CARSON CITY –The Nevada State Museum will be open with regular hours on the Fourth of July and has a busy month planned with a host of events revolving around the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
“Besides the classic exhibits Nevada State Museum is famous for – the Mint, the mine, the ghost town and the Under One Sky exhibit – we also have a special exhibit, ‘Fueling the Boom,’ that tells the little-known story of Chinese woodcutters providing a valuable service that helped power the mining booms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,” said Myron Freedman, director of the Nevada State Museum.
The museum will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the holiday weekend.
On Friday, live demonstrations of Historic Coin Press No. 1 will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The press will be minting commemorative medallions of the Promontory Car, also known as Coach 17, which was present at the driving of the golden and silver spikes at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869.
Museum visitors can purchase a pure silver planchet in the museum store for $60 and have it minted on the coin press.