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Nevada Historical Society

1650 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503-1799
+1 775-688-1190
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Nice Selection of NV History!

It's small but there are some unique gems here to see. The gaming exhibits were very good, where... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
orv m
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Montecito, California
Just Your Average Local History Museum

The museum at the Nevada Historical Society is a sideline to their real business of maintaining... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
lubbock09
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Lubbock, Texas
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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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1650 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503-1799
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+1 775-688-1190
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

It's small but there are some unique gems here to see. The gaming exhibits were very good, where else can you see the original "black book" photo of Sam Giaconte and history of playing cards, dice, and cheating mechanisms? The gaming section is even better...More

Thank orv m
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

The museum at the Nevada Historical Society is a sideline to their real business of maintaining archival materials related to Nevada history, and it shows. The museum is pretty average, saved only by the fact that Reno history is really interesting. Photo captions are confusing...More

Thank lubbock09
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

I really enjoyed learning about the history of Nevada in general (gambling, mining, Indians, etc.), and a section about Reno in particular. I spent several hours here and enjoyed every moment. And the employees are extremely nice and helpful.

Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

A very inexpensive experience for the whole family! The display of Native American baskets and artifacts are well done and the presentation of Reno history and Northern Nevada history is well thought out and laid-out. I recommend this educational experience very highly. The "gift shop"...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2017

This is an outstanding museum. It has something for everybody. Nevada state and local history. Indian items. It has a full room for firearms. A full room of stuffed birds and other animals. The old mint. Earth history. Collection of minerals. WW1 history / story....More

Thank jtobiassen
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Worked with the NHS and their staff on reserach for Goldfield NV. Donated many items to them for mining, Goldfield and UNR alum that were in WWII

Thank Gary B
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

The NHS in Reno, Nevada, is a little-know resource that has much to offer schools in the surrounding area and to the general public. Museum entry and docent-led tours are free as well as their History on Wheels program.

Thank Diane L
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

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...More

Thank NNGHJeadene
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

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.

Thank AVLocal2013
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

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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