Historic Virginia and Nevada City

Nevada City Living History Museum & Music Hall


Relive the excitement of the Gold Rush era in Montana.  The outdoor museum in Nevada City houses one of the largest collections of Old West artifacts outside the Smithsonian and has one hundred 1863 to early 1900 buildings. The museum entrance is also home to several unique music machines.  There are many exhibits and artifacts to help you experience the culture, time and place engaging all of your senses as you discover early Montana. In Nevada City, you’ll witness what it was like to live in a frontier mining town in the height of the Gold Rush days.

Take time out of your fast paced life to “Step Into Montana’s Past.” and experience it for yourself!

Nevada City Museum Hours and Rates

Open May 27th - Sept 4th 7 days a week 10am-6pm Nevada City, MT

Adults (Weekends & Holidays) $10
Adult (Weekdays) $8
Youth(5-16)/Senior(55+) Weekends & Holidays $8
Youth/Senior Weekdays $6
Groups of 6+ Weekends & Holidays $8 each
Groups of 6+ Weekdays $6 each
Children 4 and Under Free
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The Nevada City Museum hosts living history events each weekend in the summer.  This ghost town comes alive with reenactors who relive past events during the gold rush era.  You can walk among them, engage with them and experience life during the 1860s.  If you would like to volunteer in the living history program contact us.

Montana Heritage Commission 2017 Living History Schedule


*Schedule subject to change without notice based on weather and volunteer availability

May 27-28 A Very Bloody Affair

Back in the states the Union advances but appears stalled. Union men are concerned Lincoln will not be reelected and McClellan will end the war on Southern terms. But none have time to dwell on this as the search for gold goes on.

June 3-4 The War Drags On

The War Between the States drags on, dividing citizens’ loyalties while the hardships of the west unite them in their pursuit of riches and survival.

June 10-11 Flour Riots

It’s too early for local wheat harvest and flour supplies waylaid in Salt Lake City!! Pric­es spiking!! Citizens resorting to hoarding!! Will there be enough flour to get us all through the spring!!? Heaven knows.

June 17-18 News From Home

News of President Lincoln assassination made headlines April 29, 1865! With heavy hearts we swathe the town in black. On a high note, Lee surrendered and the war is over. Our boys are coming home.

June 24-25 Sowing the Season

The season of darkness is over and the season of sun and labor has begun! Join us as we finish off the last of the winter provisions, begin planting for harvest, and deep clean our homes.

July 1-2 Independence Day

Now is the day we celebrate our country’s independence. For the first time in a few years we can celebrate it as a whole nation again! Bless our Union boys!

Parades!! Fun and games!! Pies eating contests!! Red!! White!! Blue!!

July 8-9 Children’s Weekend

Oh, to be a kid again: chores in the morning, then school, then back home for more chores, and then... Oh the fun! Who would’a thought rolling a hoop down the street would be fun?

July 15-16 Circle of Life – from Birth to Death

The Victorian era’s most important moments, birth, childhood, romance, family, death – a weekend fraught with emotion.

July 22-23 Explore the Textiles

The tinsmiths and blacksmiths are moving in. Leather crafting and dying are in de­mand. Cobblers, weavers, and wheelwrights set up shop. Our little mining camp is growing into a town!

July 29-30 Modern Medicine?

From amputations to typhoid the doctors and midwives had much to attend to. How does the town respond to the epidemics that sweep through?

August 5-6 Making Society

One knows they live in society when there is easy access to entertainment, commerce, and good company.

August 12-13 Beyond the Mining Camp

It takes more than miners to make a mining camp a home. A cook to keep him fed, a washerwoman to keep his clothes clean, and an undertaker when the miner settles down for the eternal slumber.

August 19-20 Ways West

While one’s own two legs was a fine way to make it to Nevada City, there were many other options.

August 26-27 Women of the Gulch

The vote! For women? Can they? Should they? Parade, riots, and more!

September 2-3 Preparing for Winter

As summer breathes its last, colorful breath over the valley and as the shadow of winter creeps down the mountain, the people start to prepare for the long, bitter season of darkness and loss. A season not everyone survives.


 

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