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Nevada State Museum

Mammoth skeleton

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:

  • Stand face-to-face with Nevada's state fossil, an Ichthyosaur Shonisaurus popularis
  • Step inside a stalactite cave
  • Watch holographic figures tell the tale of Nevada's miners
  • Witness an atomic explosion
  • See historic Las Vegas glitz and glamour

Hours and Admission

The Nevada State Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 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.

"Becoming Animal: Standing Witness for the Sentient Wild"

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 through 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.


Video: Museum Quality

Exterior of Nevada State Museum

The Nevada State Museum is just one of our many exhibits and attractions.


Video: Becoming Sentient

Photograph of animal from Becoming Sentient exhibit

Learn more about the "Becoming Animal: Standing Witness for the Sentient Wild" exhibit.



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