Explore Our Collection
In 1961, when the City of Las Vegas agreed to accept responsibility for the Roosevelt’s Rough Rider Association collection, the City Museum was born. Since then, the City of Las Vegas Museum has accepted items into the permanent collection from the whole of Las Vegas history. The collection totals over 7,000 items and consists of objects, photographs, and archival materials. The Museum’s collection includes objects dating from as early as the 1300s. Most material falls within the mid 19th through the mid 20th century. Artifacts are representative of the diverse backgrounds and lifestyles of settlers and passers by. You may view and search the inventoried collection through the online catalog.
Collection items fall into three categories: archival materials, photograph collection, and objects. All are considered part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Archival materials include business records, newspapers, municipal records, personal papers, and maps. Photographs include tintypes, prints, and negatives. The photo collection documents people, events, and places. Objects are three dimensional materials from blankets to wheelbarrows and include clothing and accessories, business items, agriculture equipment, and household furnishings.
Collection material is exhibited in themed displays. Fragile or ephemeral objects (textiles or some printed materials, for example) will deteriorate from long exposures to light. These items may be used in temporary exhibits or rotated in long-term displays.