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Nevada Historical Society

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Address: 1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89503
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+1 775-688-1190
10:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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History at best

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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Boulder Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

Thank molucca
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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.

Thank Robert T
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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.

1 Thank souzagar
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.

1 Thank proofpositive74
reno nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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!

2 Thank jmcgma
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 

1 Thank Jonathan P
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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.

Thank RPata
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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

Thank 838elizabetht
Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

This is a great place to visit for local history and information. Good for locals and travelers. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Thank Matilda Q
Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

Just north of the university at 1650 North Virginia St. 775-688-1190. Small fee for entry. Not that impressed. Misspellings in displays. What?! I expected more from a historical society. Museum store was okay.That's it.

1 Thank Cameron B

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