The Nevada State Museum is a unique part of the overall Springs Preserve experience. Through expansive historic collections, the museum works to advance the understanding of the history, pre-history and natural history of Nevada, emphasizing Southern Nevada and its relationship with surrounding areas.
Housed in a beautiful, 70,000-square-foot building, the facility features a 13,000-square-foot exhibit gallery that stands as the museum centerpiece, allowing visitors to:
The Nevada State Museum is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission to the Museum is included with paid general admission to the Springs Preserve, and is free for Preserve members. Children under 18 receive free entry to the museum; however, regular child's admission applies to visit the Preserve.
In nature, "sentient" refers to something that is alive and aware. In "Becoming Animal: Standing Witness for the Sentient Wild," on display at the Nevada State Museum Oct. 30, 2015-Aug. 31, 2016, wildlife biologist and noted artist Sharon K. Schafer portrays the wild kingdom of Nevada's Mojave Desert with vitality and charm.
The exhibit features several dozen black and white photographs depicting desert fauna in a passionate portrayal of preservation and life.