Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum is a unique part of the overall Springs Preserve experience. 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 glamor
Video: Nevada State Museum
Thousands of years of local natural and human history is waiting for exploration at the Nevada State Museum.
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Visitors can learn about the plants and animals that inhabit our great state, the rise of Las Vegas as the resort capital of the world, and more in the Nevada State Museum's permanent gallery.
What's New at the Nevada State Museum
Glitz and Glamour
Admire never-before-displayed evening wear and accessories from three decades of the last century, including one from the inaugural ball of Nevada Governor Donal Neil “Mike” O’Callaghan in 1972 and another designed by Bob Mackie in 1969 for the Miss Nevada Universe Pageant at Caesars Palace.
This exhibit features letters, photographs and other artifacts belonging to longtime Las Vegas resident Barbara Gates from her time served in the Women’s Army Corps during the 1940s. Gates documented her day-to-day life, detailed clothing and appearance requirements, and deftly related all the exciting new possibilities war brought for enlisted women.
Hundreds of artifacts are on display at the Nevada State Museum, but thousands more are carefully stored away for future exhibits and research! From communications to coyotes, maps to motorcycles, and desert adaptations to derby cars, the objects you'll see in Eclectic Nevada show the depth and breadth of our history from geologic time to mid-20th century.