If you’re thinking of taking the kids out for the day at the Springs Preserve, want to brush up on your Silver State history or if you’re simply a fan of old-school Vegas, then a trip to the Nevada State Museum is the spot to see and do all of the above.
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The Nevada State Museum relocated from Lorenzi Park and opened on the Springs Preserve property in October 2011. The two-level, 70,000-square-foot building is now closer to the Strip (about 15 minutes) and is twice the size of its old location. According to a museum tour guide, visitors to the museum have stayed as short as 15 minutes and as long as nine hours.
The museum features a 13,000-square-foot gallery with permanent exhibits, a research library, a gift shop, lecture rooms and a banquet hall, complete with a spacious outdoor balcony overlooking the Springs Preserve and the Strip. It is divided into two sections — its permanent fixtures and a rotating exhibit, which changes every few months.
The museums permanent exhibit takes you through Nevada’s geology, fossil and desert wildlife, as well as mining and railroad history. One section of note covers the Great Basin (the desert covering central and Northern Nevada, and parts of Utah, California, Oregon and Wyoming) from dusk to dawn. It features low level dusk-like lighting and the sounds of desert animals (as well as specimens) — like the great horned owl, cougar and Mojave rattlesnake — to set the mood. It’s a whole new level of Vegas nightlife!
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