We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Nevada Historical Society

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Review Highlights
Packs a lot of Northern Nevada history into a small space.

The Nevada Historical Society Museum and Bookstore located on the University of Reno, Nevada... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Winter Springs, Florida
Worth it

This was a small place but had a lot of information. If you're interested in mint coins, come... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2018
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Read all 55 reviews
All photos (26)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
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...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
1650 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503-1799
+1 775-688-1190
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Reno
from $239.00
More Info
from $129.00
More Info
from $80.00
More Info
from $20.00
More Info
Reviews (55)
Filter reviews
54 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews gift shop native american baskets on display artifacts mining university nevada information photos museum coins gems docent material culture silver slot
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 54 reviews
Reviewed October 29, 2018

The Nevada Historical Society Museum and Bookstore located on the University of Reno, Nevada campus, is easy to access with open parking spaces not generally found on the University proper for visitors. There are interesting displays in the various rooms which pertain to different aspects...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank claireleefl
Reviewed May 17, 2018

They have a nice collection of state and local historically significant items in their collection, and it's definitely worth the small admission fee if you want to experience a little of the area's history. The old slot machine collection was probably the most unique part...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 871wesr
Reviewed May 16, 2018

This was a small place but had a lot of information. If you're interested in mint coins, come here. Also they had a really cool ghost town set up, with a trip into a mine (fake). Really worth the time.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 411Luv2Travel
Reviewed April 30, 2018

We came on a field trip for my sons 4th grade class. How neat to learn about the amazing history. The docent was great, she answered all of the kids questions and then some. The artifacts on display were great!! I had no idea that...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Trina B
Reviewed April 29, 2018

Wonderful resource for Reno and Northern Nevada. Display is mediocre, but materials available (especially those NOT on display) are incredible. Best place to go if you want to dive into the past.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank C-Z-1982
Reviewed March 12, 2018

It's small but there are some unique gems here to see. The gaming exhibits were very good, where else can you see the original "black book" photo of Sam Giaconte and history of playing cards, dice, and cheating mechanisms? The gaming section is even better...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 93108food
Reviewed March 7, 2018

The museum at the Nevada Historical Society is a sideline to their real business of maintaining archival materials related to Nevada history, and it shows. The museum is pretty average, saved only by the fact that Reno history is really interesting. Photo captions are confusing...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank lubbock09
Reviewed December 6, 2017

I really enjoyed learning about the history of Nevada in general (gambling, mining, Indians, etc.), and a section about Reno in particular. I spent several hours here and enjoyed every moment. And the employees are extremely nice and helpful.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Sharon G
Reviewed July 10, 2017

A very inexpensive experience for the whole family! The display of Native American baskets and artifacts are well done and the presentation of Reno history and Northern Nevada history is well thought out and laid-out. I recommend this educational experience very highly. The "gift shop"...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank kennethbG794AR
Reviewed June 20, 2017

This is an outstanding museum. It has something for everybody. Nevada state and local history. Indian items. It has a full room for firearms. A full room of stuffed birds and other animals. The old mint. Earth history. Collection of minerals. WW1 history / story....More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank jtobiassen
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 64 nearby hotels
University Inn
6 reviews
.72 miles away
Travelodge by Wyndham Reno
242 reviews
1.04 miles away
Circus Circus Reno
7,014 reviews
1.14 miles away
Motel 6 Reno-Livestock Events Center
68 reviews
1.16 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,062 nearby restaurants
Archie's Giant Hamburgers
79 reviews
.10 miles away
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
33 reviews
.89 miles away
Little Waldorf Saloon
67 reviews
.05 miles away
Roberto's Taco Shop
27 reviews
.90 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 287 nearby attractions
University of Nevada, Reno
190 reviews
.44 miles away
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
97 reviews
.23 miles away
Wilbur D. May Center
85 reviews
.27 miles away
Fleischmann Planetarium
163 reviews
.13 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Nevada Historical Society staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines