Las Vegas Blvd in Las Vegas, NV.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

The historic site is being preserved and features museum and exhibits related to the history of the valley along with science and nature exhibits, a botanical garden and live animal shows. The birthplace of Las Vegas, is a great place for kids to visit.  Located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV.

Lost City Museum 

The Lost City Museum was built of sun dried adobe by the National Park Service to hold the artifacts excavated from the Pueblo Grande de Nevada site.  Operated and maintained by the state of Nevada, they are still conducting archaeological research on the remaining Anasazi Indian sites.  Artifacts and exhibits tell the story of a people who lived in southern Nevada long long ago.  Located at 721 South Moapa Valley Blvd. in Overton, NV.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Features amazing wax figures of celebrities and famous folks.  Located at 3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite 2001 in Las Vegas, NV.

The Mob Museum

Visitors to the Mob Museum will learn about the impact of organized crime on Las Vegas history.  Exhibits tell real stories and actual events of Mob history and the role of organized crime in the United States.  Housed inside the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse located at 300 Stewart Avenue in Las Vegas, NV.

Neon Museum

Visitors will find many of the missing neon signs and landmarks which have been vanishing from Fremont Street and other areas of the Las Vegas landscape over the years.  Everything from wedding chapel signs to Aladdin's Lamp can be found in the bone yard of signs.  The museum is in the process of restoring the La Concha Motel lobby to use as a visitors center.  Located at 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas, NV.

Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas

The museum is focused on the history and natural history of the state of Nevada through exhibits and historical materials.  Located on the campus of the Springs Preserve at 309 S. Valley View Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV.

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

The historic site is the first permanent settlement of non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley.  Settled by a troup of Mormon missionaries, the adobe fort was built in 1855.  Today, this Nevada State Park features the remnant of the original adobe fort which contains interpretive displays and historic artifacts.  The Park and Visitor Center is located in downtown Las Vegas at the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd. and Washington Avenue.

Pierre Fauchard Museum

The museum is focused on the history of dentistry.  Located at 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV.

Pinball Hall of Fame

A place to play pinball the way pinball was meant to be played.  Located at 1610 E. Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas, NV.

Searchlight Historic Museum

Focus is on the fascinating of the community of Searchlight, NV.  Founded in 1898, the community was originally a mining town.  Located in the Searchlight Community Center at 200 Michael Wendell Way in Searchlight, NV.

Shelby Museum, Las Vegas

The museum features a lot of beautiful cars to look at and history of the Shelby Cobra and other Mustangs.  Learn about the company founded by Carroll Shelby, one of America's greatest race car drivers.  Free tours are offered.  Located at 6402 Ensworth St. in Las Vegas, NV.

State Railroad Museum & The Nevada Southern Railway


Visitors may ride on the Nevada Southern Railway excursion train and experience history dating back to the 1930s when the Union Pacific Railroad serviced the Boulder Dam project.  Located at 601 Yucca Street in Boulder City, Nevada.

Techatticup Historic Mining Camp

Mine tour in a ghost town of the historic Nelson-Searchlight Mining District / Nelson's Landing.  The mine has been restored and across from the mine is an 1861 building which serves now as a museum where you can learn more about this old mining operation.    The site has been sed in 2 movies: Breakdown and 3000 Miles to Graceland, both staring Kurt Russell.  This tour is offered by various vendors such as Colorado River Tours (guided) and Grand Canyon Tour Company (ATV, not guided).

Thunderbirds Museum

The Thunderbirds Museum features over 60 years of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds history.  The museum features a Thunderbirds aircraft static display.  Located inside the Thunderbirds hangar at 4445 Tyndall Avenue on Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. 

Walker African-American Museum

The museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history of the people of African descent in Las Vegas.  The museum features over 10,000 items consisting of ethnic dolls, art, artifacts, figurines, posters, prints, books, magazines, records and personal items of renown African-Americans.  The museum publishes an annual publication "Black Pioneers of Nevada".  Located at 705 W. Van Buren in Las Vegas, NV.


Douglas County Museums

The Bowers Mansion

Built in 1863, the mansion was home to Lemuel and Eilley Bowers.  Today the home is filled with period furnishings and sits in a lovely park setting.  at 4005 US Hwy 395 North in Carson City, NV.

Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center

Focused on the history of Native Americans and early pioneers of the Carson Valley area, the museum features exhibits of artifacts and art work of the Washoe people who roamed this land in early times.  Other exhibits include a country doctors waiting room, a Basque exhibit and an 1950-1970 animals hunted  exhibit.  Housed inside the former Douglas County High School building located at 1477 US Hwy 395 N in Gardnerville, NV.

Genoa Courthouse Museum

[Genoa History]

Built in 1856 when Genoa was the county seat of Douglas County, it served as a school from 1916 to 1956.  Utilized as a museum for almost 40 years now, the museum features the history of Genoa, the first permanent town in Nevada. Operated by the Douglas County Historical Society, the museum is located at 2304 Main Street in Genoa, NV.

Kit Carson Trail Talking Houses

These historic homes have their own stories to tell and visitors can tune them in on AM Radio!  This is one of the most unusual and interesting ways to view historic homes I have seen.  Some of the houses included in this tour are: the Krebs-Peterson House, located at 500 North Mountain Street.  This is where John Wayne filmed his last movie "The Shootist"; The Rinckel Mansion; The G. W. G. Ferris House and several others.

Mormon Station State Park Museum

Mormon Station is the site of Nevada's first permanent settlement of non-natives.  The site today, features a replica of the original 1851 trading post with a museum of pioneer-era artifacts.  Located at 2295 Main Street in downtown Genoa, NV.

Nevada State Museum in Carson City   

[History Exhibits and Photos]

Built in 1866, the Nevada State Museum was the U.S. Mint for over 20 years.  Today you will find some of the mint equipment used to make all that money along with a ghost town to visit. among many Nevada history exhibits.

600 North Carson Street, Carson City, NV.

Nevada State Railroad Museum

Exhibits related to the railroad history of Nevada.  Rides are offered at various times of the year.  2180 South Carson Street, Carson City, NV.


Elko County Museums Northeastern Nevada Museum

The Northeastern Nevada Museum features exhibits related to the local history, natural history local cultures, wildlife from around the world, and art collections.  The museum provides a research facility as well.  Located at 1515 Idaho Street in Elko, NV.

Western Folklife Center


The museum is focused on the everyday traditions of people who live and work in the American West.  Exhibits include Native American history, arts and crafts, cowboying history, western art and more.  Located at 501 Railroad Street in Elko, NV.


Esmeralda County Museums Goldfield - Historic gold mining town

[History of Goldfield] [Goldfield Walking Tour Booklet Download]

The historic town features many active businesses in historic structures. Learn more about this at the Goldfield Historical Society.   Located on US Highway 95 in Goldfield, NV.

Goldfield Firehouse

The Goldfield Firehouse was built in 1906 during the Goldfield mining boom.  The historic firehouse has been fully restored today and features antique fire equipment and memorabilia, an original Goldfield Fire Truck, a 1941 ambulance and Goldfield historical memorabilia.  Operated by the Historical Society of Goldfield, the museum is located at the corner of Crook and Franklins Avenues in Goldfield, NV.


Eureka County Museums Eureka Sentinel Museum

[Museum Photos]

Housed inside the 1879 Eureka Sentinel Newspaper Building, the museum features historic artifacts and items related to the history of Eureka.  The lower floor of the museum features a complete newspaper press room from the 1800s with original press equipment.  Located at 10 N. Monroe Street in Eureka, NV.


Humboldt County Museums

Buckaroo Hall of Fame & Heritage Museum

[Buckaroo Hall of Fame Inductees]

Focused on the history of the original history behind the Buckaroo and Vaquero lifestyles and traditions, visitors will learn about the history of the Old West and the people who lived there.  Located at the Winnemucca Convention Center at 30 West Winnemucca Boulevard in Winnemucca, NV.

Humboldt Museum

[Winnemucca History]

Housed in the former Episcopal Church, the museum features Native American artifacts, early pioneer relics, an antique auto collection and an old country store.  Operated by the North Central Nevada Historical Society, the museum is located at 175 W. Jungo Rd. in Winnemucca, NV.


Lander County Museums Austin Historical Museum on Facebook

The Austin Historical Museum features displays of artifacts related to the history of the Lander County area of Nevada.  Exhibits include historic artifacts from mining, ranching, the railroad, Native Americans, the old school and information on the USS Lander.  Housed inside the former U.S. Forest Service building located at 180 Main Street in Austin, Nevada.

