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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

USS Nevada BB-36 Collection

The USS Nevada Collection at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, holds many unique artifacts from multiple donors throughout the decades, including the iconic USS Nevada Silver Service on permanent display in the History Gallery. These artifacts and archives help tell the story of this battleship and the men who proudly served on her decks. […]

Famed ‘Merci Train’ subject of museum medallion, lectures

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Seventy years ago, on Feb. 21, 1949, a train arrived in Reno carrying a slate-gray boxcar adorned with brightly colored heraldic shields and loaded with gifts from the people of France to the people of Nevada. Loaded aboard a special Virginia & Truckee Railroad flatcar, the historic WWI vintage French boxcar […]

Tours take groups behind the scenes at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Why is there an artificial mud pit on the second floor of the Nevada State Museum? How did a stuffed beaver get the name Gus? What is the oldest Native American basket in the museum’s collection? Every museum has its secrets – locked doors, untold stories, wrinkles and quirks that tickle […]

Holiday craft making at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – People of all ages are invited to a holiday craft event at the Nevada State Museum that will be both fun and educational. “Family Fun Saturday: Holiday Crafts and Pines Are Fine” is scheduled for Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will be able to create their own […]

Museum hosting community birthday bash for Glenn Lucky

CARSON CITY, Nevada – It’s a milestone birthday coming up this month for Carson City’s Glenn Lucky and the community will have the opportunity to take part in festivities honoring one of its favorite sons. The Nevada State Museum is planning a birthday party on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. in honor of Lucky on […]

World War I exhibit debuts April 18 at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – When the United States entered World War I – 100 years ago this month – it had more soldiers than guns. A shortage of rifles, machine guns and howitzers forced the American soldiers arriving in Europe in 1917 to use French and English weapons. A photo taken by the Photographic Section […]