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Virginia City Museums

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Comstock Gold Mill

Virginia City's mining history comes alive with an operating 1860s Joshua Hendy (built in San Francisco) two stamp Gold Mill. See how gold was processed from ore to recovery. A narrated tour is educational and fun, see lots of historical mining equipment in one place. Admission

Dates and hours of operation:
12 pm - 4 pm Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesday
Season: May through October (weather permitting)

Location:
On the corner of E and Union Streets

Contact:
Phone: 775-742-9694

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Comstock History Center

The history center and museum displays one of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad's original steam locomotives, #18 Dayton. A fun experience for the entire family. The center houses the Comstock Historical District Commission and the Comstock Cemetery Foundation. Free

Dates and hours of operation:
11 am - 4 pm Thursday-Sunday
Season: Open Year Round

Location:
On the corner of E and Union Streets

Contact:
Phone: 775-847-0419

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Historic Fourth Ward School & Museum

The Fourth Ward School is the last one of its kind still standing in the United States. The 1876 Second Empire, four-storied state-of-the-art wooden school preserves the real story of life in a booming Old West mining town. Built to accommodate more than 1,000 students, the sixteen classrooms retain original patina, desks, maps and books.

The museum and community cultural center feature events and exhibits on alumni, local history, letter press printing and mining. Admission

Events:

  • Comstock Historic Preservation Weekend
  • Walking and Geology Tours
  • Parties of the Year 

Dates and hours of operation:
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Season: Open May-October

Location:
537 S. C Street
P.O. Box 4
Virginia City, NV 89440

Contact:
Barbara Mackey
Phone: 775-847-0975
Fax: 775-847-3271
Website: www.fourthwardschool.org

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Julia Bulette Red Light Museum

The Julia Bulette Red Light Museum is set to reopen in mid-June. The museum chronicles the life of the infamous Julia Bulette, the most prosperous madam on the Comstock.

Admission:
Closed for renovation. More information to come.

Location:
5 N. C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440

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LEC #1 Comstock Firemen's Museum/NV State Firemen’s Museum

Founded in 1979 by Virginia City’s volunteer Fire Department, this museum displays 19th-century firefighting equipment. There are many artifacts relating to the history of fire fighting on both the Comstock and throughout Nevada. Liberty Engine Company No. 1 is still an operating volunteer firefighting unit. Donation

Dates and hours operation:
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Season: May - October

Location:
117 S. C Street
P.O. Box 466
Virginia City, NV 89440

Contact:
Phone: 775-847-0717
Website: comstockfiremuseum.com

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The Mackay Mansion

This building was built in 1860 by George Hearst as the headquarters of the Gould & Curry Mining Company Office and later purchased by John Mackay, one of the “Silver Kings.” Between 1860 and 1950, bars of gold bullion were sold directly from the vault. Tour highlights include mining artifacts, original furnishings, Tiffany silver and great historical anecdotes. Admission

Dates and hours of operation:
Summer Hours: Daily 10 am to 4:30 pm
Winter Hours: To be determined by weather/or call the visitor center after 11 a.m. at 775-847-7500.

Location:
291 South D Street
P.O. Box 971
Virginia City, NV 89440

Contact:
Phone: 775-847-0373
Website: mackaymansion.com

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Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise

Mark Twain's desk, chair, books and most of the original furnishings and equipment of his pressroom are on display. This is the place where Mark Twain spent most of his Virginia City days writing for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. Admission

Dates and hours of operation:
10 am - 5 pm
Season: Open Year Round

Location:
53 South C Street
P.O. Box 894
Virginia City, NV 89440

Contact:
Sandy and John Bouie
775-847-0525

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Marshall Mint Museum

The Marshall Mint Museum is located in the Marshall Mint, a local merchant which features a full line of custom gold and silver medallions, nuggets, collector coins, bullion and jewelry. This mineral and gem museusm is housed within the historic Assay Office built in 1861. The Assay Office was the site for a large portion of the gold and silver assays made by miners for over 40 years. Visitors can see coints minted and jewelry produced in the press and assembly rooms. Free

Dates and hours of operation:
10 am - 5 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Season: Open Year Round

Location:
96 North C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440

Contact:
775-847-0777

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Pipers Opera House

Built in the 1880s, Piper’s Opera House attracted famous stars from Europe and the United States and is listed by the League of Historic Theaters. One of the most significant vintage theaters on the West Coast, this stage once welcomed President Grant, Buffalo Bill, Al Jolson and Mark Twain. Today’s guests at Piper’s Opera House can keep their eye out for the ghosts who are said to attend many of the performances. Piper’s Opera House has recently undergone extensive restoration, so please check the website for upcoming events. Admission

Dates and hours of operation:
Hours: 11 am – 4 pm daily during the summer
Off-hour tours are available by making advanced arrangements
Guided Tours: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. during the summer
Season: May - October

Location:
B and Union Streets
Virginia City, NV 89440

Contact:
Phone: 775-847-0433 or toll free 888-422-1956
Website: PipersLiveVC.com

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St. Mary's Art Center 

Built in 1876, the St. Mary’s Art Center was originally established as the St. Mary Louise Hospital by the Sisters of Charity and Bishop Patrick Manogue. The 36-room hospital included five wards and 12 private rooms that could accommodate more than 70 patients. Since 1964, the 14,000-square-foot hospital has been operating continuously as a creative retreat center for business meetings, family reunions, artist and writers workshops and more. Located on five acres, the center is open year round for workshops, exhibitions and special programming. It houses two large studios, four galleries, fifteen sleeping rooms, two communal kitchens, a large sunny dining room and artists’ lounge.

