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Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas
Former name Nevada State Museum and Historical Society
Established 1982
Location 309 S. Valley View Blvd. (on the campus of the Springs Preserve) Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
Type General or Multi disciplinary (several subjects)
Accreditation The American Alliance of Museums
Key holdings Ichthyosaur replica (Nevada’s state fossil) and a 13-foot articulated mammoth skeleton
Owner Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs
Public transit access RTC Bus #104 (Valley View/Torrey Pines), Meadows Mall stop; RTC Bus #207 (Alta/Stewart), Valley View @ Meadows stop
Nearest car park Parking is free at the museum

The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas located at the Springs Preserve, in Las Vegas, Nevada is one of 7 Nevada State Museums operated by the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The name was changed from the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society in 2008 when the museum moved from Lorenzi Park in Las Vegas to the Springs Preserve campus. The museum houses items from the development of Las Vegas as well as the natural history of the area. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Accreditation

The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

First location

The 1982 museum was located in Lorenzi Park but was moved into a new building on the campus of the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, where it opened in October 2011.

Current location

The museum opened in October 2011, in a building completed in 2009 on the campus of the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas . The building remained unused for two years as a result of state budget constraints from the 2008 economic slowdown. The new building has 11,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space. It houses exhibits on regional and natural history with a 13-foot articulated mammoth skeleton and an in-depth treatment of Las Vegas history. Admission for children 17 and younger is free.

Coordinates: 36°10′19″N 115°11′25″W / 36.172070°N 115.190398°W / 36.172070; -115.190398

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