Free weekend for Reno area museums

April 30, 2015

Flashback Friday Museum Days is coming to Virginia City. During 2015, ten museums filled with historic Comstock lore are waiving admission costs on the first Friday of the month on May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, and October 2. Even though you won’t need to buy tickets, participants are encouraged to donate as the museums rely solely on contributions. Visitors that share photos and videos to social networks using #VCFlashbackFriday are entered to win two passes to an upcoming Virginia City produced special event, including the 56th annual International Camel & Ostrich Races and Taste of the Comstock. Here are the museums…

  • Comstock History Center
  • Historic Fourth Ward School Museum
  • Julia Bulette Red Light Museum (adult content; must be 18 years old)
  • LEC #1 Comstock Firemen’s Museum
  • The Mackay Mansion
  • Saint Mary’s in the Mountains Catholic Church & Museum
  • Silver Terrace Cemetery
  • Storey County Courthouse
  • The Washoe Club Haunted Museum
  • The Way It Was Museum

Day at the Museum at UNR – On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Day at the Museum event will feature a priceless silver collection, a meteorite from outer space, a collection of insects, animals and plants from around the Great Basin and the world, medical artifacts, and hands-on activities and giveaways. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is geared towards school children and their parents. It includes free admission to most of the venues and a map/flyer of all the museums. Each museum will feature a different hands-on activity and giveaway. Parking is free on campus for this event.

  • W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum in the Mackay School of Mines Building
  • Museum of Natural History in the Fleischmann Agriculture building
  • Special Collections and Archives in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
  • University Galleries in the Church Fine Arts building
  • Nevada Historical Society
  • Fleischmann Planetarium
  • College of Engineering K-12 Teaching Lab in the Jot Travis building
  • Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Park
  • University of Nevada, Reno Arboretum
  • Anthropology Research Museum in the Ansari Business building
  • Blackrock Press in the Jot Travis building
  • Great Basin History of Medicine Museum in Savitt Medical Library, Penington Medical Education building

W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum

W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum. Image courtesy University of Nevada, Reno

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