Clark County Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV 89002-8502 -
(702) 455-7955 -
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Open Daily 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
CLOSED Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
General Admission: adults $2.00, seniors and children $1.
Group Tours, please call for reservations and special rates.
Museum memberships are also available.
The Beauty of Purpose: Utilitarian Arts of the Paiute People
Friday, April 5 through August 25, 2019
Free opening night reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 5
The Clark County Museum will host a new exhibit called "The Beauty of Purpose: Utilitarian Arts of the Paiute People" from Friday, April 5 through August 25, 2019 inside its Heritage Gallery at 1830 S. Boulder Highway.
The exhibit features baskets, arrowheads, stone artifacts and other native Paiute crafts that are admired for their beauty and artistry today but were created for specific uses. The public is invited to attend a free opening night reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 5. Light refreshments will be provided by the Clark County Museum Guild., and exhibit tours will be conducted by Exhibit Curator Malcolm Vuksich.
"The items selected for this exhibit were created out of necessity, not aesthetics," Vuksich explained. "They were intended to be used every day, and represent a way of living with the land from what it provided, even when the resources of the desert Southwest were not so obvious."
The Paiutes, a tribe that occupied the territory encompassing part of the Colorado River, most of Southern Nevada and parts of Southern California and Utah, made baskets from plants and other materials that were available in the area and used them for a variety of purposes including harvesting and planting, storing food and water, and trapping fish and birds. Stone was carved into points for arrows, or metates for grinding, or bowls, shaft straighteners, and many other items.
To learn more about “The Beauty of Purpose” exhibit, call the Clark County Museum at (702) 455-7995 or visit the museum at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/museum.
The October 1st Collection|
Did you leave items at the 1 October memorials at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign or the median strip of Las Vegas Boulevard at Reno Avenue? Clark County Museum wants to hear from you. We would like to collect the stories behind the memorial items so that we can record and preserve the community's reaction to this tragic event. Please follow this link to share your story:
The October 1st collection at the Clark County museum is made up of tens of thousands of artifacts that help to tell the story of how the community reacted to the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The artifacts will be cataloged to record information such as physical descriptions, dimensions, and conditions. Each artifact will also be photographed or scanned for identification purposes. As museum staff and volunteers process these artifacts, you will be able to follow our progress by viewing identification photographs
The Clark County Museum is a function of Clark County Parks and Recreation, which is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. The museum is a 30-acre site that features a modern exhibit hall with a timeline exhibit about southern Nevada from pre-historic to modern times and a collection of restored historic buildings that depict daily life from different decades in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson and Goldfield.
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Donald Reynolds Printshop
Boulder City Depot
Candlelight Wedding Chapel
Ghost Town and
Click here to view a map that will take you to the Museum's points of interest. Then click on each picture above to view more information. Points of interest include, Heritage Street which is a unique collection of historic homes, restored to recreate the lifestyles of important periods in local history. Revisit the news at a replicated 1900s newspaper print shops. Railroad buffs will enjoy touring the 1932 Boulder City Depot and see a real 1918 Union Pacific steam engine and walk through an old-time Crummy, (railroad talk for caboose). Enter a mining exhibit filled with mineral specimens, wander though a resurrected ghost town and a half-mile nature trail... visit a pueblo of the ancient ones. No matter what your age, the Clark County Museum is a place where you can explore the rich and colorful history of Southern Nevada.
The Anna Robert Parks Exhibit Hall takes the museum visitors through a historical journey from the Ice Age to Age of Entertainment. The timeline chronicles the history and culture of the ancient Pueblo and more recent Paiute, the first Anglo pioneers and their daily lives, early town-sites and land auction camps, mining technology and the gaming and entertainment heritage of Las Vegas. The Heritage Gallery changing exhibits feature art and artifacts in their historical context. Heritage Street homes offer doorways into past decades, from the 1910s to the 1970s. The Boulder City depot and collection of railroad cars recall the railroad heritage of southern Nevada, while the arrested decay along the Ghost Town and Mining Trail offers a perspective on life in the hot and arid Southwest environment.
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