Nevada State Museum & Mint
Location: 600 North Carson Street (Hwy. 395) corner of Robinson Street.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Price: Adults $8.00, free for children 17 and under and museum members.
Explore Nevada’s natural and cultural history. Discover a life-size Columbian Mammoth, Datsolalee American Indian baskets, ghost town, and a walk-through mine known worldwide for its authenticity. View the dazzling beauty of the USS Nevada Silver Service. See the historic Carson City Mint, featuring the original Coin Press No. 1, which stamped millions of gold and silver coins from the rich ores of the Comstock Lode. Shop the museum store for memorable books and Nevada gifts.
Nevada State Railroad Museum
Address: 2180 South Carson Street (US 395) at Fairview Drive, near the south end of Carson City
Hours: Open Thursday through Monday 9:00-5:00.
Price: Adults $6, Children 17 and younger Free
Website: Division of Museum and History
Friends of the Museum website: nsrm-friends.org
Considered one of the finest regional railroad museums in the country, it includes five steam locomotives and several restored coaches and freight cars. Most featured equipment is from the Comstock Era’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad, America’s richest and most famous short line.
The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada
Location: 813 North Carson Street
Hours: Open 7 days a week 10:00am-4:30pm
Price: Children 1+ $4, Adults 14+ $6, Srs. 55+ or military $5, children under 1 free
STEM science room is now open 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays only. This is included with purchase of admission.
Located in the historic former Carson City Civic Auditorium which was built in 1939, The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada opened in 1994. The museum is a play-based learning environment.
Children can play and learn in the grocery store or have pretend lunch in the Chinese restaurant.
In the green screen room, children get a taste of what being a weatherman on TV is like or they can climb the revolving rock wall. They can spend time nursing patients back to health in the hospital room or they can deposit your treasures in the safe deposit boxes in the bank. They can learn about the dinosaurs of old or pan for gems and minerals in the mining sluice. There are many exhibits and new ones always in the works.
Nevada State Capitol
Location: Corner of Musser and Carson Streets
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm. Closed weekends
Price: No charge – Guided tours available
Guided tours of the State Capitol may be requested by calling the Education Program at the Nevada State Museum at 775-687-4810, ext. 237. Guided tours require at least two weeks notice and are subject to the availability of volunteers. For the busy months of April and May, we recommend early booking (2-3 months in advance).
Location: 1207 North Carson Street
Hours: Fri, Sat. & Sun. 1-3pm, call for a tour
Price: $3 per person
An outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture, believed to have been shipped from New England to San Francisco, then transported here in 1873 by V & T flat car. Plans to raze it drew a public outcry fierce enough to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for refurbishment.
Location: 5366 Snyder Ave.
Currently closed, please call 775.687.7410 for information.
Cultural enhancement and understanding through education. Memorabilia and historical exhibits from the Stewart Indian Boarding School.
Location: 100 North Stewart Street
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:00am-2:00pm
Price: No charge
Featuring rotating exhibits, a video on Nevada’s admission to the Union and the original State Constitution. The building’s design incorporates the state’s first printing building (1885-86).
Warren Engine Company No. 1 Museum
Location: 777 S. Stewart Street
The Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center
Location: Carson City
Hours: Open to the public by appointment only.
The curatorial staff provides programs on diverse aspects of fashion history.
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center
Location: 1477 Hwy. 395, Gardnerville
Hours: Daily Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4 pm – Gift shop.
Price: $3 Adults, $2 Children
Natural history, agricultural and Native American exhibits, focusing on the Washo tribe who spent winters in the Carson Valley. The Cultural Center also housed a school from 1916-1985.
Dake Hawkins House
Location: 2242 Main Street, Genoa
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Price: No charge
Built in the early 1870’s, this gothic Victorian home is considered one of the oldest in Nevada. Vintage boxing and celebrity memorabilia also on display.
Location: 1450 Highway 88, Minden, NV
Hours: Open only for scheduled tours and events.
The Dangberg Home Ranch was once the center of operations for a 48,000-acre ranch, and is now a Douglas County Park operated by an independent non-profit organization. Guided tours lead visitors through the ranch house and other buildings, built between 1857 and 1920, that are full of 19th and 20th century artifacts. Open year-round, with tours conducted Wednesday through Sunday by advance reservation only. See the park’s website for a schedule of speakers and exhibits.
The Courthouse Museum
Location: 5th and Main Streets, Genoa
Hours: 10am to 4pm, mid-May to mid-Oct.
Price: $3 adults, $2 children
The original Douglas County Courthouse from 1865 to 1916, which later served as the Genoa Schoolhouse. Today it features rotating exhibits, Washo Indian artifacts and basketry.
Location: 2295 Main Street, Genoa
Hours: Daily mid-May through mid-Oct. 9am-5pm
Price: Fee for group tours
A trading post established during the California Gold Rush where travelers rested and purchased supplies before tackling the Sierra Nevada. The first permanent settlement in Nevada was later renamed Genoa. Museum and stockade exhibits.
Nevada State Fire Museum
Location: 51 South C Street, Virginia City
Hours: Daily mid-May through mid-Oct. 10am – 5pm
Price: No charge, donations appreciated
Originally organized in the 1860’s, Liberty Engine Company No. 1 is still an operating volunteer fire fighting unit. Vintage photographs, uniforms, tools and memorabilia from the Comstock Era on display.
Location: 129 D Street, Virginia City
Hours: Daily 11am to 6pm
Price: $3 admission
Built in 1860 as headquarters for John Mackay, “King of the Comstock.” Mining artifacts, original furnishings and Tiffany silver are exhibited.
Location: 537 South C Street, Virginia City
Hours: Daily May through Oct. 10am-5pm
Price: $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-16, free under 6
Built in 1876, the school houses permanent and changing exhibits featuring the history and culture of the Comstock.
Way It Was Museum
Location: 118 North C Street, Virginia City
Hours: Daily seasonal 10am-5pm
Price: $2.50 adults, free age 11 and younger
Exhibiting the world’s most complete collection of Comstock mining artifacts, plus rare photos, lithographs and maps from the “Bonanza” period.
Location: 70 South B Street, Virginia City
Hours: Daily end May-mid Oct. 11am-5pm
Price: $3.50 adults, 50 cents age 6-12, free age 5 and younger
The last remaining original mansion (not restored) with authentic furnishings imported from Europe in 1868. Original paint, crystal chandeliers, silver doorknobs and accents, Italian hanging stairways, Carrara marble fireplaces, and steel engravings from 1852.
Location: 47-53 South C Street, Virginia City
Hours: Daily summer 9:30am-7pm, winter 10am-5pm
Price: $1 admission
The third office of the Enterprise Newspaper, built in 1876, boasted the first steam-press in Nevada. Famous American writers Mark Twain, Alf Doten and Dan DeQuille got their starts here.
Storey County Courthouse
Location: 26-27 South B Street, Virginia City
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm
Price: No charge
The state’s oldest continuously operating courthouse.