Nevada Museum of Art#5 in Best Things To Do in Reno
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Founded in 1931, the Nevada Museum of Art is the oldest established cultural center in the state. But you wouldn't know that by looking at it. In 2001, the museum underwent a $22 million move and renovation; the building that now stands at the southern end of the Truckee Riverwalk is a fantastic example of modern architecture inspired by the landscape and the geological formations of the Black Rock Desert.
The interior is just as fascinating with permanent collections that are divided into four thematic areas featuring a variety of media: "Altered Landscape Photography," "Art of the Greater West," "Contemporary Art" and the "Work Ethic." Aside from its permanent collections and temporary exhibits, the museum also boasts two outdoor sculpture gardens, not to mention its Center for Art + Environment, which is a research center that studies the creative interactions between people and their environments. Aside from the art, the building itself is a sight to see: its torqued exterior wall, suspended atrium staircase, and stunning views of the Reno skyline and the Sierra Nevada impressed recent visitors.
For many, a trip to the museum served as a refreshing break from the casino. Though some found it small in size (spanning 60,000 square feet across four levels), others felt the layout and quality of the art on display makes a stop here worthwhile. If you can, reviewers suggest you tag along on one of the museum's guided tours, led by trained docents Thursdays at 6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.
The Nevada Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. General admission is $10, although discounts are available for senior citizens, students and younger children. Parking is available in the museum lot, as well as in free and metered spaces on nearby streets. For more information, check out the museum's website.
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Downtown Reno's updated Riverwalk area – located along the Truckee River between Arlington Avenue and Lake Street – draws art lovers and gourmands alike with its collection of galleries and restaurants. You'll find most of these up-and-coming establishments lining the southern end, which residents have come to refer to as CalAve. And if you're not sure where to begin, tag along on a Wine Walk. This event – hosted by the Riverwalk Merchants Association for $20 per person — takes place the third Saturday of the month from 2 to 5 p.m. and includes wine tastings at more than a dozen galleries and specialty stores.
Recent visitors frequently described this area as a clean, pleasant reprieve from the casinos (especially during the fall and spring) and highly recommend it for those traveling with kids.
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