Hours of Operation
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday - Sunday
(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.
Attention Long Distance Callers: If you are calling long distance you may experience problems getting through to the Lost City Museum. According to the local telephone company they are working with the Federal Communications Commission to try to correct the problem. See Federal Communications Commission’s news attached. If you are unable to contact the museum via telephone please email us at to
The Lost City Museum can be reached at:
The Lost City Museum
P.O Box 807
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.
.“Scenes from the Past” featured at The Lost City Museum in May
The Lost City Museum in Overton presents Western themed art by artist Janet Trobough through May 31 in “Scenes of the Past.” Trobough is an expert at etching gourds and enhancing them with semi-precious stones. Her expressionistic watercolor paintings of Native American women are considered energetic, with shades of earth and burnt orange.
Orignially from the Pacific Northwest, Trobough was artistic director for a chain of salons in Oregon, before becoming an artist full time. She moved to Overton and studied under artist Max Bunnell. Her art was recently featured in the St. George Parade of Homes.
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 Thursday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5, children and members enter free. The museum is at 721 South 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.
The Lost City Museum will be hosting a presentation on incised stones by Dena Sedar, the Curator of Archaeology, on May 25th at 2:00 p.m. Incised stones are small portable artifacts that have designs incised onto the surface of the stone and can be considered portable rock art. Come see examples of this intriguing artifact type and learn about the incised stones that have been found in Clark County, Nevada and throughout the entire Great Basin. The presentation is included in the price of admission.
The Lost City Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00; children and members enter free. The museum is located in Overton, Nevada on State Route 169 off I-15, exit #93 or via Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park.
The Lost City Museum is one of seven museums managed by the Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through culture and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. For more information, please visit the department’s web site at www.nevadaculture.org.