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1795 Ironwood Dr.
Minden, NV 89423
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Arts & Museums
Located in the restored Douglas County High School building, the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center offers several exhibits on such subjects as the Washo Indian tribe, Basque, National History, telecommunication, and a country doctor's waiting room. A museum gift shop, complete with Indian art, books, local crafts and souvenirs, and an art gallery are also on site.
Collection of Western art, boxing memorabilia, circus items, and an extensive saddle collection are showcased at this gallery.
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.
The first private fire company in Carson City and the oldest continuously-operating volunteer fire department in the western United States, this museum features photographs, uniforms, and antique fire fighting equipment.
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. A variety of events take place as well, including the Silver & Snowflakes Holiday Tree Lighting in early December. Admission is free.
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.