Reno Museums & History

Reno Museums & HistoryAs glitzy and inviting as Reno is today, it has a fascinating and sometimes surprising history. The people and events that led to Reno's development into the city that we recognize today are key to understanding and appreciating this oasis of fun in the middle of the Nevada desert.

Nevada Historical Society
The Nevada Historical Society is a museum that highlights some of Reno's key historical pieces like an architectural drawing of the State Building as well as other artifacts, documents and photographs that tell the story of how this part of the state was key to Nevada's economic and geographical development. Visiting the Nevada Historical Society is a nice break from the usual bustle, and you'll learn quite a bit about the ever-developing desert city that is Reno.

Address: 1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89503 - MAP
Phone: (775) 688-1190
Web: www.nevadaculture.org

Sparks Heritage Museum
The Sparks Heritage Museum traces the history and economic significance of how both mining and the development of railroads contributed to Nevada's progress. Through several detailed exhibits, artifacts and memorabilia, you'll gain a much deeper insight to how these two industries came to populate and eventually establish this rustic part of the United States.

Address: 820 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV 89431 - MAP
Phone: (775) 355-1144
Web: www.sparksmuseum.org

National Automobile Museum
Even though the National Automobile Museum isn't in Detroit, it's place in Reno makes perfect sense. Sure, the working-class industrial auto capital in Michigan provides the sweat that goes into the assembly of vehicles as we know them, but the National Automobile Museum is all about the glamor and glitz that those vehicles have achieved as they have become a central part of our social and commercial development as a culture. See over 200 vintage and antique autos, some owned by celebrities and others showcased in famous movies. Check out the gift shop and theater, too.

Address: 10 Lake Street, Reno, NV 89501 - MAP
Phone: (775) 333-9300
Web: www.automuseum.org

W.M. Keck Museum
Before the mining industry exploded to give the area an unprecedented economic boost, the minerals and rocks lay dormant under the surface of the earth. And before the industry of mining cut into the natural surroundings, rocks, silver and other minerals were just waiting to be discovered. The W.M. Keck Museum at the University of Nevada tells the story of that geological history through various exhibits that include fossils, mining artifacts and other items that reveal this fascinating side of Reno's history.

Address: 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89557-0208 - MAP
Phone: (775) 784-4528
Web: www.unr.edu

Truckee River Walk
Reno's downtown area is rife with historic buildings and architecture; to enjoy it while staying relatively cool, take a walk along the historic Truckee River Walk. The walkway winds through downtown and is not only scenic in its own right, it highlights the whole downtown area giving it an added touch of natural beauty amid the busy commercial landscape.

Address: North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501 - MAP
Phone: (775) 334-2077