One of the seven Nevada State Museums, operated by the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is the Nevada State Museum located in Carson City. Formerly known as the Carson City Mint, this museum showcases various exhibits, including the world’s largest exhibited Columbian Mammoth discovered in the Black Rock Desert and the silver service from the USS Nevada.

With its focus on preserving and highlighting Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage, the Nevada State Museum, Carson City attracts a diverse range of spectators. It offers an insightful journey through the state’s history, spanning from prehistoric times to the modern era, exploring topics such as ancient geology, the fascinating local fauna, the booming silver mining industry, and the rich culture of the American Indian tribes.

The establishment of the Nevada State Museum, Carson City was made possible through the conservation of the historical Carson City Mint.

While this mint operated from 1870 to 1893, it still
hosts the oldest functioning coin press in the country. Coin Press No. 1, the only remaining coin press of its kind, continues to produce medallions with the iconic CC mint mark. The museum, which opened its doors in 1941, houses a valuable collection that delves into the history of the American West.

This collection includes the intricately woven basketry of the Great Basin Native American people, the Fey Slot Machine Collection, a selection of guns from the Old West, cultural artifacts from Chinatown, and a magnificent silver service set crafted specifically for the USS Nevada battleship.

Nevada State Museum
401 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 687-4810