The Way It Was Museum

113 C St, Virginia City, Nevada 89440 USA

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“See how it used to be”

The museum displays the most complete collection of Comstock mining artifacts in the world plus rare photos, lithographs and maps of the "Bonanza" period. Virginia City's history is widely celebrated downtown with a multitude of museums featuring Mark Twain's writing, the years of radio inspired by bonanza king and telecom giant John Mackay, the critical importance of police and fire, the connection with famous Madame Julia Bulette and the role of a Civil War general.At the top of the list as a must see, the "Way It Was Museum" takes visitors back in time to show how things that mattered in life worked for Virginia City. A few steps in the museum, and you can see the works of milling and mining with old Cornish pumps. Also check out costumed mannequins, mineral collections, a fully-equipped blacksmith shop, rare photographs and information on the Sutro tunnel mule train. The tunnel, created by San Francisco investor Adolph Sutro in 1869, was designed to ventilate the mines, drain water and provide escape for miners.

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Nahshon P.

Really cute stop. Quite warm inside. Lots of history. Tons of cool exists to explore. Lots of mining and silver. Super cool dental display!!! At the very rear you find a movie. It's constantly... Read more

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Luigi C.

Finally made it to Virginia city on a day and time most businesses were open. First stop was "the way it was museum" $4 for the entrance wasn't too bad. They have lots of antiques and artifacts... Read more

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Reba Jane S.

What a place! So much packed into such a small space. And there's more around back! Things from the people's homes, Medicine cabinets, things from everyday life that have gone for good.... Read more

The Way It Was Museum

113 C St
Virginia City, Nevada
89440 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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