Plan your visit to the Grand Dame of Virginia City which is a National Historic Landmark.  The tours combine both history and art.  Glimpse into history and the lives of individuals who stayed at the hospital; wander through galleries and experience original works of art which are also for sale. Admission

Dates and Hours of Operation
Season: May through October
Days open: Thursday through Sunday
Hours: 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment

Off Season: November through April
Days open: Thursday through Friday
Hours: 11:00 a. m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment

Open Studio Tuesdays

St. Mary’s Art Center opens free to the public every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm, or by appointment, for artists, writers – anyone searching for a quiet retreat to recharge their creative forces and work on that special project. Free Wi-Fi is always available.

Paranormal Tours

The center also offers a special paranormal tour available by appointment. For more information please call 775.847.7774 or 775.847.0682.

Location

55 N. R Street
P.O. Box 396
Virginia City 89440 

To rent the creative center for a special retreat, occasion or event, please contact:

Phone: 775.847.7774

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Website: stmarysartcenter.org

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Saint Mary's in the Mountains Catholic Church

Virginia City is home to a number of beautiful churches reflective of the late 19th century culture. One such church is St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church, arguably the most prominent historical structure and institution in Virginia City. St. Mary’s in the Mountains Catholic Church, Nevada’s oldest Catholic Church, is open to welcome visitors every day. Having been preserved during and since the Great Fire of 1875, this is the “Mother of all Catholic churches in Nevada.” It was built by the 6’4” “Paddy” Manogue, who ministered to the hard-working Irish-Catholic miners for almost 20 years and then became the first Bishop of Sacramento, California. Enjoy a free tour of the museum and wine cellar and join us for Mass (Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.) in this beautiful House of God. Numerous church artifacts and photographs are on display and St. Mary’s also has an extensive gift shop that supports the small parish and restoration project. Donation

Dates and hours of operation:
Season: Year round
Hours: 7 Days a week
Daily: 10 am to 4:00 pm

Location:
Taylor and E Streets
Virginia City, NV 89440

Contact:
Phone: 775-847-9099
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Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

This museum is dedicated to sharing the rich history of law enforcement nationwide. Located in the Storey County Courthouse 1876 jail, the museum boasts the Nevada Peace Officers Memorial Room, a children's interactive room and an old time law enforcement themed photo studio. Admission

Dates and hours of operation:
Season: May - October
Hours: 7 Days a week
Daily: 10 am to 5 pm
Season: May - October

Location:
Storey County Court House
26 South B Street
Virginia City, NV 89440

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 17051
Reno, NV 89511

Contact:
Phone: 775-847-7800
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Website: www.peacofficersmuseum.org

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Storey County Courthouse

The Storey County Courthouse, built in 1876 after being destroyed in the great fire of 1875, is the state’s oldest continuously operating courthouse. Built in the Italianate style, the two-story seat of government houses a two-tier jail, courtroom and large iron-lined record vaults. The exterior facade is brick with details of ornate iron. The Victorian-era courthouse boasts a Lady of Justice statue without her blindfold. The story is that the county chose to not blindfold her to express that here justice was, and continues to be, not blind. Donation

Dates and hours of operation:
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Season: Open year round except holidays

Contact:
Website: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/nevada/sto.htm

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The Way It Was Museum

This museum displays the most complete collection of Comstock mining artifacts in the world as well as rare photos, lithographs and maps of the “Bonanza” period. Admission

Dates and hours of operation:
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily (weather permitting)
Season: Open year-round, except Christmas.

Location:
113 N. C Street
P.O. Box 95
Virginia City, NV 89440

Contact:
Phone: 775-847-0766
Fax: 775-847-9613
Website: http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/13263

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The Washoe Club Haunted Museum

The Washoe Club has been called one of the most haunted locations in the west. Featured on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” as well as SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters”, the building has earned it’s place among the elite haunted locations. Come see for yourself, memberships start as low as $20 per year and will get you access to the Crypt as well as the infamous Spiral Staircase. Admission

Dates and hours of operation:
Open year-round but hours & tour times vary, call 775-847-4467

Location:
112 South C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440

Contact: 
Phone: 775-847-4467
Website:  http://www.thewashoeclub.com/