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Nevada's Oldest Cultural Institution

1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89503
Phone: (775) 688-1190 | Fax: (775) 688-2917

Hours of Operation:
Museum & Store: Tuesday - Saturday, 10a - 4:30p
Library: Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00p to 4p

Admission Fees:
(17 years and younger)

Society Closure Dates - 2014
July 4, 2014                     Fourth of July
August 30, 2014              UNR Home Football Game
September 1, 2014          Labor Day
September 6, 2014         UNR Home Football Game
October 4, 2014             UNR Home Football Game
October 11, 2014           UNR Home Football Game
October 31, 2014           Nevada Day
November 1, 2014          UNR Home Football Game
November 11, 2014        Veteran's Day
November 22, 2014        UNR Home Football Game
November 27, 2014        Thanksgiving Day
November 28, 2014        Family Day
December 25, 2014        Christmas Day

NHS Newsletter

Read the latest happenings about the Society in our e-newsletter.
Summer 2014 newsletter

New Article, June 3rd in the Review Journal 
Celebrating Nevada's 50th Anniversary, by the Book

50 Years of Photography by Jerry Fenwick

Jerry Fenwick is an internationally known photographer whose work has spanned five decades. He will be lecturing about his work tonight at the Nevada Historical Society from 5pm-7pm. And work he has donated to the Nevada Historical Society will be auctioned off to benefit the museum. Don't miss out on collecting one of Jerry's beautiful images depicting Nevada's nature.

10th Annual Biennial History Conference

Theme is 150 Years of Nevada History: What have we learned?
Planned for March 2015 - More information to come.

Nevada Historical Society History Gallery Tours
Artown and NV150 Event

Every Wednesday in July (these tours are free)
10:00 - 11:00am and 2:00 - 3:00pm

Reno Tour information and times:

Visit Nevada's oldest cultural institution and learn about Reno's exciting history through artifacts, photographs and a docent’s tour. Hear about the early railroad coming to Reno, the mining booms, the first automobiles, making gambling illegal in 1910 and legal again in 1931, prohibition, the divorce era, Reno as Sin City, the beginnings of the gaming industry, growth of UNR, the history of the Reno arch and Reno as the biggest town in Nevada from 1887 through 1950.

July 2 10am - 11am
July 2 2pm - 3pm
July 16 2pm - 3pm
July 16 10am - 11am
July 30 2pm - 3pm
July 30 10am - 11am

Nevada History Tour information and times:

Hear about Nevada’s wonderful history at Nevada’s oldest cultural institution, the Nevada Historical Society. Explore the history, artifacts and customs of Native Americans, frontier society, mining and agriculture, daily life, early transportation from walking through Nevada to the first plane in Nevada, and early Las Vegas and slot machines. Learn about federal projects in Nevada like the World War II bases, Fort Churchill, Hoover Dam, and the Nevada Test Site.

July 9 2pm - 3pm
July 9 10am - 11am
July 23 10am - 11am
July 23 2pm - 3pm


Nevada’s heritage starts here!

Established in 1904, the Nevada Historical Society is the oldest institution of its kind in Nevada. Learn more about our Museum, the Wier and Mortensen Research Library and our academic publication called the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. Join in the countless programs we offer or shop in our newly remodeled Museum Store.

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Volunteer Training Classes Schedule

The Docent Council is a volunteer organization that supports the mission and activities of the Society. They host two training classes each year, one in the spring and fall. What a wonderful way to learn about Nevada's history through volunteering at the Society. Docents perform vital work in all areas of the Society, including in the galleries as tour guides for kids and adults, in the research library, artifacts, manuscripts and photography collection, and in the admissions/museum store. Come and meet this fascinating group of people that share a common interest—a love of Nevada, the Society and a desire to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with others.

Fall - September , 2014
9:00am to 12:00pm

For more information, please contact the Society at 775-688-1190 ext 0 or email Shery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Research Library is Seeking Book Donations

We would like to add the following books to our permanent collection but we need your help.

1.     Lost Legacy of Carson Valley: The Rise and Fall of H.F. Dangberg Ranching Empire by Steve “Dick” Achard
        and Conrad Buedel, 2013.
2.     Blood of the prophets: Brigham Young and the massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will Bagley, 2002.
3.     Landing in Las Vegas, Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City by Bubb, Daniel K., 2012.
4.     Nevada’s Changing Wildlife Habitat, An Ecological History, Gruell, George E., 2012.
5.     Reclaiming Basque, Language, Nation, and Cultural Activism, Urla, Jacqueline, 2012

 For more information, please contact Michael Maher at 775-688-1190 ext 227 or email him This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Programming Event

June 13 thru September 27, 2014