Group Cultural Activities
Reno Tahoe’s ties to the past are reflected in many of the region's 31 museums, while an active community of enthusiasts continues to position Reno Tahoe USA on the cutting edge of art. Here's a sample of the area's diverse offerings
Nevada Museum of Art - Divided into five focus areas, the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, consists of over 1,900 works of art organized around the general themes of land and environment. The museum also features traveling exhibitions.
The Nevada State Museum - engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada's natural and cultural heritage. Exhibits include a replica walk-through mine and ghost town, the Carson City Mint, and Native American displays.
The National Automobile Museum - displays approximately 175 cars, many of which came from gaming magnate William F. Harrah's famous collection. The collection's stars include the 1907 Thomas Flyer, winner of the 1908 New York to Paris race. Other vehicles appear in rotation on the museum's "streets" in three galleries.
Nevada Discovery Museum - The museum aims to provoke new aspirations and collaborations among children, parents and educators. The Discovery is a place of open eyes, open minds and open horizons. Museum provides exhibits and programs that focus on the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.
UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center - Experience lively demonstrations of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s environment and find what you can do to keep Tahoe Blue. Discover how fun science can be with guided tours, group and student tours, hands–on activities and monthly lecture series. Recommended for children 8 and up.
Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center - As a public science education facility, it’s our goal to increase interest, awareness and understanding of these disciplines by offering quality programs and experiences tailored to all ages and education levels.
Northern Nevada's story is worth telling. With our region's outstanding natural beauty, its wide variety of cultural activities and excellent hotel casino-resorts, we provide an ideal destination for the cultural tourist. A distinctive experience awaits visitors; an experience associated with places and activities that authentically represent the rich western heritage of Northern Nevada.
V&T Railroad –Ride aboard restored railcars in Cason City and Virginia City.
Nevada State Railroad Museum – home to an extraordinary collection of railroad equipment, artifacts and related exhibits portray how the railroad helped transform the USA in the late 19th and early 20th century. Rides available aboard the restored V&T railcars.
Virginia City – Historic mining boomtown provides unique insights into the spirit of the Old West. The town is steeped with gold rush lore and packed with history that turned pioneers into millionaires. Many tour opportunities available including: mine tours, trolley tours, steam engine rides, Stagecoach rides and Piper’s Opera House.
Fourth Ward School Museum - Virginia City - Abandoned to the elements, the Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, seemed doomed until it was resurrected in 1986, 50 years after the school closed its doors.
Native American Culture
The Reno, Sparks & Lake Tahoe area is home to four contemporary Native American tribes: the Washoe, Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute and Western Shoshone. The museums and events listed below offer a unique opportunity to experience these indigenous cultures.
Stewart Indian School Trail – Carson City. Stewart Indian School was a boarding school established to train and educate Indian Children with the goal of assimilation. It was operational between 1890 and 1980. Self-guided tours available and guided tours on request.
Pyramid Lake Visitors Center – 30 miles north of Reno. Find fascinating historical material and information about the Paiute Indian tribe. Exhibits at the museum describe the tribe’s history and culture and offer insight into why the Paiute people hold the lake and its surrounding landscape sacred. Other displays at the Museum and Visitors Center focus on Pyramid Lake’s natural history and the many life forms that make the lake their home. Tours can be arranged.
Annual Tribal events - Pow Wows are the Native American people’s way of coming together, to join in dancing, singing, socializing, renewing old and making new friendships. This is a time to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians.