Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Churchill County Museum & Archives

Since 1968, the overwhelming generosity of Churchill County residents has steadily contributed to the exhibits and displays that comprise the Churchill County Museum – a collection that fills nearly 14,000 square feet. Explore various threads of Nevada History here, ranging from American Indian heritage of the Great Basin, pioneers traveling west through the Forty Mile Desert, the Pony Express, Lincoln Highway, and more.

Address:
1050 SOUTH MAINE STREET
FALLON, NV 89406

(775) 423-3677

Since 1968, the overwhelming generosity of Churchill County residents has steadily contributed to the exhibits and displays that compromise the Churchill County Museum & Archives - a collection that fills nearly 14,000 square feet. With over 12,000 people touring the museum annually, part of its three-fold purpose is to share the county’s rich history. And, with an outstanding artifact that numbers over 16,000 items and preserved photographs totaling nearly 40,000 visitors to the Churchill County Museum can get a real sense of early life in the area.

Through interactive and interpretive displays, visitors will get an in-depth glimpse into the life of some of the valley’s earliest inhabitants, later farmers drawn to the area and dive deeper into the daunting hardships faced by the pioneers as they crossed the infamous Forty-Mile Desert. As the Churchill County Museum & Archives is located along Highway 50, plan on diving deeper into the history of the route Pony Express Riders relied on as they made their journey west, and the Loneliest Road in America.

Though each and every display is thoughtfully curated, perhaps the most memorable exhibits are those devoted to understanding the culture and legends behind Nevada’s original occupants: ancient American Indians. Learn about various tribes that populated the Great Basin and more specifically, the Stillwater Mountains and present-day National Wildlife Refuge which is located on the outskirts of Fallon. Spend time understanding the significance of Nevada’s official state artifact, the Tule Duck Decoy. Though the Tule Duck Decoys can be found throughout various museums in Nevada, the best and most thorough display of this intriguing artifact is best displayed at the Churchill County Museum & Archives, along with basketry, arrowhead collections and other artifacts collected from nearby caves that held spiritual importance to these ancient tribes.

Speaking of caves, Hidden Cave and Grimes Point Archaeological Site are located on the eastern edge of Fallon and scheduled tours for both depart from the Churchill County Museum & Archives every other Saturday. Hidden Cave is truly fascinating, and so are the petroglyphs found at Grimes Point, but to gain a robust understanding of both and the cultural significance to nearby tribes a visit to the museum is important. For a schedule of tours to Hidden Cave & Grimes Point Archaeologica Site click here or please call the Museum directly.

The Churchill County Museum also boasts one of the few remaining Springfield Steam Road Rollers that was originally used in the construction of the Lahontan Dam, antique carriages and fire engines, and post office boxes from as early as 1904. One of the most impressive artifacts in the museum is the Woodliff Novelty Store, one of the oldest buildings in Fallon. The entire store was moved to the museum in 1982. Churchill County Museum & Archives is devoted to providing the Fallon community members and visitors alike with enlightening and educational programs. To that end, the museum hosts speakers and children’s events and also publishes a newsletter and an annual book that explores the area’s heritage. The museum is also dedicated to ensuring that its collection is properly preserved for future generations to enjoy. Access this vast calendar of events here.

HOURS

March thru November:

  • Monday - CLOSED
  • Tuesday thru Saturday - Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday - Open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

December thru February:

  • Monday - CLOSED
  • Tuesday thru Saturday - Open 10:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday - Open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

***To learn more information on the incredible benefits you can tap into by becoming a member of the museum, click here.

ADMISSION

FREE

GETTING THERE

Located in downtown Fallon, the Churchill County Museum & Archives is located almost one exact hour east of Reno along Highway 50, or the Loneliest Road in America. From Reno, follow Interstate-80 approximately 35 miles east. Take exit 48 in Fernley, to drop south onto Highway 50. Follow Highway 50 for about 28 miles east until reaching the community of Fallon. in towntown Fallon, turn south on South Maine Street. The Museum will be located on your right, at 1050 South Maine Street.

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