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Exterior of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas

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 glamour

Hours and admission

The Nevada State Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last entry at 4:30 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.

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Thousands of years of local natural and human history is waiting for exploration at the Nevada State Museum.

Columbian mammoth fossil at Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas

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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.

Nevada State Museum gallery guide app

Plan Your Visit

Before your visit, download the Nevada State Museum gallery guide on the Apple App Store or Google Play. For more information about the Nevada State Museum, please visit their official website.

What's New at the Nevada State Museum

Las Vegas Lineup

The popular exhibit, Las Vegas Lineup, has returned with an all new second edition, featuring new, unidentified photographs from the collections of the Las Vegas News Bureau and Nevada State Museum. The exhibit is currently on view at the Nevada State Museum until Nov. 27, 2018. The second edition features photographs from the 1960s, and showcases images that have never before been displayed to the public.

The photo collections at both institutions contain thousands of unidentified photographs of people living in Las Vegas, visiting the city, and guest appearances by unidentified celebrities. The goal of the exhibit is to have current Las Vegas visitors and residents attempt to identify some of these unknown photographs by leaving their guesses and suggestions in a locked ballot-type box. The original exhibition has been highly successful, with dozens of positive identifications, and has been extremely popular with visitors to the exhibit.

Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West

This exhibit focuses on explorer John C. Frémont’s Western journey from 1843-1844, when he earned his nickname “The Great Pathfinder,” and brought his famed cannon to Nevada. Among the centerpieces for the exhibit are the mountain howitzer that many believe is Frémont’s lost cannon, an archaeological discovery of mountain howitzer carriage parts, modern color photographs of Fremont campsites and vistas that retain their 19th century settings.

Also included are artifacts recovered from Frémont sites in Oregon, expedition maps accurately portraying the Great Basin, Frémont’s presentation sword and Colt pistol, objects associated with significant periods of his life and a flag from his presidential campaign.

Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West is scheduled to be on display at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas through April 2019.