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Tours take groups behind the scenes at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Why is there an artificial mud pit on the second floor of the Nevada State Museum? How did a stuffed beaver get the name Gus? What is the oldest Native American basket in the museum’s collection? Every museum has its secrets – locked doors, untold stories, wrinkles and quirks that tickle […]

Nevada State Museum exhibit features gifts from Korea

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea inspired curators at the Nevada State Museum to think about some of the interesting Korean artifacts in the museum’s collections – and how they came to be here.  A selection of those artifacts are on display in the museum’s Nevada Stories Gallery.  The crown […]

Victorian fashion and dress reform topic of museum lecture

CARSON CITY, Nevada – As settlers found their way west in the 1800s, so, too, did much of the fashion of the time, including the beautiful and elaborate gowns of the Victorian era. Modern-day observers see the clothing and can’t help but wonder ”Why did  they dress like that?” Jan Loverin, curator of clothing and […]

Carson museums team for Chinese New Year festivities

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada State Museum and the Northern Nevada Children’s Museum are teaming up for a community celebration of Chinese New Year on Saturday, Feb. 17. The event includes a parade on Carson Street, dancing and many fun and educational activities for youngsters. Festivities start at the Dema Guinn Concourse of the […]

Coin press demonstrations resume at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – After more than a year, visitors to the Nevada State Museum can watch the museum’s historic Coin Press No. 1 carry on a mission it started nearly 150 year ago in the very same building. The venerable press — which churned out millions of dollars in silver and gold coins during […]

Encore lecture tells plans for Stewart Indian School

CARSON CITY, Nevada – History enthusiasts who missed November’s sold out Frances Humphrey Lecture on the future of Stewart Indian School have a second chance this Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Nevada State Museum. Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, will give a brief history of the school and focus on future […]

Rail Explorers program debuts in Boulder City

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Riding the rails in Southern Nevada has a brand new definition – and a new type of adventure for visitors and locals alike. Rail Explorers – a business that offers specially designed pedal-powered, two- and four-seat vehicles that ride on the tracks of the Nevada Southern Railway – debuted this week […]

Museums launch pilot school transportation reimbursement program

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The sight of school buses outside Nevada’s seven State museums has become less common in the years since the Great Recession hit in 2007 as school districts dealing with tight budgets cut spending on field trips and their related transportation costs. Now a pilot program approved during the 2017 Nevada Legislature […]

Holiday craft making at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – People of all ages are invited to a holiday craft event at the Nevada State Museum that will be both fun and educational. “Family Fun Saturday: Holiday Crafts and Pines Are Fine” is scheduled for Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will be able to create their own […]

State museums participating in first Museum Store Sunday

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Make some room Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. There’s a new kid on the holiday shopping block. Say hello to Museum Store Sunday. On Sunday, Nov. 26, more than 500 museum stores worldwide are participating in the event. That includes four of Nevada’s state museums – Nevada State […]