Located in the heart of downtown Carson City, the Nevada State Museum’s permanent and changing exhibits do a great job of educating visitors about the state’s history and heritage. Whether you want to know about fossils, geology, Indian culture, mining, or see extensive collections of buttons, bottles, firearms, and other artifacts from early settlers, you’ll find it all in this convenient museum.
Part of the Nevada State Museum is housed in the actual historic Carson City Mint building. The mint’s original Coin Press No. 1 still operates here on the last Friday of every month to make commemorative medallions. From 1870 to 1893 the coin press minted 57 issues of silver coins, all bearing the distinguishing “CC” mint mark. A film shown in the Mint Theater provides the history of the famous “CC” mint. Also on display is a complete set of Carson City Morgan dollars and huge bullion scales dating to the 1870s. If you’re a collector, you’ll appreciate the detailed signage explaining the entire process of coining.
Nevada’s nickname is the Silver State, so it’s only appropriate that the USS Nevada Battleship’s silver tea service is here— elaborately fashioned from 5,000 ounces of silver (417 pounds troy weight) that came from the deep shafts of the local Tonopah mines. A walk-through mining exhibit in the basement of the museum allows you to see the workings of an old hard rock mine. A replica of a ghost town on the first floor depicts what happens to cities during boom and bust times. And if you want to see some really old history, say, 15,000 years old, don’t miss the gigantic casting of America’s largest exhibited Imperial mammoth. It was found in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert about 35 years ago.
IF YOU GO:
Nevada State Museum
600 North Carson St.
Carson City, Nevada 89701
The museum is open 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. $8 admission for adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members.
Parking is available in the free public lot on the west side of Curry St. behind the museum. Street parking limited to two hours. Persons with disabilities may use the designated spaces in the small lot directly west of the museum.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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In addition to writing about her travels, Denise Seith is also a treasure hunter and loves a good latté. She and her husband own an online gold prospecting and metal detecting equipment store found at GoldRushTradingPost.com