Nevada Historical Society
School and Adult Tours

Catherine Magee
Director
cmagee@nevadaculture.org

775-688-1190 ext. 222

Are you a school that would like to visit our museum? Don’t forget that we bus funding available!

Please fill out our School Field Trip & Bus Reimbursement form.


Group of young children in Tonopah, early 1900s.

Planning your Trip

A field trip to the Nevada Historical Society can be integrated into Nevada history units throughout the year.

Museum exhibits give students the opportunity to ask questions about the past and find their own answers. The Nevada Historical Society is currently the only history museum in Reno that offers tours to school groups free of charge.

Members of the Nevada Historical Society Docent Council are responsible for giving tours of the Historical Society galleries. The Docents are trained volunteers who, using the Historical Society galleries, give a general tour of Nevada History.

If you would like the field trip to emphasize a specific aspect of Nevada history, please let us know when you make your field trip arrangements, and we will attempt to accommodate you.

Education Flyers

Here are a couple of great flyers on museum etiquette, educational videos flyer and about NHS school tours program.

Museum Etiquette

Educational Videos Flyer – coming soon

NHS School Tours Program – coming soon

Things to keep in mind:

Tours at the Nevada Historical Society are subject to availability of volunteers. Please have a date and time in mind for your visit, and one or two alternate dates when scheduling your tour.  The months of October and May are particularly busy months for field trips, so we ask that you make reservations for those months as far in advance as possible.

Due to the proximity of other great resources such as the Fleischmann Planetarium, the W.M. Keck Museum, and the Wilbur May Museum. Most schools and groups find pairing with another museum maximizes bus space, learning opportunities and field trip time.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour. Tours last 60 minutes (45 minutes for Kindergarten through Second grade.) Due the size of our galleries, we can accommodate a total of 45 students at one time.

*Students must stay with their chaperones or teacher before, during, and after the tour, whether in the galleries, museum store, restrooms, and near the museum entrance. The minimum supervision requirement for school and youth groups, preschool through high school is one adult chaperone for every 6 students.

*We kindly ask that any date or time change requests be made with as much notice as possible – our Docents plan your tours well in advance and appreciate your consideration. 

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable field trip. NHS looks forward to seeing you soon!