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Our Nevada Stories: Objects Found in Time is on display in the N. Changing Gallery. Learn about the state symbols and Nevada minerals. See a detailed model of the State Capitol. Discover a beautiful historic quilt and the first known specimen of the North American Ice Age Cheetah, plus original American Indian art, and artifacts of historic value to people and communities.    

Finding Frémont: a Photographer's Journey, original images by Loren Irving, is on display in the S. Changing Gallery. Experience the excitement of following the footsteps of the explorer, John C. Frémont. Irving researched Frémont's 1843-44 journey through Oregon and Nevada, visited his campsite locations, and captured the mood, color, and seasonal light through the lens of his camera. Each image includes a passage from Frémont's journal.                 

FremontFinding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Nevada's Statehood, is on display through Feb. 2015. Frémont helped pave the way for settlers to come out West and Nevada became a state in 1864. The Nevada State Museum will feature an important exhibition on the explorer John C. Frémont and his "lost" cannon. The cannon was abandoned near the Walker River January 29, 1844, because Frémont could not get it over the mountains in deep snow. 

Solve the mystery of Frémont's lost cannon. See the original 1856 Frémont/Dayton Presidential Flag. Experience an exciting time in the history of westward expansion. Discover original reports, maps, and documents from the 1843-44 expedition, plus full-color contemporary photographs of Frémont's campsite locations by Loren Irving. The exhibit is planned in partnership with the Des Chutes Historical Museum, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. 



FremontcannonsmFrémont cannon in Shevlin Park, near Bend, Oregon. This location was the campsite of the Frémont Expedition on the night of 12/4/1843. Photo courtesy of Loren Irving.

The exhibit  includes a detailed relief map of Frémont's campsites in Oregon and Nevada. that corresponds to Loren's photographs. Schools can book guided tours which include a topo map lesson free of charge. Learn history, math, science, and geography while having a blast!







This original campaign flag from 1856 Frémont/Dayton run for President of the United States is just one of the rare items on display in Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West.

Gift of Mrs. Max Fleischmann

Photo by Jan Loverin, Curator of Clothing and Textiles

20131216_fremonts_sword_0024Other notable artifacts include Frémont's sword.






Take a walk through time at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Your first step brings you into the former Carson City Mint building where coins were minted from 1870 to 1893 - - 57 issues of silver, all bearing the distinguishing "CC" mint mark. On display is the formidable Coin Press No. 1 and a complete set of Carson City Morgan dollars.


Nevada's Changing Earth Exhibit explores the state's geologic history from 1,750 million years ago to 40 million years ago. The story is told through the use of original illustrations together with rock specimens and field photographs, as well as a walk-through Devonian Sea.


Visit America's largest exhibited Columbian mammoth found in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, reconstructed in his death scene fight for life in a small, mud-glazed water hole.


Explore Under One Sky, a Native American exhibit from their perspective and in their own words.  Find out when humans first occupied the Nevada portion of the Great Basin, the natural foods they collected and the skills they used for survival. See a reconstruction of a Great Basin cave containing evidence of past cultures and climate.


Be sure to see the USS Nevada Battleship silver service fashioned from 5,000 ounces (417 pounds troy weight) of silver from the deep shafts of the Tonopah mines and lined with gold from Goldfield. 


Walk through a timeline of Nevada history.  Take a tour of the famous underground mine. Meet some of Nevada's seldom seen creatures -- the Desert Bighorn, Desert Tortoise, Black Bear, Great Basin Rattlesnake, and Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.  Just a few blocks south of the museum at Carson Street, you can go to the State Capitol