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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

Summer Family Programs

Kids of all ages are invited to join the Nevada State Museum in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons, June 2 through August 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. to enjoy hands-on, drop-in activities. Families can explore Nevada topics through demonstrations, activities, and art projects. No registration is required, and programs are free with general admission or membership.

  • June 23 (Archaeology) — Who were Nevada’s First Peoples and how do scientists learn more about them? Go on a mock dig and try your hand at being an archaeologist.
  • June 30 (Micro Adventures) — We’ll explore the tiniest parts of Nevada and see how much there is to learn when we take a closer look.
  • July 7 (Mining) — Nevada is the Silver State, but that’s not all we mine here. Come learn about all the ways geology rocks!
  • July 14 (Sports in Nevada) — Vegas is crazy about its new sports teams, but there is a long history of sports in our state. Learn about the teams that came before the Raiders and the Knights.
  • July 21 (Pioneers) — What was it like to travel thousands of miles before cars or roads? We’ll travel back in time to learn more about the pioneers who traveled across Nevada on their way West.
  • July 28 (Desert Seasons) — Seasons change, even in the Mojave Desert! Learn about the unique features of each of the four seasons.
  • August 4 (Bug Detectives) — Learn the clues that tell you who’s who in the insect world.

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.