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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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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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History lovers dream!

This is the oldest museum in Nevada. It is a great place to learn about Nevada. The people who work there are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and you can tell that they love what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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reno nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the oldest museum in Nevada. It is a great place to learn about Nevada. The people who work there are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and you can tell that they love what they do. Don't forget to stop in to the gift shop for the perfect Nevada souvenir. I love this place!

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had about an hour between other commitments while in town for work, so my 10-year-old and I decided to stop by this small museum on the edge of the UN-Reno campus. Parking was easy, entry fee was inexpensive, and the small collection was very interesting. We both learned a lot in a short period of time! The gift shop... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is located near the Reno campus of the unit. of Nevada. It is moderate in size and contains old photos of Nevada's early pioneer and mining days, old casino neon signs, one-armed bandits (slow machines) and much of the old style living paraphernalia. A major section of interest is the American Indian lifestyle items.

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Thank RPata
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

great little museum, very informative. small fee to see but worth the money, tells history of casinos and the silver and early founders

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

This is a great place to visit for local history and information. Good for locals and travelers. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Just north of the university at 1650 North Virginia St. 775-688-1190. Small fee for entry. Not that impressed. Misspellings in displays. What?! I expected more from a historical society. Museum store was okay.That's it.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

I used the Historical Society's library to research the history of my 1907 Queen Anne cottage. It was then I discovered their galleries. I would recommend going there on the first Saturday of each month when they have guided tours of their galleries. The staff has always been friendly, especially if you have in interest in history. When I was... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The Historical Society offers wonderful lectures about fascinating (and sometimes funny) Nevada pieces of history. They also offer fun movies that take place or were filmed in the area. Tours of historical neighborhoods and are always fun and informative. The Library is a treasure trove of wonderful books and information.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

The historical society of Reno has the most interesting walks of the neighborhoods in and around Reno I am a local Real Estate Broker and have learned so much from this group. I highly recommend it.

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This is a fun regional museum staffed by -maybe-the friendliest people in Reno. I liked the history of the area, the displays and the unique titles in the gift shop. It is also a library for scholars and writers and was impressed with the ease of access to the collection.

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