Museum’s ‘Eclectic Nevada’ exhibit showcases state’s diversity

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Those who think Nevada is little but sagebrush and alkali dust mixed with an occasional swath of neon will want to check out the newest exhibit at the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas.

A year in the making, “Eclectic Nevada,” is an interactive and bi-lingual exhibit that showcases the wide-ranging diversity of the state from coyotes to communications, desert adaptations to soap box derby cars, maps to motorbikes.

Visitors will be able to peruse the largest photograph exhibit the museum has ever presented, including, never-before-seen images of Hoover Dam constructions, railroads and Las Vegas locals. Photographs also tell the story of the Las Vegas Strip from the 1970s showing many properties no longer in existence.

“Of all the states in the US, Nevada has the most eclectic nature,” says museum director Dennis McBride. “Nevada is mining, ranching, and railroading; gaming and entertainment; big government projects; densely packed cities and wide-open spaces. This new exhibit is a smorgasbord of Nevada featuring artifacts and images museum visitors would not otherwise have the opportunity to see.”

Visitors will also be able to take advantage of interactive components of the exhibit, including being able to type on a typewriter, write cursive with chalk and stroke the pelts of Nevada animals on the museum’s “Fur Real” wall panel.

The exhibit includes texts written in both English and Spanish.

The Nevada State Museum Las Vegas is located at 309 S. Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas, on the Springs Preserve campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.