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The Way It Was Museum

113 S C St, Virginia City, NV 89440-9800
+1 775-847-0766
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A Gem

Now the Boss & I are always going to the smaller Museums. The theory being that the are nicer... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
David L
Pasadena, California

This museum had a little for everyone- from old tools to Victorian fashion to some of the most... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
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113 S C St, Virginia City, NV 89440-9800
+1 775-847-0766
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Now the Boss & I are always going to the smaller Museums. The theory being that the are nicer, friendlier and the staff usually are more informative and motivated than the Big Fellows. I can safely say that the theory held up nicely here. As...More

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Kennewick, Washington
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This museum had a little for everyone- from old tools to Victorian fashion to some of the most intriguing maps of the area -

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

Lots of old mining history and equipment. The old movie was really interesting and gave background to the mining history of the town. For $3, it's a great deal to see some of the rich history of the town.

Thank Karl T
Reviewed 3 July 2017

It's a very cute little museum. They even have a nice area outside with some neat things to see. I would go again.

Thank didums30
Reviewed 15 June 2017

The museum is not large, but gives you a taste of the lifestyle in the mining era. Displays of medicine bottles, mining equipment, pump organ, and other items. They show a running video series covering different aspects of western life. I bought a Morgan silver...More

Thank Larry G
Reviewed 13 June 2017

For $3, it was worth the 35 minutes or so to learn the history of the area and some buildings. There are a few short films and lots of pictures and some artifacts

Thank Lori F
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

This museum is aptly named and well worth the time and small Investment. The history of mining in the area was well represented in old equipment and photos. The character of the town during the boom years and after was made clear. As retired baby...More

Thank Gordon M
Reviewed 1 June 2017

This museum is located down toward the bottom of C street as you enter town from the direction of Reno. There is a slight charge for admission but worth it. Outside around the building are old mining relics including a safe, mining tools and lots...More

Thank casinoguymichigan
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This place was neat but not anything to write home about. Staff was very friendly, however, and there were some interesting displays.

Thank jenlan23
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We had to do something that was touristy in Virginia City...and this was about what we expected it to be. Not really very good. There were several videos playing, which had some interesting historical information on Virginia City, but the video quality was awful. They...More

Thank LauraG050
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