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Fourth Ward School Museum, Virginia City

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History Museum · Specialty Museum
Follow students’ footsteps through the original 1876 school building, the last one standing of its kind in the U.S.. Sit in the same wooden desks as they did from 1876 to 1936. You can explore Virginia City history, Mark Twain's life, letter press printing, alumni’s lives, Comstock mining, abandoned mine issues, and new exhibits in the other classrooms. Ask in the museum store if you can pull the rope to hear the school bell.
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  • Nora was great, helped start a self guided tour.must go on line to make reservations. The history was amazing, the picture from the 1800’s were plentiful. The restorations to bring the school back to....  more »
  • We enjoyed our time here, and I was surprised when I realized we'd been walking around for 90 minutes! Some of the time is spent with the staff, and some on your own. For a small museum, the displays....  more »
  • So much history! One can feel the souls of past inhabitants and sit in the little school desks. Virginia City is a marvelous place to visit and explore.
  • Thrilled to return to Virginia City after 25 years and see that this magnificent building has been restored. A must-visit for those interested in daily life and the history of prominent VC residents. Videos, artifacts, and photos help this landmark come alive! Loved it!

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