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Nevada State Museum

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Address: 600 North Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701
Phone Number: (775) 687-4810
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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This museum focuses on the rich natural and cultural heritage of the...

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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Lots of fun, lots of exhibits

Went here not knowing what to expect, but was impressed with the quality of the museum. Lots of exhibits from geology to life in early Nevada to info on coins. It's worth 1-2... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Carson City, Nevada
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164 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you go to this museum to learn about Nevada and Nevada history, you will probably enjoy it very much. If you go principally because you might think you'd get to see lots of high quality native baskets and other native art, your money would be wasted. If you want to see eye-popping basketry in overwhelming numbers, go to the... More 

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Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here not knowing what to expect, but was impressed with the quality of the museum. Lots of exhibits from geology to life in early Nevada to info on coins. It's worth 1-2 hours of your time. If you're a gun lover, they have an excellent gun exhibit inside too. Also loved the gift shop where you can buy coins... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of great attractions covering the history of Carson City. Very modern and well maintained. Especially liked the mining displays. Highly recommend! Good for kids, too.

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Thank dhoag123
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

My husband and I are staying in Reno for a few months, work related. The weather was kind of junky outside, so we decided to take a trip to the Nevada State Museum since it received such good reviews here on tripadvisor. We were very pleasantly surprised and had a great time here! There is a really neat mining exhibit... More 

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Thank Lisa T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Just a fun place to make a family trip while visiting our Capital of Nevada, and kids have a blast at the end a mine is set up so you and your kids can experience the condition and touch what a mine looked like, that was so cool. So go down and learn our history what a tuff life back... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

At 8 dollars for adults it was very good value. We spent just under 2 hours in there & could of taken longer. Particularly liked the mining exhibit & loved the washing machine that had been purchased as new in 1930 & was still being used by the original owner when she died in1990. Staff very pleasant. Well worth a... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This museum offers a glimpse into Nevada's past. I've gone there since I was a child, it's changed and keeps up with the times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Museum uses the old mint with modern building additions. Make sure you grab a floor plan. Note that the second floor is split level. The mine is underground and it is easy to miss the entrance. If you have not found the mine and mammoth look some more. Good rain or shine. Open just about every day.

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Crystal Brook, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Has detail about the Mint and coin making. Broader background about Nevada from the native american past through the settling of the state to the nuclear bomb testing. Many artifacts from those times.

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Galt, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Most interesting .. thoroughly enjoyed the ghost town, the fire arms exhibit and especially the mine exhibit on the lower level. Much Nevada history to learn here, allow plenty of time to browse and read.

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