Nevada Historical Society may move to downtown Reno

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The Nevada Historical Society could be moving to downtown Reno and away from the University of Nevada campus where they’ve been since 1968.

According to a Historical Society spokeswoman, it all depends on what the Nevada Interim Finance Committee decides at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Legislators will consider having the museum “swap” buildings with UNR.

If approved, the Historical Society will move into the Laxalt Auditorium/Warren Nelson building located 401 2nd St. in downtown Reno .

UNR will then take over the museum’s building.

The current Nelson building is being used by the university for various programs and offices.

The spokeswoman says the advantage to moving to the Nelson building includes more parking, better foot traffic and the museum has outgrown their current location.

The Nelson building is about three times the size of the museum.

The move, if approved, won’t happen until sometime in 2020 at the earliest.

According to its website, the Nevada Historical Society is “the state's oldest museum, presenting historical exhibits, memorabilia & programs related to Nevada.”


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