Nevada’s many museums matter to the economy, to education and to the communities they serve. That is the message that members of the Nevada Museums Association hope to share with lawmakers and others at Museum Advocacy Day at the Nevada Legislature on Wednesday.
Museum representatives from throughout Nevada will be at the Legislature to discuss how museums matter to the state from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., with handout materials as well as special displays and selected artifacts from some of the state’s museums.
According to the association, more than 100 Nevada museums engage more than 2 million local, national and international visitors each year, serving as vital tourist attractions and contributing to a diverse and lasting tourism base. According to NMA, across America, approximately two out of three people visit a museum, far more than the combined attendance of theme parks and major league sporting events, and nationally, museums rank among the top three family destinations.
Museums are also a key element in education, with Nevada museums serving more than 200,000 students each year. Nevada museums also strengthen K-12 education through on-site and outreach programs tied to school curriculum, offering students the opportunity to experience real artifacts, documents and specimens.
And, museums showcase Nevada’s heritage in their respective communities, fostering a sense of belonging, pride and good citizenship, bringing audiences of all ages, backgrounds, income and education to museum facilities. More than 1,000 Nevada museum volunteers donate more than 100,000 hours of service to museums in their community each year, representing a contribution of more than $1,88 million.
Carson Valley, the longest settled locale in Nevada, is home to four museums, including the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, the Genoa Courthouse Museum, Mormon Station State Historic Park and the Dangberg Home Ranch.