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The Way It Was Museum

113 North C Street, Virginia City, NV 89440
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Type: Specialty Museums
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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This small casual museum contains many artifacts & other items which don't seem to be organized in any particular order, but some are fascinating. Of note was a small wooden model of a working silver mine showing the special Square set timbering construction needed in the Comstock Lode. Another exhibit mapped out all the different claims by company, location, direction... More

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Loudon, Tennessee
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a great museum for the money. Lots of mining artifacts and displays. My only complaint is the lady at the front desk was smoking and the place stunk.

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Very inexpensive--go to the visitor's center first and you can purchase tickets for a discount. The history videos are okay--just a little dated. Pleasant way to spend an hour as you visit Virginia City.

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San Diego, CA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I've been to this museum several times through the years. I enjoy it each time. There are so many interesting items. I especially enjoy the 3D silver mine map that traces all the tunnels underground. ...fascinating. They have some really unique antiques such as an old dentist chair and slot machines. Also, they have displays of women's old clothing styles.... More

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Rocklin, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

It was a great museum that gave you tons of information of all the things that happened in Virginia City. I just wish they would update the history videos that they show. I think they were made back in the 80's lol - all in all it's a great place to get the Virginia City facts.

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102 reviews 102 reviews
30 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Good overview of the town's history. Inexpensive. Lots of neat antiques both from the mines and from the townfolk. Getting an idea of the way the mines were laid out was helpful.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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114 reviews 114 reviews
38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is one of those places where you can spend as little or as much time as you like. There is a ton of stuff to see. Lots of artifacts, especially from the area's mining history. I was so glad to find this place.

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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Small, not too time consuming, and a great way to begin your visit to Virginia City. Lots of interesting artifacts, from bottles to dolls, and an inexpensive entry fee. Its real worth is information - maps and diagrams - of the many mine tunnels that run beneath the town. Highly recommended.

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San Jose, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I liked this museum due to its extensive turn-of-the-century doll collection. It is a must see. The fee is like 3 dollars but well worth it. Also, this museum offers a video show reel of the history of this small mining town. A definite must see for those passing through the historical mining town of Virginia City, NV.

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Vancouver, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This museum is very small. Most people will finish in under an hour. If you want to stay out of the sun, or if you have children, for $3 entry fee per person (age 12 and above), it is not a bad choice.

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