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Nevada Historical Society

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Address: 1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89503
Phone Number: 17756881190
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The Nevada Historical Society's mission is to receive, collect, preserve...
The Nevada Historical Society's mission is to receive, collect, preserve, and conserve objects pertaining to but not exclusively related to the state of Nevada, Washoe County, the Great Basin region, the Lake Tahoe area, and the West as pertaining to the history of Nevada, in order to display, research, educate, exhibit and preserve the history for the people of Nevada. The Nevada Historical Society is home to the state's oldest museum. It was founded in 1904 with the purpose of collecting, preserving, and interpreting Nevada's heritage. Because the Society has been collecting for such a long time, the objects on display and the research collections represent exceptional historic resources. The Shepperson Gallery covers the range of life in Nevada and the great Basin from prehistoric native American inhabitants to the modern growth of Reno and Las Vegas. The Reno History Gallery covers the story about Reno's development from past to present. The Changing Hallway Gallery and Conference Room present ongoing series of temporary and traveling exhibitions dealing with Nevada and the West.
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Nice to have this museum, gift shop, and reference library in Reno. The historical society also displays watercolors and hosts lectures and special events. Parking can be a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
Reno, Nevada
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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Nice to have this museum, gift shop, and reference library in Reno. The historical society also displays watercolors and hosts lectures and special events. Parking can be a problem when the university is in session. Relatively inexpensive entrance fee. Definitely worth a visit and it's next door to the planetarium

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We visited the Nevada History Museum. The staff is very nice and explained the museum, the new items, and the research library prior to our doing the self paced tour of the museum. There are various historic gambling displays, displays on Reno history, Native American artifacts, mining exhibits, home life exhibits and more. In regards to the museum, its more... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We come to Reno on a regular basis and were interested in learning more about the history and this museum did not disappoint. We were there on a weekday and had the place to ourselves. The majority of the exhibits focus on the Reno area, it origins and founders. There was lots of information to read although sometimes it was... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Upon recently visiting the museum and research library, I found both to be clearly second rate, at the best. The museum is small and contains few if any ground-breaking or new exhibits. The explanations of the exhibits are lacking in substance and poorly done. The research library is also third rate, at best. The staff seems to suffer from ADHD... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was a small but nice museum chronicling both the history of the state as well as Reno in particular. Unfortunately, some display cases had been placed in front of wall exhibits so that the information was covered. Additionally, whoever wrote up the exhibit descriptives did not wordsmith them. There were misspellings, poor grammar, incorrect punctuation and capitalization, and hanging... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a small museum with good exhibits and photos and, of course, a great gift shop. They host community events, like the Art Show I attended, but good for a tourist visit anytime.

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Medford, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

we really enjoyed our trip to the museum. There was a scavenger hunt for the kids to do. We enjoyed the wide variety of exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Visit the exhibit soon, you will get an appreciation for the Reno, Northern Nevada area and for the contributions of Nevadans to USA. Did you know some 87% of NV land is owned by Federal Govt. & NV is enjoys 150+ years since granted statehood. Why? Visit soon, find out why.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

located on the university of reno campus, right near the planetarium, it is small, but covers a lot of reno's history. friendly staff.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

If you are interested in Nevada history, then this is the place for you. Located right by the UNR campus and Fleishmann Planetarium you can make a day of it.

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