Fourth Ward School Museum, Virginia City

4.5
#2 of 8 in Museums in Virginia City
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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  • We took a break from hiking at Lake Tahoe to visit Virginia City. It was worth the drive. Quaint tourist trap, but the museum was a high point. Very well done, especially the exhibit on Mark Twain. We...  more »
  • There were two floors of exhibits, some more detailed than others, giving an overview of historic events that happened in this region. I was especially interested in the room featuring Mark Twain. Alt...  more »
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  • 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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