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:
Discover a land that's more than just snow! Take a journey to the fascinating and changing Arctic region at our latest traveling exhibit.
Arctic Voices is on display through May 18, and is a co-production of Science North and the Canadian Museum of Nature.
They crawl. They sting. They hiss. And we run! Let's face it, desert tarantulas, bark scorpions and centipedes aren't exactly the most charming creatures. But our desert can't do without them.
The BUGS! live animal show takes place on weekends at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through May 30.
Curated, produced, and presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Tour showcases a selection of works from the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards—inspiring and innovative work by teens from all across the country.
Now in its sixth year, the Tour is celebrated for being the most fresh and relevant look at creative work by young artists today. If you want to know what issues are on the minds of teenagers, the Art.Write.Now.Tour is sure to provide valuable insights through the lens of sophisticated and captivating artworks.
The Art.Write.Now.Tour is on display in our Big Springs Gallery through May 23.
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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