The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City

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  • Great way to learn about the mining process, equipmen, medicines and other history of Virginia City. I also liked learning about the worker bee's situation and the fashion of the elite wives!  more »
  • A lot of things were closed for the season, so this museum was a nice way to get a lot of information about Virginia City in one place. The artifacts were interesting (and some a little weird) and...  more »
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  • After all the signs driving into Virginia City, I guess we were expecting....more. Although the museum has a lot of interesting period artifacts, the overall feeling is...dated. The museum could definitely use updating, especially the "theatre" in back. Admission is fair at $4, but would be willing to pay more if there were more to see/do. Note: there is a couple cool photo ops outside.
  • This museum is worth the small cost to visit and will be of interest even to small children. Both the building and outdoor area is packed full of artifacts, photos, minerals, diagrams, and stories of the mining history of Virginia City. We all imagine a life of unlimited wealth. One hundred years ago, Virginia City was the wealthiest city on earth. So wealthy that the miners were throwing out tons of silver ore! The incredible wealth, however, came at a great personal price to those who earned it and those who used it. This museum (and especially those who operate it) will explain the toll. The old bromide is true: all that glitters is not gold.

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