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A Message from David B. Walker | CEO

The Nevada Museum of Art will celebrate its 90th anniversary next year. During this time of quarantine, I’ve reflected on our institutional history and imagined life on the other side of this historic crisis.

It’s interesting to note that the Museum was founded in 1931 by community volunteers during the depths of the Great Depression. And in late 2008, at the height of the Great Recession we founded our internationally recognized Center for Art + Environment. Further back, Nevada’s statehood occurred in 1864 during the American Civil War. Crisis moments have produced extraordinary results in Nevada.

I am optimistic now more than ever, that we are poised to elevate the stature of our artistic, cultural and educational resources. The pandemic will not diminish our determination to scale-up our programs and services for all Nevadans.

Many of you recall the 2014 exhibition we organized on the occasion of Nevada’s sesquicentennial. I encourage you to take a few minutes to view the documentary we produced that accompanied The 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State. It stands as an inspiring reminder of the courage, empathy and spirit shown by the people of Nevada through the years.

Although our doors are temporarily closed, we can’t thank you enough for being a friend of the state’s only accredited art museum. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Watch the documentary
The 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey From Territory to State

In celebration of 150 years of statehood, the Museum honored the “Battle Born” state with a significant exhibition detailing the journey toward October 31, 1864. This short documentary explores this history through the objects that came together to tell the story.

Here’s looking at you.

The 36th Star unfolded with memorable celebrations from a star-studded dinner to a steampunk soiree. Revisit the dresses, costumes, and smiles by exploring the photo albums below.