Building on the Past - New Exhibit at Lost City Museum PDF Print

April 22, 2010

Lost City MuseumOVERTON, Nev.   The Lost City Museum is commemorating its 75th anniversary with the opening of a new exhibit entitled “Building on the Past.”  This new exhibit addresses the significant changes that have taken place in the field of archaeology and within the museum itself over the last seventy five years.

An exhibit opening reception will be held the evening of May 1, with a special presentation by Dr. Karen Harry, Professor of Anthropology at UNLV.  Those interested in attending should call the museum at 702-397-2193 for details.

“Building on the Past” uses a timeline to illustrate the changes that have occurred to the physical site of the early excavations of Pueblo Grande de Nevada, the museum that was established to house the recovered artifacts and the field of archaeology from the original excavation. 

“While time has allowed the museum to expand both its space and the message it offers, time has also worked with man and nature to destroy the very sites upon which that message is based,” said museum attendant Jesse Davies.

Established in 1935 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 Lost City Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Admission charge is $5.00 for adults age 18 and over.  Children and members enter free.  The museum is located in Overton on State Route 169 off I-15, exit #93 or via Lake Mead or the Valley of Fire.  For more information, call the museum at 702-397-2193.

The Lost City Museum is one of seven managed by the State Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs.  The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education.  The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives, Nevada Arts Council, Comstock Historic District Commission, Literacy Coalition, Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy, and Commission for Cultural Affairs.  For more information, please call Teresa Moiola at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s web site at

April 22, 2010
Contact: Kathryne Olson 702-397-2193
Teresa Moiola 775-687-8323