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:
Fore! The Planet is eighteen holes of serious indoor fun! Explore a tropical rainforest, navigate a polluted waterway and learn how to make a wildlife refuge in your own backyard, all while playing a game of indoor miniature golf. Serious fun for the whole family! On display through Sept. 1, 2014.
The real animals in Vegas come out at night. Some are freaky. Some are sneaky. And, some are downright creepy. Come meet the motley crew at our live, interactive Vegas Night Life show. You'll uncover the Mojave Desert's nocturnal animals—geckos, centipedes, nightsnakes and more—and the "hidden nightlife" that happens while you sleep. Twice daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., through Sept. 1.
East and West collide gloriously as Japanese artist Sush Machida Gaikotsu, now based in Las Vegas, blends traditions to fashion his own brand of stylized art—revered in fine art circles and commercial endeavors such as Burton Snowboards. On display July 25-Sept. 27.
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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.Video »
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