Bring Out the Kid in You!
Nevada's museums provide a unique and interactive learning experience for kids young and old. Get up close to Christopher, a 1,000-year-old, 14-foot Columbian Mammoth at Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas. Take a ride on the historic McKeen Car No. 22, a self-propelled passenger car at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.
One of the largest natural lakes in Nevada is also among its most incredible, with a fascinating history to boot. Pyramid Lake stretches 125,000 acres and is the largest remnant of the ancient Lake Lahontan, an enormous inland sea that once covered most of the Silver State. The intriguing desert lake is a component of the National Scenic Byways Program, and the only byway in the country that is entirely within a tribal reservation. V
The small town of Beatty serves as the gateway to Death Valley National Park, roughly 100 miles north of Las Vegas. The rural community is rich in desert adventure and richer still in historical significance, with the incredibly preserved Ordovician fossils at the nearby Great Beatty Mud Mounds serving as evidence. In more recent history, the town was founded at the turn of the century as the main supply hub of what was known as the “Bullfrog Mining District.” At its peak, three railroads roared through Beatty on their way to the bustling nearby town of Rhyolite.
As impressive as Hoover Dam is today, it was even more so during its construction in the 1930s. The building of the colossal structure amounted to an engineering project that had never before been attempted. And at the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, visitors can explore the story of the men and women who braved the isolation of southern Nevada’s desert to build this magnificent dam.
For a true sense of Nevada’s Western roots, head to the Central Nevada Museum in Tonopah. From the famous to the infamous, the land’s earliest inhabitants to the later pioneers and miners, the history of this area is as rich as its silver veins once were.
Learn the stories of the pioneers who endured the 2,000 mile trek from Missouri to California, and the route that defines Nevada's history.