Located in Carson City, the museum is housed in a former United States Branch Mint building.On display are collections relating to the State, the mint, natural history, mining, and archeology.

Some highlights of the museum are, displays of Indian basketry, archaeology, natural history, gaming and an underground silver mine.

The main focus of the State Museum Carson City Nevada history from 1850 - 1900, a period dominated by silver and gold mining. The walk-through ghost town leads to a silver mine where you can see what it was like to be a miner 100 years ago.

Also on hand is a fascinating collection of antique slot machines, a large exhibit of early model guns.

The Carson City Mint a branch of the United States Mint was the original occupant of the building and even though its now a museum there is a large collection of coins produced at the mint on display.

On the last Friday of each month Coin Press 1, the original press from the Carson City MInt can see it in operation. Visitors watch coins being stamped and then purchase medallions with the famous CC mint mark at the press or in the Museum Store.
Carson City Nevada State Museum
Carson City Nevada State Museum


Permanent exhibits include Under One Sky: Nevada’s Native American Heritage. Information on Nevada Indian culture from the perspective of local American Indians as well as the scientific community.

Spirit Cave Mummy: The oldest human mummy found in North America. Discovered in 1940 in Spirit Cave, east of Fallon by the husband-and-wife archaeological team of Sydney and Georgia Wheeler, were the remains of two people wrapped in tulle matting.

Pleistocene Nevada Exhibit: include a Columbian Mammoth skeleton that lived in Nevada over 15,000 years ago.

Plan on spending about two hours exploring the museum. Nearby attractions include Nevada State Railroad Museum 2180 South Carson Street, Children's Museum of Northern Nevada 813 N. Carson St Carson City, NV 89701 and the Nevada State Capitol at Corner of Musser and Carson Street.

Nevada State Museum 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, Nevada 89701 (4 blocks north of the State Capitol) Please enter through the new Dema Guinn Concourse Phone: 775.687.4810 / Fax: 775.687.4168

Open Wednesday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The museum is closed Sunday - Tuesday. Admission is free on Nevada day each year. There is a moderate charge for adults and the museum is free for 17 years old and under every day.

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