Quality Inn & Suites
1795 Ironwood Dr.
Minden, NV 89423
Phone: (775) 782-7766
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Arts & Museums
Located at the foot of the High Sierras, the ranch is at the crossroads of the Pony Express and the Emigrant Trails, now State Route 206. The place was settled in 1863 by Norwegian immigrants Nils Morrison and his wife Carrie Sorenson. The homestead has remained in the family for five generations, and they now specialize in antiques. There's even a "finder service" if the Morrison family doesn't have what you want on hand. Refreshments are served everyday at the old ranch house, and guests can take a stroll on the Pony Express Trail.
This site was first established in 1851 as a trading post for pioneers traveling westward to the gold rush at Sutter's Mill in California. It was the first settlement in Nevada. There is a museum and stockade with exhibits that tell an interesting story. The museum hosts a large display of baskets and pottery. Antique machines and tools are on display along with a pictorial history of the area. Outside of the museum, you will find a delightful picnic area with tables and barbecue grills. Admission is free, however, donations are accepted.
Genoa is the site of Nevada's first courthouse, complete with its jail. It was built in 1865, in what was then a Mormon settlement. It has been restored in recent years and it contains a blacksmith shop and a gift store. You can find handcrafted dolls, books on local history and other Nevada memorabilia. The tour of the museum is free, but donations are appreciated. Genoa is a peaceful little village just a few minutes south of Carson City. There are still some interesting examples of original architecture in the area in addition to the museum.
This learning institution was founded in 1890 as a school for Western Indian tribes and operated until 1980. Today, it is a museum that collects and exhibits memorabilia from the school's alumni and faculty. Numerous events are held here throughout the year, including The Spring Awakening, Father's Day Pow Wow and Craft Fair, and the "S" Painting on Stewart Hill. Native American arts and crafts classes are also featured. The Little Rock House Trading Post is filled with handcrafted items like hides, beading, baskets, paintings, blankets and crafts supplies. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated.
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad was America's richest and most famous short line railroad. The remains of this notable piece of history are now housed at this museum. There are more than 50 pieces of equipment including five steam locomotives and several restored coaches and freight cars. The museum offers lectures, an annual history symposium, changing exhibits and the operation of historic railroad equipment. Before the collection began, Hollywood movie studios purchased much of the original equipment from the V&T and one can see some of the trains in old movies.
Formerly the Carson Brewing Company, this establishment is now home to such cultural treats as The King Street Gallery, operated by the members of the Nevada Artist's Association. Exhibits include oil painting, watercolor, acrylics, and sculpture. The Artisan Store specializes in handcrafted gifts and souvenirs made by local craftspeople. The Donald W. Reynolds Theater presents a variety of live performances throughout the year and is also the home of The BAC Stage Kids. There is also a pottery studio; art lessons and craft workshops are available for adults and children.
Visitors explore Nevada's history here through viewing a video on Nevada's admission to the Union, which is considered a major influence in the outcome of the Civil War; by reading the original state Constitution; or by touring the rotating exhibits. The archives also feature Nevada's first printing facility (1885-1886). Old newspapers, reflecting Nevada's colorful and sometimes notorious history, are also available. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful, and there is no admission fee.
The history of the second oldest capitol building west of the Mississippi is as colorful as Nevada itself. Completed in 1871, the cost of construction nearly doubled the amount originally bid by Peter Cavanaugh; with furnishings, the total rang in at over $100,000. The 1981 renovation cost nearly $6 million. The first floor features a mural, three feet high and 400 feet long, painted by A. V. Wiggins in 1917. Numerous images representing Nevada's industries are embodied in the work.
This building was originally erected in 1870 as the U.S. Mint, which coined more than $49,000,000 until 1893. Now a museum, it hosts about 250,000 visitors each year and has become famous for exhibits such as The Chinese Experience, the Dat So La Lee Washoe Indian baskets and Coin Press No. 1. Nevada's wildlife is also featured, namely the ubiquitous coyote, elusive mountain lion, majestic golden eagle, bothersome badger and the mischievous black bear. The silver dining service from the USS Nevada battleship, fashioned with silver from the Tonopah mine and gold from Goldfield, is also on display. Admission costs $3 for adults and $2.50 for seniors. Children under 18 are free.
Interactive and challenging, this museum for the smaller set is never dull. Even the adults will enjoy the activities, which often include local Washoe Indian practices and fun hands-on art projects. The grand old civic auditorium building that houses the museum is also of purely architectural interest. Special events for the kids perk up almost every weekend. See website for current listings.
This house was built in Washoe City by James D. Roberts in 1858. It was moved to Carson City in 1873 by Virginia & Truckee Railroad flat car. It represents a rare example of Gothic Revival architecture and is the oldest dwelling to be found in Carson City. It's also one of the few houses located on Carson Street, which is the main street of the city. Public outcry saved it from destruction and generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for refurbishment. Call for opening hours.
Standing as a testimonial to the wealthy are the beautiful estates of the Baldwin, Pope and Heller families. These summer get-aways for the upper crust were built at the turn of the 20th century. Dextra Baldwin built his estate in 1921. The museum inside houses Washoe Indian artifacts and Baldwin family exhibits. The Pope estate is now an interpretive center offering historic tours and a living history program in the summer. The Heller, or Valhalla estate, built in 1924, was the summer stomping grounds of the rich and famous. Appointments are necessary to visit the homes, but admission is free. Plays, Indian celebrations and other events are also presented at the site. Call for more information.