The name "Origen" was derived from two words: original and generations. As the interpretive focal point for history at the Springs Preserve, the Origen Museum features more than 75 permanent exhibits, an indoor theater and traveling exhibit space.
Wander and explore the connecting galleries, within which await documentary films, multimedia historical recreations, live animal habitats and much more. Some of the highlights to be found in the Origen Museum include:
Step into a macabre world of diabolical botanicals at Wicked Plants: The Exhibit! Meet the social misfits of the plant world—poisonous, carnivorous, nasty and altogether mean, these plants are on the attack! Explore their eerie secrets! On display through Jan. 4, 2015.
Candelit home altars, processions, offerings of food: All are rich cultural traditions of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). At A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico, view photos commemorating how villagers across Mexico welcome home the visiting spirits of departed relatives. On display through Jan. 19, 2015.
Want to know about our next traveling exhibit and art show? See what's coming soon!
Shown in our 156-seat Big Springs Theater, "Miracle in the Mojave," introduces visitors to the Springs Preserve. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the film explores the natural history of the region and takes an in-depth look at the importance of water in its development.
We also show entertaining educational films several times throughout each weekend inside the theater, with themes tied into each month's programming. Check our Events & Classes calendar for the current line-up.
One of the Preserve's most popular exhibits, this theater space recreates a desert ravine, emulating the beauty and tranquility of the desert, until a thundering storm erupts. Suddenly, more than 5,000 gallons of recycled water rushes through a simulated canyon, crashing around and below your feet. Both exhilarating and educational, the Flash Flood exhibit will leave you with an appreciation for the awesome power of desert flash floods and their impact. View a video about our Flash Flood exhibit.
Immerse yourself in the famous 1905 land auction that set the stage for the boom town that Las Vegas would become. Life-sized, sculpted figures and audio narration from the "people" recreates the experience of the city's birth.
Step onto a recreated railroad car from the early 20th century as seated, sculpted figures tell stories about the early days of the railroad.
Explore the lives of the Las Vegas Valley's original inhabitants through a series of recreations, including an archaeologist's tent, a Puebloan dwelling room, a Patayan and Paiute garden, a group of Southern Paiute wickiups, and a Mojave pithouse.
Learn about the history and construction of Hoover Dam in "Dam, This is a Lot of Work," an immersive experience tying together a short documentary film and a scaled recreation of the dam itself.
The Origen Museum speaks to the origin of our city and the generations that have passed through here.
Take a virtual tour of the exhibits featured inside the Origen Museum.Photos »
Subscribe to receive e-mail messages about events and activities at the Preserve.