• Ongoing Programs

    Free Admission, E.L. Cord Museum School Open House and Hands ON! Second Saturdays

    Saturday December 12, 2015 / 10 am – 6 pm


    Children and families will be enjoy faculty demonstrations in the E.L. Cord Museum School, free hands-on art activities, a visit from Santa, storytelling and a docent guided tour. Come to the Open House and register on-site for a Museum Class to save 20%!


    10 am – 6 pm | Free Admission for all Visitors
    10 am – 4 pm | Museum School Pottery Demonstrations
    10 am – 4 pm | Make a Snowflake Ornament
    10 am – 4 pm | 3-D Paper Ornaments
    10 am – 4 pm | Drop-in Drawing with Museum School Faculty
    10:30 & 11 am | Children’s Storytelling with Kathleen Durham
    10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm | Watercolor Holiday Cards
    11 am – 1 pm | Visit with Santa
    11:30 am | Van Gorder Honors Choir – Holiday Performance
    12 – 3 pm | Museum Store: Made in Tahoe Pop-up Shop
    1 pm | Public Tour (adult focus)
    1 – 4 pm | Woodblock Printed Holiday Cards
    2:30 & 3 pm | Children’s Storytelling with Kathleen Durham

    Lead sponsorship for the Hands ON! program through 2024 is provided by the Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation with additional support from the Leonette Foundation, the Sato Foundation, Art4Moore and the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission. Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation.

    FREE General / FREE Museum members

  • Special Events

    MUSEUM STORE: Made in Tahoe Pop-Up Shop

    Saturday December 12, 2015 / 12 – 3 pm

    Celebrate Tahoe with a personal shopping experience at the Museum Store featuring three regional artists: Truckee-based potter Andy Blanchard, Tahoe watercolor artist Barb Kallestad, and jewelry designer Casey Wold.  

  • Group Tours

    Guided Tour – Saturday Afternoon

    Saturday December 12, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm

    Tour the featured exhibition with one of the Museum’s trained docents during a regularly scheduled Guided Tour offered Thursdays at 6 pm (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 pm; and Sundays at 1 pm. Reservations are not needed. Free with admission.


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    Permanent Collection Galleries

    City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man

    through January 7, 2018

    For the first time ever, explore the remarkable story of how the legendary Nevada gathering known as Burning Man evolved through collaborative ritual from humble... more »

    Included with Admission

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    Nightingale Sky Room

    View from the Playa: Photographs by Eleanor Preger

    through January 7, 2018

    A decade ago, Eleanor Preger never imagined herself taking photographs at Burning Man. Highlights of this Incline Village-based photographer’s work will be on view... more »

    Included with Admission

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    through January 21, 2018

    Unsettled amasses 200 artworks by 80 artists living and/or working in a super-region we call the Greater West, a geographic area that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia,... more »

    Included with Admission

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    Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains

    through May 11, 2018

    Across the desert south of Las Vegas, Nevada, rises a large, colorful anomaly. Seven colossal stone forms defy gravity with their teetering formations. The... more »

    Included with Admission

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    Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall

    Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector

    through September 30, 2018

    The fourteen-foot diameter Mylar balloon hanging in the Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall is a model for a future artwork by contemporary artist Trevor... more »

    Included with Admission

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    Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall

    Andrea Zittel: Wallsprawl

    through December 31, 2018

    Andrea Zittel’s Wallsprawl #4 (Las Vegas, Next to Nellis Air Force Base), is based on an aerial photograph of the southern Nevada military installation known... more »

    Included with Admission