Tours at the Nevada State Museum are subject to availability of volunteers. Tours can be scheduled with at least two weeks advance notice. It is more difficult to get a guide on Saturdays. Specialized tours with staff may be available as listed under Behind-the-Scenes or group tours.

The education office is open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday but the museum is closed to the public (no museum tours) on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Contact the education office at 775-687-4810, ext. 237 or or go to NSMConnect to request a tour.



The Nevada State Museum offers school groups free guided tours of the permanent exhibits including Nevada history, mining, the historic Carson City Mint, fossils and geology, plus American Indian culture and lifeways. We also offer tours of our Changing Exhibits. Reservations are required (at least two weeks in advance) for both guided and unguided tours; contact the education office at or 775-687-4810, ext. 237 or go to NSMConnect to request a tour

For the busy months of April and May, please make your reservation two-three months in advance. Home school and scouting groups are also invited to make a reservation at the free school rate. Guided tours are limited to 30 students with 5-6 adult chaperones; unguided groups are limited to 60 and we still require one adult for every 5-6 students to maintain discipline. Cell phone use and texting are prohibited during guided tours.

All of our guided school tours and children’s programs feature a hands-on component. To learn more, click here.



Behind the scenes tours are held on the last Friday of each month at Nevada State Museum, Carson City. Visitors can tour the Natural History collections (plants and animals) or the Anthropology collections (featuring the State’s basket collection). Reservations are required. Admission is $12.00. Go to NSM Connect to make a reservation.

A behind the scenes tour of the Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Center is also available. Hosted by Curator Jan Loverin, this tour explores the significance of the clothes we all wear. Visitors will see the collection area including hats and headwear, shoes, wedding dresses, quilts, and 19th-century women’s dresses. The tour lasts 1 ½ hours and can vary depending on the interests of the group. Open to groups of 10-20 people by appointment only. Admission is $12.00 per person. Please call (775) 687-6173 to schedule.