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Nevada Historical Society

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Address: 1650 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503-1799
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+1 775-688-1190
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Nevada Historical Society's mission is to receive, collect, preserve,...

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.

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Awesome hidden hot spot

I love going through the museum and seeing Nevada's history. Also they have a library for research. Great to research but have an agenda when you go in there to research... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
NNGHJeadene
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Reno, Nevada
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Reno, Nevada
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love going through the museum and seeing Nevada's history. Also they have a library for research. Great to research but have an agenda when you go in there to research. Otherwise you might be sidetracked by other things. Also know your docent, make sure they are not out for their own agenda. But great place to talk to some... More 

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Alexander Valley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An enjoyable opportunity to get an overview of Nevada and Reno's past. The friendly and helpful staff will impress you. We'll visit again and recommend to others.

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Boulder Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the time to speak to locals and get around there. Art museums and history at best. Check it all out.

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Manila
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

The place is small but full of some very historical artifacts from years gone by. Great for us old natives and any visitor that comes to town.

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massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I was looking to get a sense for Reno's past and thought I would give this place a try. Nice small snapshot tour of early Reno well presented with artifacts and photos. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Note that parking can be tough as it is located on a college campus.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Don't go, unless you have a few hours. Get lost in time and you won't regret it. Have went here since I was a child.

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reno nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is the oldest museum in Nevada. It is a great place to learn about Nevada. The people who work there are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and you can tell that they love what they do. Don't forget to stop in to the gift shop for the perfect Nevada souvenir. I love this place!

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We had about an hour between other commitments while in town for work, so my 10-year-old and I decided to stop by this small museum on the edge of the UN-Reno campus. Parking was easy, entry fee was inexpensive, and the small collection was very interesting. We both learned a lot in a short period of time! The gift shop... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This is located near the Reno campus of the unit. of Nevada. It is moderate in size and contains old photos of Nevada's early pioneer and mining days, old casino neon signs, one-armed bandits (slow machines) and much of the old style living paraphernalia. A major section of interest is the American Indian lifestyle items.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

great little museum, very informative. small fee to see but worth the money, tells history of casinos and the silver and early founders

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