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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 glamor

Current hours and admission

Current hours are Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date-specific general admission tickets must be reserved online in advance. No walk-up purchases will be permitted. Members of the Springs Preserve and Nevada State Museum need only to present their Membership ID upon arrival for entry.

Video: Nevada State Museum

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

Find Your Folklife

This new exhibit features photographs of Nevadans dressed to represent different cultural identities, each paired with a photograph of the same person in “everyday” dress. These photo pairs have been combined on lenticular two-flip panels so that as the viewer approaches, they see one of the photos before it flips to reveal another image as though by magic.

Out of the Wild

This exhibit explores the art and science of taxidermy, a preserving technique originally dating back to the 1700-1800s. Still popular today, taxidermy mounts create three-dimensional animals in life-like poses that embody animal behavior, providing learning opportunities about wildlife not normally encountered in one's everyday life.

Eclectic Nevada

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.