Nevada's Big Give is March 23rd, 2017

Nevada’s Big Give – Help Us Raise Money for Field Trips & More

This is the first year that Friends of NSMLV have participated in Nevada’s Big Give, and we are excited about their fundraising goals!

Donating During Nevada’s Big Give Will Help Fund:

  • The Friends of NSMLV have a School Bus program. They pay for buses to bring Clark County fourth graders to the museum on field trips. their goal is to pay for 20 trips by the end of 2017. This means about 1280 kids from under-served Clark County schools will visit the museum and participate in activities with the Education Curator.
  • The butterfly and moth collections at NSMLV are remarkable and irreplaceable sources of information about Nevada insects and the world they inhabit.  The friends are working with NSMLV to photograph and catalog 20,000 insects in the museum’s collection.  Computer equipment is needed to store information about the bugs, and upload it to the web for public access.  The Friends’  goal is to buy one refurbished laptop, and two refurbished desktop computers.

Nevada’s Big Give is March 23rd, but you can donate any time you want before then!

You Can Donate Here

Two Deserts One Sky

Two Deserts, One Sky

Join us for the opening of our new exhibit:

Two Deserts, One Sky
A Student Collaboration Between Rajasthan, India and Southern Nevada, U.S.A.

This innovative collaboration was developed to connect students, ages 8-12, in the Mojave Desert of southern Nevada with their peers in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India in an effort to promote global environmental education through fine art, photography, and science.

Guided by artist and wildlife biologist Sharon K. Schafer, students experienced project-based learning on a global scale and gained an understanding of, not just the issues being faced in their community, but also of similar issues and concerns around the world.

Schafer and local instructors worked with students on both continents to guide students in documenting the natural history of their region with photographs. The project and resulting photographic mural exhibit is committed to arid land environmental education and dedicated to fostering an understanding between cultures of our shared responsibilities to our fragile planet.

The AFC Flag Expedition Program is a unique program established and operated by the Artists for Conservation Foundation (, making possible the artistic field study and rendering of unique threatened habitats, and rare or endangered species deserving of greater public attention.

Watch out for creepy photobombers.

5 Tips for Museum Selfies

In honor of Museum Selfie Day (01/18/2017), the staff at NSMLV has compiled very serious and helpful tips to make sure you get the most out of your selfies. Museums are stuffy places of great dignity and photos should reflect that time-honored tradition. Museum selfies are a fun way to become part of the story and to share your experiences with your friends. In fact, curators take museum selfies almost every day. We want to see your selfies!

You can celebrate museum selfie day by posting your selfies on social media using the hashtags #museumselfie and #nsmlv. We will repost our favorites on twitter, instagram, or facebook. You can use these tips to help take good selfies.


1. Be aware of your surroundings. Much like HBO programs, some exhibits may be frightening for younger or more sensitive visitors.

Be aware of your surroundings

Be aware of your surroundings


2. Make sure your hair doesn’t match the exhibit. This selfie in front of the showgirl wall didn’t really work out.

Make sure your hair doesn't match the exhibit

Make sure your hair doesn’t match the exhibit

3. Avoid shots that make it look like something is growing out of your head. (Well, unless that’s what you want).

Avoid shots that make it look like something is growing out of your head.

Avoid shots that make it look like something is growing out of your head.

4. Double-check your props. This is especially difficult when dealing with ancient technology. When in doubt, ask a curator.

Double-check your props.

Double-check your props.

5. Watch out for creepy photobombers. They are a real problem in museums. You never know if you’ll get a ghost, mammoth, or curator in your selfies.

Watch out for creepy photobombers.

Watch out for creepy photobombers.


Download the complete infographic here:

The NSMLV Guide to Museum Selfies

The NSMLV Guide to Museum Selfies

Save Your Family History – Digitize Your Family Photos

Crystal Van Dee and Ilana Short, museum curators, will show you how to preserve your family photos for future generations. Participants will learn about different digital formats and ways to record and store digital images.

Admission is $5 at the door and free for Friends of NSMLV.

January 21, 2017
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
NSMLV Special Events Room

Showgirls, showgirls, showgirls!

Showgirls, showgirls, showgirls!

Showgirls, Showgirls, Showgirls, as in what are they are wearing.

Karan Feder shares her expertise concerning costuming in relation to the elaborate production shows with a special emphasis “Les Folies Bergere.”

Nevada State Museum, 309 South Valley View Blvd.  

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
11:30 am
Cost for lunch $15.00, cash only please

Please RSVP to Joe Thomson at or 702-656-8738

Snow on the Esslinger Farm, Las Vegas - December 1960

Christmas & Snow in Las Vegas


Proudly hosts an afternoon of Christmas and Snow in Las Vegas.

Join us in sharing memories of historical Christmas in Las Vegas and the rare occasions when it has snowed during the winter months.

Feel free to bring along images or mementos that you would like to include in the conversation

Nevada State Museum, 309 South Valley View Blvd.

