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Nevada Historical Society
Ranked #26 of 125 things to do in Reno
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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“Okay, but thought it would have been better...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2010

We enjoy museums and visit them no matter where we are. Since Reno is a sizable city we hoped that this museum would be very comprehensive . . . but it was only average, to be honest.

There are a fair number of exhibits. Many cover all of Nevada history and some cover only Reno. For the most part they are displayed well, but one thing that neither one of us liked is that the identification cards for the displays are grouped together on one side of a display . . . or sometimes at the top or bottom of a display. This means that you have to keep going back and forth, matching up item "A" with the appropriate description of "A". That system seemed less enjoyable than being able to see the item's description right next to it.

Some of the printing on the cards was kind of small and hard to read - especially if the card was over the display high up on a wall.

It was hard to see detail in some of the cases since they were too full, but as we got to the back part of the museum, some were empty. I'm not sure if they were in the middle of reorganizing(?) as there were no explanatory signs.

Overall, it's an okay museum and certainly not overpriced at only $4 each, but we left feeling they could have done so much more.

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