Museums

Nevada State Museum & Mint

Location: 600 North Carson Street (Hwy. 395) corner of Robinson Street.

Phone: 775.687.4810

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.

Website: nevadaculture.org

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

Phone: 775.687.6953

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

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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

Phone: 775.884.2226

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

Website: cmnn.org

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

Phone: 775.687.4810

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).

Foreman-Roberts Museum

Location: 1207 North Carson Street

Phone: 775.887.2174

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.

Stewart Indian School Campus & Cultural Center

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.

Nevada State Library and Archives

Location: 100 North Stewart Street

Phone: 775.684.3360

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

Phone: 775.887.2210

The Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center

Location: Carson City

Phone: 775.687.6173

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

Phone: 775.782.2555

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

Phone: 775.782.4951

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.

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

Location: 1450 Highway 88, Minden, NV

Phone: 775.783.9417

Hours: Open only for scheduled tours and events.

Price: Varies

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

Phone: 775.782.4325

Hours: 10am to 4pm, mid-May to mid-Oct.

Price: $3 adults, $2 children

Gift Shop

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.

Mormon Station

Location: 2295 Main Street, Genoa

Phone: 775.782.2590

Hours: Daily mid-May through mid-Oct. 9am-5pm

Price: Fee for group tours

Picnic Area

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

Phone: 775.847.0717

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.

Mackay Mansion

Location: 129 D Street, Virginia City

Phone: 775.847.0173

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.

Fourth Ward School Cultural Center & Museum

Location: 537 South C Street, Virginia City

Phone: 775.847.0975

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

Phone: 775.847.0766

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.

 The Castle

Location: 70 South B Street, Virginia City

Phone: 775.847.0275

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.

Territorial Enterprise

Location: 47-53 South C Street, Virginia City

Phone: 775.847.7950

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

Phone: 775.847.0968

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm

Price: No charge

The state’s oldest continuously operating courthouse.