July Curator’s Corner

Did you know that when our museum was created in 1939 it was called the Nevada State Museum and Art Institute? With assistance of the Nevada Art Association (a former Nevada organization separate from the current Nevada Artists Association), our first art exhibit was presented in the east wing of the second floor of the […]

July 2021: Congressional Art Competition

I am elated to share that over 300 bi-partisan members of Congress participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition, an annual exhibition opportunity for several hundreds of high schoolers from around the nation to submit their artwork to their local member of Congress in hopes that it is selected for display in the Cannon Tunnel […]

June 2021: Carol Brown

This June, our Curator’s Corner examines two spectacular ichthyosaur fossils recovered here in Nevada, that invite us to consider the enormous depth – literally and figuratively speaking – of our geological history. Thanks to the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, our Nevada State Museum in Carson City is able to preserve, document, and share these fossilized moments […]

June Curator’s Corner

Did you know that the 1977 Nevada Legislature designated the official State Fossil to be an ichthyosaur? In 1989 this statute was amended to specify this state symbol as Shonisaurus popularis. There are two well-known examples of fossil marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs from Nevada. Specimens of one type have been found in the Humboldt Mountains […]

May 2021: Jackie Pias Carlin

In May our nation recognizes the numerous contributions that generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to the diversity and vibrancy of our history, society and culture. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month started as a concept in 1978 when the House and Senate presented joint resolutions to President Carter proposing that […]

May Curator’s Corner

Sadly, this is the second year that we had to cancel the Museum’s annual Lei Day event; however, in lieu of live music, hula performances, and lei making, I want to highlight the Museum’s small tapa collection. Tapa is the common name for cloth made from the inner bark of trees. Throughout the Pacific islands, […]

Nevada Capitol turns 150; museum to mint special medallion May 18 in Carson City

May 19, 2021 update: The Capitol Medallion will be minted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays throughout the summer, or until all 2,000 medallions in this limited series are minted.  CARSON CITY, Nevada — The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, will activate historical Coin Press No. 1 from 1 to 7 p.m. May 18 […]

April 2021: Resident Artist Program in Silver City

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” With the transition of seasons, and Spring in the air, this quote by architect Buckminster Fuller comes to mind poetically referencing the nature of change.  In Carson City, trees have begun to bloom, people are slowly embracing the warmer weather, […]

April Curator’s Corner

Two thousand twenty-one marks the sesquicentennial of the Nevada State Capitol . San Francisco architect, Joseph Gosling, designed this building with classic Greek elements, characterized by pediments and columns, softened with Italianate touches, such as rounded window arches, and its most distinctive feature, a cupola making it Carson City’s tallest building at its first centennial. […]

Numismatists: Book signing, medallion minting set for April 17 in Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nevada — Rusty Goe, author of “The Confident Carson City Coin Collector,” will sign copies of his newly published three-volume set from 11 to 2:30 p.m. April 17 at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City. Concurrently, the museum’s historical Coin Press No. 1 will be minting a special Abe Curry medallion. Numismatic history […]