The Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas has moved from Lorenzi Park to a new facility that is twice as large at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, an 180-acre cultural institution that houses gardens, trails and exhibits.
The new $51.5 million museum showcases the state’s history, geology, plants and wildlife. The exhibits include specimens of dinosaur fossils documented in Nevada, an interactive display on silver mining, and a multi-projection video detailing the behavior of Nevada wildlife from dusk to dawn. The museum also tells the story of American Indians, early settlers, miners, railroaders, ranchers and entrepreneurs.
One of the first new exhibits is titled “Unexpected Nevada” and features 22 images of state landscapes and landmarks taken by Cameron Grant. The photographer used a high dynamic range photography technique to enhance the pictures and then printed them on an aluminum background to make them even more vivid.
“With this larger museum, we’re able to create visitor experiences that focus on the entire state—something we weren’t always able to offer in our former smaller space,” said Peter Barton, administrator for the Nevada Division of Museums and History. “Before we focused on southern Nevada, but now we’re trying to interpret the whole state.” The new museum is open Friday through Monday. For information visit museums.nevadaculture.org.