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:
Ignite your imagination and step into the light! Playing with Light, on display through Sept. 5, explores our big bright world and the many ways in which science and physics create light!
Our Mojave animals are some of the toughest around, but who’s the toughest of them all? This summer, you decide! Join Springs Preserve zoologists and staff inside the cool confines of the Origen Museum for our live animal show—Desert Survivor, daily through Aug. 21, then weekends through Sept. 25!
Local artist Austine Wood Comarow creates remarkable works using multiple layers of clear cellophane, polarized filters and light in our new art exhibit, Mastering the Mysteries of Light. On display daily through Sept. 18.
Want to know what else we've got in the works? 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.
View a video about Native American history at the Springs Preserve.
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 »
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