Nevada State Museum

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Basic Information

Address: 600 N Carson St Carson City, NV 89701
Phone Number: 7756874810
Director: Myron Freedman

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Education, preservation, tourism
Population Served: museum visitors and local school children
Ages for Volunteer: 18-90
Hours of Service: 2-4 hours a week
Minimum Hours Required: 8 hours a month
Days of Service: Tuesday-Sunday
Mission Statement:

The Nevada State Museum engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The museum preserves heritage for long-term public benefit.
The museum presents heritage through unique and authentic educational experiences, enhanced by an environment of comfort, interaction, and inspiration.
Audiences learn what makes Nevada special. They gain stronger identity, connection, and validation. They develop a broader point of view and a sense of responsibility.
The museum extends benefits to the greatest audience, provides leadership in heritage education, and adheres to the highest standards of public-trust stewardship.

Program History:

Open to the public since October 31, 1941.


Second Saturday of the month Family Fun Saturday, Fourth Thursday of the month evening Lecture Series, guided and unguided school tours, School outreach programs, Science curriculum based education programs.

Additional Information:


Museum Store: Assist customers, conduct sales, prepare and arrange merchandise, respond to mail orders, and assist with off-site sales at special events. Preferred volunteer traits include friendliness, helpful attitude, ability to learn cash register operation, accuracy with money handling procedures, attention to detail, ability to keep reliable hours. Shifts typically last 4 hours.

Special Events: Assist visitors with information about the museum and specific event details, facilitate craft activities with visitors, and provide superior customer service. Events typically occur on Saturdays once a month, 2 -3 hour shifts expected.

Education Office Materials Prep: Many education programs and special events require craft materials prepared in advance. Volunteers will use scissors, copier, paper cutter, and other office equipment. Training provided. This will be concentrated during the week before a special event but can also be done on a weekly basis.

Education Office Scheduler: Assist the Education Department by answering phone calls and documenting school and adult tour requests. With experience, volunteer can enter information into computer and generate tour guide requests. Volunteers will use office phone, Microsoft Windows and Office software. Training provided. Needed 2-5 hours Monday-Friday.


Tour Guide: Provide both entertaining and educational tours through museum exhibits and the Capitol building for school groups and adult groups. After Tour Guide training, shadow experienced tour guides and be paired with a mentor to refine your tour skills. Preferred volunteer enjoys talking to different groups of people, is able to learn historically accurate information, provide an exceptional visitor experience, and has a flexible attitude. Training provided. Seasonal scheduling could be anywhere from 0-4+ hours needed in a week, depending on the number of tours that are requested each week.

Education Program Leader: Present already designed educational programs to school aged children either at the museum or at schools. Program topics vary from fossils to fungus. Preferred volunteer enjoys educating children, is able to learn science material and present it to children, is patient, and flexible. Training provided. Seasonal scheduling could be anywhere from 0-4+ hours needed in a week, depending on the number of tours that are requested each week.

Next Tour Guide Training September 10th and 11th.