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Nevada State Museum in Carson City

Learn About the History of the Silver State

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Coin Press No. 1 at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, NV

Coin Press No. 1 at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.

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About the Nevada State Museum in Carson City

The Nevada State Museum in Carson City preserves and interprets the rich natural and cultural history of the Silver State. Numerous exhibits and galleries present subjects such as Nevada's Native American presence of some 10,000 years, the diverse plant and animal life in Nevada, and mining and other development since the arrival of the white man in the 1800s.

U.S. Mint at Carson City

The Nevada State Museum in Carson City is housed primarily in the old U.S. Mint at Carson City. The mint went into coin production in 1870, striking Seated Liberty silver dollars with the "CC" mintmark. Minting operations ceased in 1893, but the history of Carson City coinage has carried on through the present day. Learn more about this historic era by reading "History of the U.S. Mint at Carson City."

Changing Exhibits at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City

There are both changing and permanent exhibits at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Obviously, changing exhibits are updated periodically. Here are some examples of exhibits you might see.

  • Gifts of Healing:French Travel Posters 1945-1949
  • Slot Machines: The Fey Collection
  • Dress and Designer
  • Early American Motorcycles
  • 150th Anniversary of Nevada's Statehood (coming October 31, 2013 and continuing through 2014)

Permanent Exhibits at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City

These permanent exhibits can always be enjoyed during a visit to the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.

  • Coin Press No. 1 (operates periodically making commemorative coins and medallions)
  • Changing Earth Exhibit (with walk-through Devonian Sea)
  • Pleistocene Nevada Exhibit (featuring America's largest exhibited Columbian mammoth)
  • Under One Sky (history of Native Americans in Nevada)
  • USS Nevada Battleship Silver Service (made with gold and silver mined in Tonopah and Goldfield)
  • Timeline of Nevada History (includes tours of an underground mine and ghost town)
  • Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center

Visiting the Nevada State Museum in Carson City

The Nevada State Museum in Carson City facility includes the Dema Guinn Concourse between the old U.S. Mint and an annex building north of the mint. The location is 600 North Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701-4004. This is the main street through Carson City and a block north of the silver domed State Capitol.

Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. The museum is closed Sunday through Tuesday and on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The information phone number is (775) 687-4810.

The Museum Store is open at the same time as the rest of the facility. Here you can purchase books, educational toys and games, Nevada gifts, and medallions minted on Coin Press No. 1.

Tours and Programs at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City

Tours at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City can be arranged with volunteers and museum staff. School tours, group tours, and behind - the - scenes tours can be arranged by calling (775) 687-4810 x237.

You can always see the changing and permanent exhibits when visiting the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. In addition, there are numerous special events and programs throughout the year, including demonstrations of Coin Press No. 1. Learn more about what is happening and when with the programs and special events calendar. You can also read the online "Mint Edition" newsletter for more information about news and happenings at the museum.

Other Nearby Nevada Historic Attractions

Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas

The Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas is a much newer facility than the one in Carson City. It is located in the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and housed in a modern building at 309 S. Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89107. Be sure to check out "planning your visit" before heading to this museum to get the latest hours of operation and admission information. The information phone number is (702) 486-5205. You can also read Museum News, the online newsletter of the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas.

Sources: Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Division of Museums and History.

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