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Nevada State Capitol Building and Museum

Take a tour of Nevada history and government

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Visiting the Nevada State Capitol

Sarah Winnemucca, Nevada State Capitol, Carson City, NV The Nevada State Capitol building is open to the public year around for self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Being a government building, it is closed on holidays.

When you enter the beautifully restored and maintained building, you will be greeted by friendly security staff and any other employees who may be nearby. They are happy to answer questions and provide tips on touring the building. You can freely wander through the first two floors, visiting offices of Nevada officials, including the governor. On the second floor, be sure to check out Battle Born Hall, home of the excellent museum that presents important highlights in Nevada's colorful history.

Guided tours can be arranged by calling the Education Program at the Nevada State Museum at (775) 687-4810 x237. Guided tours require at least two weeks notice and are subject to the availability of volunteers.

The grounds surrounding the Nevada State Capitol provide a park-like setting and are worth time to explore. You will find nearby buildings for the Nevada Supreme Court and Nevada State Legislature, plus various memorials and works of art.

(Statue of Sarah Winnemucca at the entrance to the Nevada State Capitol. Photo © Stan White)

Nevada State capitol building in Carson City, NV
Nevada State capitol building in the capital of Carson City. Photo © Stan White

A Brief History of the Nevada State Capitol

The Nevada State Capitol building is Neoclassical Italianate style. It was completed in 1871 and originally provided space for all branches of the state government, including the governor's office, Supreme Court, and both houses of the Nevada Legislature. Sandstone for the building was obtained from the Nevada State Prison quarry near Carson City. An annex was added in 1906 to house the State Library. It was enlarged again in 1915 with wings for an expanded legislature.

The Supreme Court relocated to a nearby building in 1937 and the Nevada State Legislature moved into a new building in 1971.

Nevada State Capitol building museum exhibits, Carson City, Nevada, NV
Battle Born Hall houses the museum inside the Nevada State Capitol building in Carson City. Photos © Stan White

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