Battle Mountain Cookhouse Museum

The museum features historical items and artifacts related to the past of Lander County.  Located at 905 Burns Street in Battle Mountain, Nevada.


Lincoln County Museums Lincoln County Museum


The museum features historical items related to the past history of Lincoln County including relics from the mining history of Pioche.  Located at 716 Main Street in Pioche, NV.

The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum

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The museum is devoted to deepening the understanding of the community and visitors about the history of the Virgin Valley, including Mesquite, Bunkerville and Southern Nevada through collections, exhibits and special events.  Located at 35 West Mesquite Blvd. in Mesquite, NV.


Lyon County Museums Dayton Museum

[Dayton History]

Housed inside the 1865 Dayton Grammar School, the Dayton Museum is the oldest school structure in Nevada.  Operated by the Historical Society of Dayton Valley, the museum is devoted to the preservation of history in the Dayton Valley of Nevada.  Located on Shady Lane at Logan in Old Town Dayton, NV.

Fort Churchill State Historic Park

Fort Churchill was built in 1861 as protection for early settlers.  The site features the ruins of this U.S. Army fort and a Visitor Center where information and historical artifacts are on display.  Nearby is Buckland Station, a pony express stop and former hotel built in 1870.  Fort Churchill State Historic Park is located at 10000 US Highway 95A North in Silver Springs, NV.

Lyon County Museum

The mission of the Lyon County Museum is to provide historical, cultural and educational resources to the people of Yerington, Mason Valley and Lyon County, Nevada.  The museum features 7 buildings including 3 old county schools, a general store and a blacksmith shop.  Located at 215 South Main Street in Yerington, NV.


Mineral County Museums Hawthorne Ordnance Museum on Facebook

The museum holds the single largest collection of inert ordnance, missiles, bombs, rockets and nuclear weapos in the world.  Located at 925 E Street in Hawthorne, NV.

Mineral County Museum

[Historic & Ghost Town Photos]

Featuring historical artifacts related to the history of Mineral County, the museum holds collections of mining, fire and railroad equipment, historical photos, rocks, fossils and many other items.  Located at the corner of Tenth and D Streets in Hawthorne, NV.


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Scottys Castle in Death Valley

Beatty Historical Museum

Experience what Beatty, Nevada was like in the early 1900s.  Learn about mining, the Bullfrog Gold Rush, the Great Beatty Mud Mounds, area ghost towns and more.  Located at 417 Main Street in Beatty, NV.

Central Nevada Museum

Visitors have the chance to explore the rich and colorful of Central Nevada and the early boomtowns of the west.  Indoor exhibits range from prehistoric to present day including exhibits about mining boom towns, Native Americans, fossils, railroads, art, military and a large collection of photos.  Outdoor exhibits include an old west town, miners' cabins, a saloon, blacksmith shop, railroad yard, early mining equipment, a 10 stamp mill and ore cars.  Located at 1900 Logan Field Road in Tonopah, NV.

Goldwell Open Air Museum

Created by a group of prominent Belgian artists led by the late Albert Szukalski, is a group of seven outdoor sculptures that are colossal not only in their scale, but in their placement in the vast upper Mojave desert.  Located just outside of the ghost town of Rhyolite, off the road leading to Death Valley, California.

Pahrump Valley Museum

The museum features indoor exhibits of Native American artifacts, items from the first Anglo settlers, ranching and farming exhibits fossils, war ephemera, area wildlife, and outdoor exhibits of outbuildings, bronze sculptures, cactus garden and farming equipment.  Located at 4001 E. Basin Avenue in Pahrump, NV.


Rhyolite - Ghost Town

A gold rush boom town, Rhyolite was created and ca 1904 and it's demise began in less than 5 years.  Today it is known as a true ghost town.  The town is located 35 miles from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center on the way to Beatty, Nevada.  A paved road will take you from Hwy 374 to the heart of Rhyolite.

Scottys Castle in Death Valley   (Closed due to flood damage)

[History & Culture]

This beautiful castle like structure is situated in a most unusual oasis like canyon in Death Valley.  Built in the 1920s by Death Valley Scotty (Walter Scott) and Albert Johnson, the castle cost over 2 million dollars.  The house is a living history museum and tours are offered daily.

