The temperatures are dropping and snow enthusiasts are hitting the slopes. But what if you aren’t a skier, or are simply looking for something fun to do that won’t leave you feeling chilly? Reno’s vibrant art and culture scene offers several options, including fine art and unique exhibits highlighting the history of this region.
Special events, guided tours and rotating exhibits mean every visit to The Nevada Museum of Art can be different and unique. Visitors can enjoy live music and drinks while exploring the galleries on First Thursdays. As the name suggests, this ongoing event takes place on the first Thursday of each month from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Each week, visitors can take part in a free guided tour with one of the Museum’s knowledgeable docents. Tours take place every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (except First Thursdays), and Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. There is always something new to see at the Museum as exhibitions change often in each of the many galleries.
Reno’s locally-owned fine art gallery, Stremmel Gallery, showcases contemporary paintings, drawings and sculptures by American and European artists. Oil paintings featuring scenes of the American West, by Tahoe-based artist Phyllis Shafer, is the current exhibition through December 10.
This is not your typical auto museum! The cars on display at the National Automobile Museum are brought to life with authentic streets scenes and sounds. Learn more about the late Bill Harrah, whose cars make up the majority of the collection, in ‘The Bill Harrah Story,’ shown hourly in the theatre. In addition to the incredible ongoing exhibits, check out the two special exhibits – Speed! and Rovers: Exploring the Moon, Mars and Beyond. The museum is open seven days a week and visitors can explore the more than 200 cars at their own pace with audio and smart phone tours.
Of course, if you’d rather head outdoors, Reno has plenty of art and culture to be found as you explore the city on foot. The MidTown District is home to more than 60 murals painted by local, national and international artists. Check out the Midtown Mural Map and discover some hidden gems! If you weren’t able to make it to the Playa for Burning Man, have no fear – you can still experience some of the awe-inspiring art installations at the Reno Playa Art Park. Take a stroll along the Truckee River and enjoy the sculptures currently on display in the Sculpture Garden in Bicentennial Park. A self-guided audio tour is available by dialing the number located at the base of each sculpture.