The Way It Was Museum
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Sheryl P
Beltsville, MD302 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a small building chock full of artifacts. If I understood correctly, many (most? all?) of the items in this museum belonged to a former resident who wanted his belongings preserved for others' enjoyment and education. That means that the collection is a little bit of a hodgepodge--very eclectic. Nonetheless, it has been curated as well as can be done and the collection provides the visitor with some interesting glimpses into early life in Virginia City. Be sure to save 30-40 min. to view the videos in the back room. They're interesting.
Written August 4, 2021
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Shannon H
Seattle, WA14 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
A lot of things were closed for the season, so this museum was a nice way to get a lot of information about Virginia City in one place. The artifacts were interesting (and some a little weird) and since the actual mining tours were closed, we still felt like we got to see a lot of the important things. If you can actually go down into one of the mines, I’d say you can probably skip this museum, but if you’re there in the off season, it’s a good way to spend an hour.
Written February 20, 2020
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Adam Glowacki
Buffalo, NY28 contributions
Nov 2019
Enjoyed our visit. Didn't look like much from the outside but a lot of cool and interesting things to see inside. Staff was very friendly and happy to answer any of our questions. Well worth the time and small admission cost.
Written January 13, 2020
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Mikefrommentor
Mentor, OH77 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Visited on recommendation of a local shop owner. Filled with articles from the beginning of Virginia City as a mining town. Explains how mining was done and how it developed. There is a small theater with short movies on various historical topics. Guns, barbed wire, whiskey bottles and mining machines are some of the objects displayed. Check it out.
Written November 1, 2020
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Christine S
South Florida46 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
I have just returned from visiting this museum with my grandsons. As soon as we opened the door we could smell cigarette smoke. We ignored it as best as we could and watched the video which seemed have to the quality of an old VHS tape. What we could see and hear however was informative. We then tried to enjoy the displays but the smell of smoke was too strong. As we were leaving we could see the cigarette burning in an ashtray behind the front desk. Isn't that illegal in Nevada? If not, should be, it spoiled our visit.
Written June 19, 2018
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Dale R
Stateline, NV324 contributions
Nov 2019
There is a lot of really cool and fascinating old stuff in here. Really a first rate collection of things if you are familiar with the local history and/or older mining techniques. The BUT is unless you are familiar it is a total mish mash of indecipherable stuff in no logical order. Very little labeling or explanation of exhibits. That being said is it worth the 4 bucks for adults? Yes. By the way, no restrooms inside.
Written November 25, 2019
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Spartan58
California266 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We had not been to Virginia City for more than a decade and found the visit well worth it. This museum is one for those who relish regional history. Be sure to have at least 2 -3 hours to view the exhibits, video, and the gift shop. There are a number of relics to see outside of the museum's interior walls too. The receptionist behind the counter was very helpful and hospitable.
Written September 22, 2018
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Annemarie C
Boston, MA31 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
This was a cute stop. A video about the mines in the area - very interesting, and lots of old items to look at.
Written August 2, 2018
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Sheila C
Sunbury, Australia281 contributions
Jan 2020
The museum covers a wide range looking at life in the mining community of yesteryear. In its heyday, Virginia City was a bustling town with churches, schools, and shops as well as the mines.
Written January 4, 2020
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Betty M
Oro Valley, AZ482 contributions
Jul 2019
This is pretty well organized place that covers a lot of history of the town, mining, characters of importance, fashions through time, artifacts and outdoor machinery displays. I found the miniature to scale reconstruction of all the mines UNDER the town the most interesting item. Not expensive and something for everyone. CONS: inside is not set up for children with lots of reading at exhibits and tempting things to "not" touch.
Written August 29, 2019
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