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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.

Current special exhibits at the Nevada State Museum

The Artistry of Pete Menefee: Costume Design for the Nevada Stage

A multiple Emmy Award-winning costume designer, Pete Menefee is famed for his inimitable work with musical superstars, variety productions, and Nevada’s costume-spectacular stage shows. This exhibit interprets the significance of Menefee’s work through photographs, stage costumes, and the designer’s original costume renderings. The Artistry of Pete Menefee: Costume Design for the Nevada Stage will be on display through Feb. 25, 2018.

Ranching in the High Desert: Five Generations, One Family

For more than three decades, Jeff Scheid has been photographing Nevada. Ranching in the High Desert: Five Generations, One Family captures the photographer's work with Nye County's Fallini family, who have ranched central Nevada’s arid desert for 150 years, and their day-to-day operations, including teaching the skills of roundup and branding to the younger generation. See it on display through Feb. 25, 2018.