The Oct. 19 Friends’ general meeting will be devoted to remarks by Kelli Luchs, the archivist for the Las Vegas News Bureau, and Ilana Short, who directs the museum’s photo collection and outreach.

     The bureau and the museum are jointly researching a batch of intriguing old community photos that lack vital details such as the names of people pictured and the date or place taken.

     This photo identification project is called the Las Vegas Lineup; the exhibit has been touring the Las Vegas Valley.

     Learn about the sleuthing required to maximize the historical value of such images, such as the red-attired performers above.

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The next general meeting of the Friends is on Oct. 19.

We meet in the museum at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

The museum is at 309 S. Valley View Blvd. 89107,

inside the Springs Preserve.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Our story, Your Story

     You’re invited to the debut of the Las Vegas Lineup, an exhibit of historical community photographs. The exhibit’s opening reception at the museum runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.

     The museum and the Las Vegas News Bureau are seeking information about these intriguing, but unidentified photographs.


     A member of the Friends has made a 3-minute video that offers a look at Tule Springs fossils that are held in the museum’s collection area, which the general public cannot view. The video shows remnants of a mammoth’s tusk and other bones, as stored in drawers for use by researchers.

Tusk Tour

Here's a 3-minute video tour, made by a museum Friend, that displays the Tule Springs fossils held at the NV State Museum LV. We call it the "Tusk Tour."

Posted by Friends of the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas on Monday, October 2, 2017


      A great hoodie will never go out of style. On chilly evenings, there’s nothing better than tossing on a hoodie to make sitting outside more comfortable. Try this classic blue pullover emblazoned with the title of Nevada’s state song, “Home Means Nevada.”

     Available for $40 in a variety of sizes from the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas gift shop. Made of machine-wash, tumble-dry, 50/50 cotton/poly blend. Makes a perfect gift for family, friends or yourself!


     On Sept. 14, Friends of the museum received a customized tour of the Springs Preserve’s newest attraction: the Waterworks, which opened to the public two days later, on Sept. 16.

     The Waterworks is located next to the state museum, just to the west. It demonstrates the process by which residents of the Las Vegas Valley receive their water. Interactive exhibits make the experience memorable.


     The Springs Preserve has invited the Friends of NSMLV to tour the new Waterworks attraction at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

     No need to RSVP. The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. It starts at the Waterworks entrance between Boomtown and the back of Nevada State Museum. Be sure to allow enough time to walk to the Waterworks entrance so you don’t miss the tour.

     Please show your Friends membership card to the ticketing staff and let them know you are going to a Nevada State Museum event so you don’t have to pay admission.

Curators Caroline Kunioka and Ilana Short will offer a free workshop
in the museum’s special events room on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Bring three of your old photos, and they will help you discover when they were taken. 

     On Saturday (Sept. 2) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., local teachers will visit the museum for an open house about the museum’s Traveling Trunks program. Each trunk is a trove of resources that a teacher may borrow when teaching on the subjects of: Nevada mining, growing up in Nevada, Nevada pioneers, the history of communication.

     We still need people to fill in Saturday time slots for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Volunteers will serve refreshments and help clean up. (A time slot for preparing snacks and drinks has already been filled.)

     Please sign up by filling out the electronic form at (This is located under the “Volunteering” tab on menu bar at left side of the home page.) Remember, one of our three missions as Friends is to serve as a volunteer!

     On Aug. 11, several Friends volunteered in the safe transfer of a valuable ichthyosaur fossil from one museum storage location to another.

     Curator of Natural History Sali Underwood, center, directs Robert Riemer, at left, and Wayne Pichler in the delicate operation.

     The ichthyosaur is an extinct sea reptile. It is Nevada’s state fossil.  “Ichthyosaur” is Greek for “fish lizard.”

      Volunteerism is part of the mission of the Friends of Nevada State Museum Las Vegas. Some Friends are helping to assemble a herbarium that emphasizes plant species which serve as host plants for Nevada butterflies and moths. Other volunteers are transcribing the museum library’s index cards to create a digital card catalogue. One volunteer has been working with the museum’s guest curator of textiles and costuming to preserve and display stage costumes from Las Vegas casino shows.

     At various public events many Friends have staffed information tables to spread the word on both the state museum and the Friends.

You’re invited to a panel discussion and reception at 1 p.m. on Aug. 12 to mark the opening of a new museum exhibit, “The Artistry of Pete Menefee, Costume Design for the Nevada Stage.”

     Costume designer Pete Menefee will be present at the event. He did costuming for shows on the Las Vegas Strip, including “Jubilee” and “Splash.”

     Other panelists include stage professionals who did dancing, wardrobe work and costume archiving.