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Our Story

In February 1989, a small group of concerned citizens requested that the Las Vegas City Council assist in finding a home for a pre-existing collection of wildlife and prehistoric exhibits. The City of Las Vegas purchased a building, located in the center of a proposed Cultural Corridor, to house the Museum. This building is leased for one dollar a year; however, the museum is responsible for renovations, upkeep, and operations.


With the assistance of local businesses and private individuals, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum opened its doors in July 1991, exhibiting a varied collection of wildlife and prehistoric exhibits on loan. Since then, the Museum has obtained its own multi-million dollar, world-class collection, and created an exciting and interactive learning experience.


From the desert to the ocean, from Nevada to Africa, from prehistoric times to the present, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum takes young and old alike on a learning adventure around the world.

Meet the Board of Directors


Stephanie Stallworth


Director, Public Affairs

Cox Communications


At the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, we are on a mission to inspire a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world, the sciences, and ourselves through educational exhibits, programming, and research.

We recognize and acknowledge that the Las Vegas Natural History Museum is located on the traditional lands of the Southern Paiute, Ancestral Puebloans, and Lower Colorado River tribes.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is committed to an inclusive culture that values the similarities and differences that exist among its directors, employees, members, and patrons. The Museum encourages an environment that is diverse in age, education, ethnic origin, gender, lifestyle, abilities, race, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation.


2023 Annual Report

2022 990

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