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Lost City Museum

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Among our favorite small museums in the world: a place which celebrates Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage:  the Lost City Museum in Overton, a 90-minute drive north of Las Vegas.

Museum hours are 8:30am-430pm daily. There is a small admission fee. Tip – if you buy the annual pass, it is also valid for other Nevada state museums. The site is managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Saturday, March 14, 11am-4pm – The Lost City Museum will be celebrating two important anniversaries in its history – the 85th year of the Grand Opening of the museum, and the 95th year since the Lost City Pageant that was held in St. Thomas. The celebration includes a temporary photo exhibit of period photos of the Moapa Valley and the museum, with a vintage Victrola playing in the background.

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In 1935 the Lost City Museum was built by the National Park Service to exhibit artifacts that were being excavated from Pueblo Grande de Nevada.

Ancestral Puebloan sites were threatened by the waters of Lake Mead as it backed up behind the newly built Hoover Dam. Eventually, when the lake was filled to capacity, about five miles of sites had been inundated or undercut by the water. The Civilian Conservation Corps assisted in the excavation of the sites and the construction of the museum building. The building was constructed of sun-dried adobe brick in a pueblo-revival style. On display are an excavated pit house and reconstructed Puebloan houses.

Programs include ongoing archaeological research on the remaining Lost City sites, school tours, changing exhibits, and archival library and collections research capabilities. Special public programs are held throughout the year.

New staff members include Mary Beth Timm (Director) and Ginny Lucas (Curator of Archaeology).

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Nevada Museums: Lost City Museum


Valley of Fire State Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Gold Butte National Monument

Nearby: St. Thomas
With the building of Hoover Dam in the 1930s, the residents of St. Thomas were forced out of their homes. Once the dam was finished, the lake began to fill and the town was inundated with the rising waters. Recently the waters have begun to recede.

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