Quality Inn Near Reno-Sparks Convention Center
1885 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775) 329-1001
Fax: (775) 324-5402
Arts & Museums
This fine gallery is home to one of the most impressive art collections in northern Nevada. Opened in 1969, the gallery offers a vast selection of contemporary art works. Even the building itself has won awards for its architectural style. Among the many artists whose works are on display you will find Wolf Kahn, Manuel Neri and Michael Todd. Custom framing, restoration services and appraisals are also available. If you love art, you will love it here.
The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is a great place to bring your family to explore and learn about the history of the state of Nevada. Exhibits deal with nature, wildlife, environmentalism and renewable energy as they pertain to the region.
The Nevada Museum of Art is an environmental statement about Nevada's unique landscape. With 13,482 square feet of gallery space for major exhibitions, a 180-seat multimedia theater for presentations, recitals, and films, dining in Café Musée and street-level and rooftop sculpture galleries, the NMA continues to offer audiences of all ages a variety of experiences. The NMA's feature exhibitions showcase national and international artists. The permanent collection relates to issues of Nevada and the West with an emphasis on the environment. For more information visit their website.
If classic cars are your passion, then this museum is an absolute must-see. The 100,000-square-foot building houses one of the largest collections of antique automobiles to be found anywhere. The cars are grouped by age in street settings appropriate to their time. These real-life backdrops include everything from Burma Shave signs to old gas pumps. See the cars that were originally a part of the Harrah collection including a Cadillac that belonged to Elvis Presley.
This center is housed in the historic McKinley School, which was built in 1910. Stop by and marvel at the architecture of long ago. The schoolhouse alone is worth the visit to this beautiful part of Reno. There is always something interesting to see here, and in conjunction with the Sierra Arts Foundation, a rotating art gallery is offered free to the public. If you are in for a bit of exercise, cross the street and walk along the scenic, tree-lined Riverside Drive on the edge of the Truckee River.
This marvelous gallery is located just one block from downtown Reno. It is an absolute must-see if you're looking for the perfect gift or something for yourself. Watercolors and oils, mostly by Nevada artists, show the exquisite beauty of the area. Marvelous photography by award-winning S. C. Mignon and Linda Dufurrena is also on display. Other items available include hand-woven baskets, fountains, miniatures galore, glass, and copper 3D sculptures.
Learn more about the great State of Nevada at this neat place. You can see early gambling devices, slot machines, cards, and casino chips and learn about Dat-So-La-Lee and her million dollar baskets. Get a feel for how the Native Americans lived and survived this unforgiving land long before the European settlers arrived. Learn how silver played such an important part in Nevada's bid for statehood. The museum offers a full research desk and library to help you with all your research needs. The changing gallery offers different displays by Nevada artists and photographers. At the gift shop you can buy books and Nevada-made products that range from bookmarks to handcrafted jewelry.
This beautifully landscaped area is one of Reno's premier parks. The Great Reno Balloon Race and "Reno Celebrates America", a fireworks show on the fourth of July, are a couple of the major events taking place here. On the grounds of this huge park you will find the Wilbur D. May Museum and Arboretum and the Great Basin Adventure Amusement Park. You will find miles of walking or jogging trails complete with exercise stations, a large playground for the kiddies, picnic and barbecue facilities, with acres and acres of grass. For large groups, you can call ahead and reserve one of the many gazebo picnic areas available throughout the park. No admission is charged for park entrance.
This facility is totally far out! Learn how much you would weigh on Venus and about black holes in the universe. In the Star Theater, visitors recline in comfortable seats while the heavens open above them on the Skydome screen. Among the many exhibits, you can see a meteorite, weighing more than one ton, that actually fell in Nevada. The public observatory contains a 12-inch reflecting telescope so you can see the stars up close and personal. Call for more information on Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center.
Having traveled around the world more than 40 times, Wilbur May amassed an astounding collection of artifacts. He was a philanthropist and left a marvelous legacy for generations to enjoy. His collection includes T'ang Dynasty pottery, primitive African treasures and Egyptian artifacts and a genuine shrunken head. The trophy room displays big game from around the world; the tack room is loaded with western memorabilia. The arboretum contains hundreds of plants native to the high desert. Call or e-mail for opening hours as these vary seasonally.
In 1900, the Central Pacific Railroad decided to move the tracks out of Wadsworth, Nevada, and run them closer to the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The land for the new terminal and the rail yards is where Sparks is located today. It took four years to fill the swamp created by the Truckee River. By 1904, the job was completed and Sparks became the busiest terminal between Utah and California. You can see artifacts and learn the history of Sparks at the museum located three blocks from John Ascuaga's Nugget.
The town of Glendale preceded Reno as a settlement and was thought to be destined to be the metropolis along the Truckee River. Those dreams were shattered when the town was bypassed by the Central Pacific Railroad and the station was routed to Lakes Crossing in what was soon to be Reno. The first teacher of this little white schoolhouse, E.C. Sessions, taught in his home until this building was constructed in 1864. The cost of the building was $1,446, and to this day it remains a testament to the craftsmanship of the builder, Archie Bryant. Over the years, many early Nevadans were educated at this little schoolhouse, perhaps the most notable was U.S. Senator Patrick A. McCarran. The schoolhouse is open for visiting only by requests made in advance through the Sparks Chamber of Commerce.