With its beautiful new Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve and nearly 20 more fascinating facilities dedicated to topics ranging from atomic testing to antique neon signs, Las Vegas—though not yet on the Global Cities Index—and its neighboring communities offer a broader cultural experience than many people realize.“There are moments for me that I will remember where I was—big moments in the history of the State of Nevada,” said Governor Brian Sandoval during the November 12, 2011 dedication of the new Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.“And this is one of them.” Following more than 10 years of work, the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas opened last October at its new 70,000-square-foot home at Springs Preserve.And take it from someone who has visited most of the museums in the state, the governor’s lauding tribute to the facility is just.The Engineer for an Hour Program offers serious train buffs the chance to pilot one of four diesel-electric locomotives.A new 7.5-inch gauge model train track is under construction near the museum’s lower parking lot.
Between 19, the 1,375-square-mile patch of Nevada desert was the stage for 121 above-ground atomic tests and 928 underground detonations from 1963 until a 1992 moratorium put an end to such tests.
Anthropological displays such as a large exhibit concerning Nevada’s American Indians and small exhibits about the state’s Chinese and Basque immigrants share the human diversity of Nevada.
As the exhibits progress to modern times, they take on a Las Vegas-specific tone that includes the city’s rise to entertainment capital, Howard Hughes’ substantial impact, and the ostentatious costumes of showgirls.
Grant permanently bakes his overlaid images, layer by painstaking layer, onto heated aluminum, resulting in beautiful glossy images that come alive.
In addition to the impressive exhibit space, the new Nevada State Museum also houses a massive collection storage vault, workshop space, research library, education lab, meeting rooms, event space, and a full catering kitchen.