Tonopah Historic Mining Park

Visitors can get an actual taste of what silver mining was like as they enter the underground tunnel and see into the richest silver mine from the Tonopah District.  The park offers exhibits of antique mining equipment and historical artifacts.  Located at 102 Burro Avenue in Tonopah, NV.


Perishing County Museums Frank Chang Memorial Museum

The museum is a collection of artifacts and junk collected by the owner of the Cadillac Inn Motel.  Artifacts include items related to the Chinese people who panned for gold and helped built the railroad.  Many of the items were found in the ruins of Lovelock's old Chinatown.  Located in the garage of the Cadillac Inn at 1395 Cornell Avenue in Lovelock, NV.

Marzen House Museum

The museum is housed in a restored 1874 house and features items related to the local history of Lovelock and the surrounding areas.  Exhibits include antique mining equipment, ancient Native American artifacts and other items related to the settlement of the area.  Located at 25 Marzen Lane in Lovelock, NV.


Storey County Museums

Comstock Firemen's Museum

Featuring Nevada's finest collection of antique fire equipment and artifacts, the museum is housed inside the former Virginia City Fire Department building which occupied the building from 1930-1962.  Located at 125 South C Street in Virginia City, NV.

Comstock Gold Mill

An 1860s operating Joshua Hendy two stamp Gold Mill brings the mining history of Virginia City alive.  Visitors will see how gold was processed from ore and browse historical mining equipment.  Located on  F Street by the Virginia City Arena and Fairgrounds.

Comstock History Center

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Featuring the original Virginia & Truckee Railroad steam locomotive "Dayton" and a unique collection of artifacts, photos and memorabilia from the history Comstock.  Located at 20 N E Street in Virginia City, NV.

Fourth Ward School Museum

[History & Photos]

Built in 1876, for Virginia City's school children, it was used until 1936.  It is the last school of it's kind still standing in the United States.  Today it is a museum devoted to telling the history of Virginia City, the mining district and the Comstock Lode.  Located at 57 S C Street in Virginia City, NV.

Gold Hill Hotel

[History and Photos]

Boasted to be Nevada's oldest hotel, it was erected ca 1860 and was a thriving business during the gold rush days.  Today it is a available for tours and offers visitors a glimpse into the grander times of the Comstock Lode and the history of Gold Hill.  The hotel features 15 rooms furnished with period antiques.  Located one mile south of Virginia City on Highway 342.

Mackay Historic Mansion 

Also known as the Gould and Curry Mining Company Office, this 1860 Italianate style mansion is a private residence at this time.  Located at 129 South D Street in Virginia City, NV.

Nevada Gambling Museum

The museum holds more than a half-a-million dollars worth of gaming equipment and memorabilia, including over 100 antique slot machines, gaming tables, roulette wheels, cheating devices and weapons of gamblers.  Located at 22 S. C Street in Virginia City, NV.

Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

[Nevada Roll of Officers]

The Silver State National Peace Officers Museum is dedicated to the remembrance of the peacekeepers of the past and those who are holding the line today.  Housed inside an historic 1876 county jail and courthouse in world famous Virginia City, Nevada, it is one of the largest and finest U. S. law enforcement historical collections known.  Located at 26 South B Street in Virginia City, NV.

St. Mary's in the Mountains on Facebook

Originally built in 1868 by Father Patrick Manogue, the church burned in 1875 and was rebuilt in 1876.  Today, the lovely and still active church features a museum and gift shop.  St. Mary's in the Mountains is the oldest active Catholic Church in Nevada.  Located at 111 South E Street in Virginia City, NV.

The Territorial Enterprise Museum / Mark Twain Museum

Nevada's first newspaper was the Territorial Enterprise.  Founded in the 1850s, the Enterprise also employed Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) for 2 years.  The museum is housed inside the final home of the Territorial Enterprise and has been fully restored.  Today, it features the history of the Territorial Enterprise, and holds Mark Twain's desk and other newspaper relics from the past.  Located at 53 s. C Street in Virginia City, NV.

The Way It Was Museum

The museum displays the most complete collection of Comstock mining artifacts in the world.  Collections include rare photos, lithographs and maps of the Bonanza period.  Located at 113 North C Street in Virginia City, NV.

