A Visitor's Guide to the Nevada Museum of Art

Enjoy World-Class Art Exhibits and Cultural Events in Reno

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
Photo © Stan White

The first thing you will notice about the Nevada Museum of Art is its remarkable and unusual building. It is a four level, 60,000 square-foot structure by architect Will Bruder. Its design was inspired by the Black Rock Desert and is intended to be an environmental statement about the northern Nevada region. It opened to the public in spring, 2003.

Current Exhibitions at the Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art has both permanent and rotating exhibits. The NMA website has information about current, upcoming, and past exhibitions. You can also see the highlights of the month in my article Events at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Visiting the Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art is at 160 W. Liberty Street in downtown Reno. There is free parking in the Museum lot on the east side of the building, plus free and metered parking along nearby streets.

Tickets can be purchased in the Museum lobby. They are also available online through the Museum event calendar for both admission and other events. Guided tours, offered on a first come basis, are included with admission.

Visitors with special needs can be accommodated. To make arrangements, call at least one week before the planned visit.

hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays

2nd Saturdays offers free admission to all visitors on the second Saturday of each month. The popular hands/ON! family program is now combined with 2nd Saturdays, providing families and all visitors the opportunity to participate in art projects, docent-led gallery activities, storytelling, and performances in the theater. Each hands/ON! on 2nd Saturday program will feature a different theme and set of activities.

Second Saturdays are free thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation. Support for hands/ON! is provided by Mathewson CLAT #4, the Sato Foundation, the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, and Art4Moore.

chez louie at the Nevada Mueum of Art

Food service in the Museum is provided by chez louie. chez louie is owned and operated by Marke Estee of Reno's popular Campo restaurant on the Riverwalk.

About the Nevada Museum of Art

The original organization from which the Nevada Museum of Art came from began in 1931 as the Nevada Art Gallery. One of the original founders, Charles F. Cutts, donated his Ralston Street home and art work in 1949, giving the Nevada Art Gallery a building for its growing collection. In 1975 two art historians were hired and in 1978, the Hawkins House on Court Street was purchased to accommodate the expanding collection, programming, and exhibitions. The name was changed to the Sierra Nevada Museum of Art.

In 1983, the Board of Trustees set up an endowment to contribute to the annual operating budget. A larger building was obtained in 1989 and the organization's name became the Nevada Museum of Art. The current building at 160 W. Liberty Street opened to the public in the spring of 2003.

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