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Visit the Nevada State Museum

By December 28, 2012

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The Nevada State Museum in Carson City is a must-see attraction for local residents and visitors alike.

Coin Press No. 1 at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City
Coin Press No. 1 at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.
Photo © Stan White. Medallion images courtesy Nevada State Museum

The first thing you will notice is the building housing the Nevada State Museum. It is the famous old Carson City Mint, which began striking coins in 1870. One of the original minting machines, Coin Press No. 1, is still in working order and used periodically (such as Nevada Day) to make commemorative coins and medallions. Other exhibits in the museum cover the cultural and natural history of the Silver State.

The Nevada State Museum provides more than just exhibits to look at. The museum presents numerous programs and special events throughout the year, including those especially for children. Tours are also available. School tours, group tours, and behind - the - scenes tours can be arranged by calling (775) 687-4810 x237.

The Nevada State Museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, at 600 N. Carson Street in Carson City. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members. The museum is closed Sunday through Tuesday and on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The information phone number is (775) 687-4810.

If you are in the Reno area, you don't need to drive to Carson City to enjoy outstanding museums. There are numerous such attractions right here in the Truckee Meadows, ranging from the Nevada Museum of Art to the Wilbur D. May Museum. To see the wide variety available here and in other areas, visit "Museums in Reno."

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