The Washoe Club Haunted Museum

[History]  [Ghost Hunts]

The Washoe Club is a three story brick structure in the Historic District of Virginia City.  Built in 1862, the building was the home to The Millionaires Club of Washoe.  Today, the first story is occupied by commercial shops.  The upper floors are uninhabited and now open for tours.  The Washoe Club is considered to be one of the most haunted locations "The West". It has been featured on Ghost Adventures as well as Ghost Hunters.  Located at 112 South C Street in Virginia City, NV.

Virginia City National Historical Land Mark

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Washoe County Museums

Historic Sites in Reno

National Automobile Museum

Features collections of vintage autos and includes celebrity owned autos such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne and many more.  Located at 10 South Lake Street in Reno, NV.

Nevada Historical Society Museum

The rich history of Nevada is the focus.  From neon lights to living off the land, the exhibits take you back in time to the early days in Nevada.  The Nevada Historical Society operates a Research Library here, which contains the most complete repository of Nevada history materials.  Located at 1650 N. Virginia Street in Reno, NV.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitor Center

Visitors to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum will learn about the history of Pyramid Lake and the fascinating history of its native inhabitants, the Paiute Indian Tribe.  Visitors will learn about not only their past but the present culture of the Tribe as well.  Located at 709 State Street in Nixon, NV.

Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center

Devoted to the history and heritage of Sparks, the museum is located at 814 Victorian Avenue in Sparks, NV.

Thunderbird Lodge

[History of Thunderbird Lodge]

The historic home of George Whittell, Jr. is a museum and learning center today.  Open for public guided tours seasonally.  Operated by the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, Thunderbird Lodge is located at 5000 NV-28 in Incline Village, NV.

W. M. Keck Earth, Science and Mineral Engineering Museum

The museum features collections of minerals, fossils, ore and mining history along with the Mackay Silver Collection created by Tiffany and Company in 1878.  Located on the campus of the University of Reno at 1644 N. Virginia Street in Reno, NV.


White Pine County Museums

East Ely Railroad Depot Museum  

Focused on the history of copper mining and production, the museum is housed inside the historic Nevada Northern Railroad Depot.  There are 23 other historic buildings in this complex and vintage steam train rides are offered.  Within a short distance, visitors to the area will find ghost towns which were once flourishing mining towns in the early 20th century.  Located at 1100 Avenue A in Ely, NV.

Fort Ruby and Information

The fort was built in 1862 with the primary purpose of protecting the Overland Mail route (famed Pony Express).  The fort had a reputation as the "worst post in the west" and was closed in 1869 when the new railroad took over the task of moving the mail.  There is very little left of the fort.  Visit the web site for more information and the location of Fort Ruby in the Ruby Valley of Nevada.

Great Basin National Park

The park's visitor centers feature exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the area. There are caves, mountains and waterways to explore as well.  Winter activities include skiing and snowshoeing.  Located 5 miles west of the town of Baker on Highway 488.

McGill Drugstore Museum

Step back in time to the days of the local hometown drug stores.  McGill Drugstore is an old small-town drugstore that is frozen in time.  The products of the olden days line the store's shelves and the working soda fountain beckons to visitors.  The store has been closed since the 1980s.  Today, it is operated as a museum.  The old drug store is like a time capsule for visitors to browse and enjoy.  Open by appointment only.  Please call ahead 775-235-7082.  Located at #11 Fourth Street in McGill, NV.

Nevada Northern Railway Museum

The historic passenger railroad features train rides pulled by century-old steam engines.  The museum consists of original railway locomotives, rolling stock, track, passenger station and buildings that served the historic copper mining region of Central Nevada for over a century.  The Nevada Northern Railway has been acclaimed as the best preserved railroad complex in North America.  Located at 1100 Avenue A in East Ely, Nevada.

White Pine Public Museum

The museum features exhibits of historical artifacts, images and documents relevant to the history of Ely, Nevada.  Behind the museum is a steam powered drill, and the 1907 Cherry Creek Train Depot.  Located at 2000 Aultman Street in Ely, NV.

White River Valley Museum

The museum's collections chronicle one of the last Mormon colonization efforts in the American West in the tiny town of Lund.  The museum features historical and cultural displays related to the early life and times of the region's settlers.  Open by appointment only.  Call ahead 775-289-8877.  Located at 212 N. Main Street in Lund, NV.



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