Tuesday December 13th


Cost for lunch $15.00, cash only please

Please RSVP to Joe Thomson at or 702-656-8738

Albums from the Greeno Collection on Exhibit

Branding Las Vegas, 1941 – 1958: Highlights from the Greeno Collection

On July 8, 2016, the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas opened a new exhibit titled Branding Las Vegas, 1941 – 1958: Highlights from the Greeno Collection. The exhibit describes, with artifacts from the recently acquired Richard and Nancy Greeno Collection of Las Vegas memorabilia and photographs from the Museum’s J. Florian Mitchell Collection, how the Las Vegas Strip’s first 13 hotel-casinos branded themselves. These resorts adopted distinctive themes which they expressed in part through colorful logos: a genie, palm trees, and minarets depicted the Dunes’ Middle Eastern theme; the Tropicana’s elaborate fountain hinted at European elegance; while the Stardust’s planet Earth and atomic stars reflected Space-Age modernism. Hotels placed their logos on ashtrays and matchbooks, tableware, thermos bottles, flight bags, souvenirs and giveaways of every description. These items, bought or pilfered by tourists, were carried across the world, spreading the hotel’s advertising and logo image far and wide, and earning Las Vegas the title of Entertainment Capital of the World.


With more than 8,000 items, the Richard and Nancy Greeno Collection of Las Vegas memorabilia is one of the largest such collections in the United States. Representing several decades of collecting, the Greeno Collection includes not only memorabilia and ephemera from all of Las Vegas’ major hotel-casino properties from 1941 to the present, but includes a significant collection of roulette-related artifacts, entertainment memorabilia, and items associated with organized crime.

MPartial mammoth tusk from Tule Springsammoth tusk from Tule Springs

Fossils from Tule Springs on Exhibit

On June 25, 2015 the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas received fossil specimens from the National Park Services Tule Springs Fossil Bed National Monument from the San Bernardino County Museum in California. The museum is acting as a temporary repository for over 10,000 specimens until the National Park Service can build their own facilities at the new monument located on the north end of Las Vegas Valley.

The museum has an exhibit about the newly formed monument with fossil specimens of Pleistocene mammals such as mammoth teeth and camel bones. These significant fossils tell a story of a wetter environment during the Pleistocene epoch (2.5 million years ago to 11,700 years ago) where herds of mammoths, prehistoric horses, bison, and camels roamed the valley. There is also fossil evidence that this spring fed area was also home to predators such as the American lion, Dire wolf, and Saber-toothed cat, and human beings.

A portion of the Tule Springs exhibit at NSMLV

A portion of the Tule Springs exhibit at NSMLV

Though direct evidence of humans hunting Pleistocene mammals in the Las Vegas Valley has not been found, this question has led to significant excavations by archaeologist and paleontologist in the past and still directs current investigations within the area.

The fossils on display are just a few of the specimens that have been removed from the monument area when it was under the management of the Bureau of Land Management. It is hoped that more of the Tule Springs area fossils will return to Southern Nevada and the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is pleased to be able to temporarily house the material until a new facility can be built.

On July 18, 2015 there was an official unveiling of the Tule Springs Fossil Bed National Monument display with over 200 people in attendance.

An Afternoon with Lloyd George

An Afternoon with Judge Lloyd D. George

Tuesday November 15
Time 11:30am   
Please RSVP to Joe Thomson at or  702-656-8738

Judge George arrived in the Las Vegas Valley as a two year old in June 1933 when the family moved from Idaho for better business opportunities for his father William, who was in the sand and gravel business. Judge George has led an exemplary life with many professional accomplishments listed below, highlighted with the distinction of having the downtown federal building named after him as the Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse. Lloyd has humble beginnings starting with a small home on Glider Street and is a proud graduate of Las Vegas High School class of 1948. Nestled between his high school days and the federal courthouse that now towers above that high school is a remarkable life filled with stories of challenge and the pure love of life. Please join us for some story-telling and a glimpse into the noteworthy adventures of Judge Lloyd D. George.

Judge George was a pilot in the United States Air Force. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1955 from Brigham Young University, and his J.D. degree in 1961 from the University of California at Berkeley. Upon graduating, he returned to Las Vegas where he built a successful private practice. In 1974, Judge George was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. In 1996, Judge George was selected to represent the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the national policy-making and management body of the federal judiciary.

Judge George has distinguished himself as an expert in the organization of the judiciary. While serving on the International Judicial Relations Committee from 1993 to 1997, participating in numerous seminars and lectured on constitutional issues and court structure in Eastern Europe and the nations of the former Soviet Union. Lloyd has also been a board member of the Federal Judicial Center (the education and research arm of the federal judiciary) where he served for four years with Chief Justice Warren Burger.

Judge George was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada by President Ronald Reagan in May 1984. He served as Chief United States District Judge from 1992 to 1997, and assumed senior status in December 1997.

Dancers on either side of a collage of Las Vegas neon signs

Gambling on a Dream

October 22nd, 2 pm to 4 pm, join us for a presentation and discussion of Lynn Zook’s new interactive ebook, Gambling on a Dream. This is the story of the first twenty-five years of the Classic Las Vegas Strip – how it began as a five mile stretch of blacktop highway, the dreamers and entertainers who saw its potential, and how it became America’s Playground.

This program is free with museum member ID card or regular admission. Please call 702-822-8746 or email for more information.

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