We Need Your Help to Build an Exhibit
August 29, 2023 | Category: news | Tags:

The Friends of NSMLV is raising funds to purchase a Rio Grande Blanket to add to the museum’s collection. This piece will be featured in the upcoming The Old Spanish Trail: Connecting a Network of Paths exhibit, opening in January 2024. Beyond the exhibit, the blanket will help diversify the museum’s permanent collection.

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Discover the Life and Legacy of Liberace in a New Exhibition
May 11, 2023 | Category: news | Tags:

The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition on the performer and Las Vegas icon, Liberace.

Liberace: Real and Beyond opens on June 24, 2023. The exhibition will take visitors through Liberace’s life – including as a young prodigious pianist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the […]

NSMLV Hires New Curator of Learning and Community Engagement
April 4, 2023 | Category: news | Tags:

The Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas has hired Jordan R. Canal as the curator responsible for programming and education for the organization. This position is part of the Division of Museums and History within the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.  

Ms. Canal has over a decade of developing, executing, and evaluating museum education […]

Notice of Public Meeting: Board of Museums & History
February 7, 2023 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags:


Proclamation Names February 18 as Paul Revere Williams Day in Nevada
February 2, 2023 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags:

The character of a neighborhood or city comes not only from the people who live there, but also from those who design its residential, commercial and public spaces. The built environment in Nevada—especially Las Vegas—owes its unique look and feel to architect Paul Revere Williams (1894 – 1980), the first licensed African American architect […]

Cahlan Research Library to Close Temporarily
December 19, 2022 | Category: news, Uncategorized | Tags:

The Cahlan Research Library will be closed to the public from December 23 – April 3. Our curator will be on personal leave and the library will be unable to fulfill requests during that time. You may still submit research requests through the Research page of the website, but they will not be completed […]

1964 Camping Map of Nevada
September 5, 2022 | Category: History, Maps, Places | Tags:

This 1964 Nevada Camping Map is from our collections, and was published by the Nevada Department of Economic

Development. It details a variety of Forest Service, National Park and BLM campgrounds and outdoor recreation areas located throughout the […]

1940s Map of Henderson, NV
August 29, 2022 | Category: History, Maps, Places | Tags:

1940s Map of Henderson, NV

This map, from our collections was created by Woodruff’s Basic Photo of Henderson, NV, and shows the Basic townsite built to house workers of Basic Magnesium, Inc. (BMI). BMI opened in 1942 to process magnesium needed for WWII.  It created a migration of out-of-town workers and their families to the […]

1917 Map of Manhattan Mining District
August 22, 2022 | Category: History, Maps, Places | Tags:

While today Manhattan, NV is considered a ghost town, it once was a thriving mining area as this Manhattan Mining District map from 1917 shows. Located on the slope of Bald Mountain, its origins began with a silver strike in the 1860s, although this was depleted by 1890s. In 1900 gold was found, the town […]

1850 Map of United States of America
August 15, 2022 | Category: general, History, Maps | Tags:

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From our collections, we have a German map titled, “Vereinigte Staaten von Nord America und Mexico, 1850” or United States of America and Mexico, 1850. The map shows a large area marked simply as “desert” that would eventually become the states of California, Nevada, and Arizona.

While by 1850 Las Vegas was typically being […]

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