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Nevada State Museum

600 North Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 687-4810
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Ranked #1 of 28 Attractions in Carson City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum focuses on the rich natural and cultural heritage of the "Silver State." Visit to learn about local wildlife, see the bones of pre-historic creatures found in the area and the Ichthyosaur Shonisaurus popularis, Nevada's state fossil.

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93 reviews 93 reviews
50 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This was a fun moderately sized museum which gave a good overview of Nevada history, including Native American and mining. There is a ghost town to explore.

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Carnation, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

This is a 3 story museum with excellent exhibits that cover every aspect of Nevada's history with a particular emphasis on the mining in the state. The basement area is dedicated to a fine replica of a silver mine for those who would like the experience of actually being down in a mine. It is populated with life sized diaramas... More

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242 reviews 242 reviews
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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is quite a small museum but generally well laid out with some interesting displays. The special exhibition on Fremont was especially good. We never managed to find the underground mining museum & didn't have time to make an extra effort. Perhaps if we had I could up the rating to 4 stars.

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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The history of Nevada began in the Carson City, Nevada's State Capitol and the best way to learn about our uniquely Nevada history is by stopping in to visit the Nevada State Museum. Part of the Museum was once a U.S. Mint. Wander through the ghost town, learn about the topography when this state was once underwater, see the wildlife... More

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We stayed overnight in Carson City and called in to the musem before moving on to our next stop. It is much bigger than it looks, the mining exhibition is truly amazing - but then so is the rest of the offer.

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Pinon Hills, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

As an amateur coin enthusiest, I wanted to see the former Carson City Mint. We went on a Thursday and found free parking in the rear entrance. The fee was quite reasonable and we were handed a map to find our way around the multi-level site. We started first in the bird section. (Sorry, I had no interest so we... More

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A great bargain for a diversified trip through history, including a working mine deep in the ground (actually just in the basement but fun experience) and a ghost town (no ghost, but eerie sounds!). Loved all of it, the story about the Carson City Mint and examples of all the minted coins, the walk through time from ancient mastodons, gold... More

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Some blowhard kept yapping about everything he knew about the Carson City mint... couldn't ask the staff a single question due to is incessant babbling. Would have been nice for the staff to engage some other people as well.

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Lowell, Arkansas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Nevada State Museum ( admission is only $8.00 for adults including seniors) is a terrific bargain. The largest temporary exhibit was about Generall James Fremont who had a remarkably diverse career as a Civil War officer, failed Presidential candidate and above all as an explorer of the Great Basin area at the time of the California Gold Rush.This exhibit... More

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Saint Anthony, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The museum is a terrific bargain presenting the history of Nevada including everything from the geologic history of Nevada to atomic bomb testing at Yucca Flats. The ghost town exhibit was particularly interesting since we have visited Rhyolite on a visit to Death Valley. The history of the Comstock Lode and the impacts that mining had on the growth and... More

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