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Central Nevada Museum Gift Shop

Our rich history, which includes mining, ranching & pioneer life, the influence of the Western Shoshone, who were here before us, is presented in our state-of-the-art museum.

In addition, we explore and present the geology and plant life of this region. We desire to spark children’s interest in history, as well as adults; some of who have never set foot in a museum before. We are an integral part of the community and introduce newcomers to our part of the world, which extends to Nye and Esmeralda counties and their surrounding areas.

The museum gift shop contains a complete line of Historical Central Nevada area books.

The Central Nevada Museum occupies a unique place in the retelling of the annals of the West. The famous, not so famous, and infamous, all left their mark in central Nevada: film  mogul and industrial magnate, Howard Hughes; prizefighting promoter, George “Tex” Rickard (who built Madison Square Garden); the founder of United Parcel Service (UPS), Jim Casey; lawmen, Wyatt and Virgil Earp; the last woman to be executed in California, Barbara Graham; the first to find silver in Tonopah, Jim Butler and many others are represented at the Central Nevada Museum.

Admission is Free

Museum Hours:
Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm

Our facilities are handicapped accessible and a large parking lot is available for all RV’s.


If you have an interest in research of the history of our area or genealogy, please contact us at:

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The Central Nevada Historical Society is a Nevada non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity under IRC 509(a)(2), dedicated to preserving the history of Nye & Esmeralda counties, mainly through our displays and research library made available to the public at the Central Nevada Museum in Tonopah, Nevada. Contributions to the Central Nevada Historical Society are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Copyright (c) 2024 Central Nevada Museum Central Nevada Historical Society and its representatives. All rights reserved.
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