Hours of Operation
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (Closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25 and Jan 1)
Admission: $5.00 adults, Museum members and children under 18 free.
Due to major budget reductions by the Nevada State Legislature, the Board of Museums and History increased admission fees effective March 2010 to help support our museum.
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The Lost City Museum can be reached at:
The Lost City Museum
P.O. Box 807
Overton, NV 89040
Street Address: 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd Overton, NV 89040
History and Programs
The Lost City Museum was built by the National Park Service to exhibit artifacts that were being excavated from Pueblo Grande de Nevada. These Anasazi Indian sites were being threatened by the waters of Lake Mead as it backed up behind the newly built Hoover Dam. Eventually, when the lake was filled to capacity, about five miles of sites had been inundated or undercut by the water.
The Civilian Conservation Corps assisted in the excavation of the sites and the construction of the museum building. The building was constructed of sun-dried adobe brick in a pueblo- revival style. The museum also served as the park headquarters for the Boulder Dam State Park that was established at Lake Mead.
The museum is currently owned and maintained by the State of Nevada as one of its six state museums. Program include ongoing archaeological research on the remaining Lost City sites, school tours and outreach programs, changing exhibits and archival library and collections research capabilities. Special public programs are held throughout the year.
Artist Joan Day showcases her stone jewelry and paintings of animals and nature at the Lost City Museum in Overton throughout November. The show features paintings of American Indian women, and western scenes and themes in rustic earthy tones.
Originally from Paso Robles, CA, Day moved to Overton 12 years ago. Her work has been featured in previous exhibits at the museum and is displayed throughout California and Nevada. She said art became important to her at a young age. She majored in zoology at Mills College in Oakland and minored in art. Day also attended California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, where she studied biology and worked as a biological illustrator and wildlife artist.
“Like any artist in any age I’m trying to create art people are interested in,” she said.
The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. It is one of seven managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The museum is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5, children and members enter free. The museum is located at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd. in Overton. Take Interstate 15 to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park.
For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193.