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The Way It Was Museum

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Address: 113 North C Street, Virginia City, NV 89440
Phone Number: 775.847.0766
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Well worth the visit. A video explained exactly how the mines were mined. The museum had all the equipment that was used when the mines were in operation.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
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Lisle, Illinois
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very neat museum. Should take about 35 minutes or so to walk through it. Has many artifacts and a nice video to explain the way it was on the Comstock.

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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I almost didnt stop at this museum because its on the edge if town. Im glad I stopped! This museum - as the name implies - gives a good impression of what is what like to live in Virginia City during the silver boom. There's lots if everyday items displayed and 3 short films to watch. They also expain the... More 

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Salt Lake City UT
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

While this little "step back in time" is not a bad place to visit, it does lack a little in the area of organization. When you first look at the museum, it looks like a junk yard of sorts and maybe for good reason since much of the artifacts are very old. I doubt that the facility gets enough visitors... More 

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Thank Ribboy58
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183 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Well worth the visit. A video explained exactly how the mines were mined. The museum had all the equipment that was used when the mines were in operation.

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Wyoming
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73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Especially enjoyed the diorama of the mine shafts underneath VC. Can't believe the whole town as not collapsed....

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Jerome, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Some interesting items, but not terribly exciting. Our grandchildren got bored pretty quick & there was lots they couldn't touch.

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Alhambra, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

In short, if you visit nothing else you should come to this museum if you are there for the history of Virginia City and the mining in the area. And for $3 you will not have to waste time with a lot of the other so called historical tours or collections. There is also a few videos that play continuously... More 

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Hattem, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Interesting and worth the entrance fee. You'll learn about VC back in the day, its mining history and the Comstock Lode (a mother-lode...). Good fun if you have some time to kill, but I can't say its a must see.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

For those who love history, this is a "must-see". Outside, there are artifacts from the early mining days, and inside a treasure trove of photos and exhibits chronicling the history of the Comstock Lode and Virginia City. There is also a continuous loop video that was very informative.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

The owner put together a great collection on display. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. There is a lot to look at and to learn about. Nice exposition. Worth your time. I recommend.

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