Seventeen museums are located within the small historic Comstock town of Nevada’s Virgina City, and on the first Friday of the month – August 1, September 5, and October 3 – all are open free during what has been called “Flashback Friday.”
“During our large events, when the town is packed, our museums are often overlooked. We wanted to create an event just for these important attractions and provide an opportunity for visitors to learn about the Comstock,” stated Deny Dotson, tourism director for the Virginia City Tourism Commission. The effort is proving successful. Nearly 1,000 participated at two previous Flashback Fridays.
During each Flashback Friday, visitors pick up a free map at the Visitors Center. Each museum stamps the map and when all 17 museums are stamped, the map can be returned to the Visitors Center where participants receive an 8″ x 10″ framed Flashback Friday photo of Virginia City dating back to the 1870s. Kids 12 and younger receive a Comstock Kids Kit.
“Visiting all 17 museums can be a challenge, we know,” Dotson said. “So from August to October, visit any of our museums at any time and have the map stamped. Complete it by October 3, and you’ll receive the framed historic photo.” Free admission valid only during the Flashback Friday Free Museum days.
While the museums are free on the first Friday of the month, August – October, donations are encouraged as each relies on contributions and membership to remain open.
Participating museums include: Comstock Gold Mill; Comstock History Center; Fourth Ward School; The Gold Hill Hotel; Julia Bulette Red Light Museum; LEC #1 Comstock Firemen’s Museum; The Mackay Mansion; Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise; The Marshall Mint Museum; Piper’s Opera House; Saint Mary’s in the Mountains Catholic Church and Museum; Silver State National Peace Officers Museum; Silver Terrace Cemetery; St. Mary’s Art Center; Storey County Courthouse; The Washoe Club Haunted Museum; and The Way It Was Museum.
For more information visit Virginia City Flashback Friday Free Museum Days. For general information on Virginia City, Nevada, visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission (VCTC) at 775-847-7500.
A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the United States – Virginia City, Nevada. Come experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800s. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.