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The Way It Was Museum

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Address: 113 S C St, Virginia City, NV 89440-9800
Phone Number: 775.847.0766
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Awesome and affordable!

It's really rare that you get to see anything worthwhile for a few bucks but this place rocks! Lots of neat stuff. I especially liked the mine tunnels diorama. Pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
John F
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Vacaville, California
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Vacaville, California
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159 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's really rare that you get to see anything worthwhile for a few bucks but this place rocks! Lots of neat stuff. I especially liked the mine tunnels diorama. Pretty impressive when you realize how many miles of tunnel there are in this area.

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Porterville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great little messing lots Of history, great for kids to see how things were back then. You can go through at your own pace which is nice.

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Romsey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tired but interesting little museum. We get the impression that the owner has been running it too long and perhaps it needs someone with a bit more get-up-and-go. But we'd still recommend it for a visit of up to an hour.

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Hollywod, Fl.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of everything we did in Virginia City, we liked this place the best. They seemed to have more historical artifacts and more photo opportunities. We spend more than 2 hours at this attraction. Be sure to sit in for the short movie with Merlin Olsen and Charlie Jones.

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

wonderwoman0718 nailed it with her review - "Some hoarders got together and put all their old stuff in one building". A lot of bottles and rusty metal - if you're into artifacts of the old west, it's a bonanza (see what I did there?). Can't argue about the price - very reasonable, and we got what we expected

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 445 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For 3 dollars, it's worth a stop in to see the history of the city , the mining and the people. It's a pretty good. Lots of things to see, and a movie too

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some hoarders got together and put all their old stuff in one building. Little movie room gives you the history of the city so a good first stop when going to the city.

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San Carlos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've visited Virginia City before many times, and a few years ago we visited The Way It Was Museum. The museum is located on C street, the main road in Virginia City. This trip, because we were visiting the city with a friend who had never been to Virginia City before, we decided to re-visit The Way It Was Museum.... More 

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Forest Grove, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It has a lot of interesting items from the past. My daughter was amazed at items from the old days and loved looking at everything.

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Federal Way, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quick stop here, but they have a wide variety of exhibits. The movie they show was quite informative although a bit dated. Lots of info on mining and it was pretty inexpensive.

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