Virtual Museum Tour: Nevada State Museum
by Gina Riggi,Outpost staff
Yet there he (or at least his skeleton) is at the Nevada State Museum, taking visitors to pre-historic mud pit that marked his end. The Imperial mammoth skeleton, the only exhibited one of its kind in the state, is one of the most popular exhibits with children, said Judy Hendrix, the museum's acting director.
"The mammoth is appealing because of its size and is a real favorite with kids," Hendrix said.
The mammoth is just one of hundreds of Nevada's artifacts on exhibit at the museum, which opened appropriately on Nevada Day, Oct. 31, 1941. Today, the museum receives about 100,000 visitors annually.
Displays of Indian basketry, archaeology, natural history, gaming and an underground silver mine to take visitors to days gone by. Other attractions include a walk-through Devonian Sea, a silver mint and a plate tectonics video in the Earth Science gallery.
Another favorite, although not with some very young children, is a walk-through ghost town and underground mine.
"The mine continues to be one of the most popular exhibits," she said.
The museum is part of the state's Department of Museums, Library and Arts for the State of Nevada. Its mission statement states:
"The mission of the museum is to collect three-dimensional objects covering the areas of pre-history, history and natural history, through the development of passive and interactive exhibits, through public programming consisting of lectures, seminars and exhibits, through its publications program and through scientific research conducted on its collections to increase the basic knowledge of Nevada's past and present."
Posted Dec. 1998