Education, outreach and tours

Instilling a sense of wonder and excitement about the natural world and the unique place that is northern Nevada.

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    Our museum is unique in that our collections and displays are of true scientific specimens. There are no props. And when you come here, you’re talking to scientists. It’s all real. There’s not a plastic thing in the whole place.

    Beth Leger

    Museum Director and Foundation Professor of Biology

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    Our lobby is once again open for self-guided tours M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  In-person tours of the museum can be scheduled in advance online. For a virtual tour, please call or email.

    New this year, invite our museum staff to your middle or high school classroom for our traveling museum presentation (please call or email to schedule).

    Schedule your in-person tour

    About our educational tours

    One of the missions of the Museum of Natural History is to instill a sense of wonder and excitement about the natural world and the unique place that is northern Nevada. We welcome classes, scout troops, clubs, and other groups to plan a visit to the museum and see the natural heritage of northern Nevada. Visits are designed to be interactive and age-appropriate with a behind-the-scenes tour and a standards-based, hands-on science experience.

    • Educational tours of our museum are free
    • We can accommodate groups up to 40 students
    • Tours last 75 minutes and include an interactive look at the museum collections and a standards-based, hands-on science activity
    • Tours are offered at 10 AM and 11:30 AM three days a week
    • Tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance
    • Beyond these guidelines, it may be possible to make special accommodations for your group by contacting our Outreach Coordinator Julie Stoughton 

    Our tour topics follow the three dimensions of science learning outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards. Visit our K-12 tour topics page to learn more.

    Museum news and updates

    See what's been happening at the Museum of Natural History!

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    Summer Nevada Nature Blitz

    Take photos of the organisms you see anywhere in Nevada, post them to iNaturalist, and experts will help you identify which species you observed!

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    Elizabeth Leger’s exceptional career “shows no sign of slowing”

    Professor of Biology and Director of the Museum of Natural History named Foundation Professor for extraordinary record of achievement

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    Tales from the Crypt: Discover Science at Home series Oct. 22

    College of Science public event moves online, Museum of Natural History focus of second talk