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“Interesting stop with some good history”

The Way It Was Museum
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

This museum is typical of the rest of this tourist town. Interesting to look at, but a little rough around the edges and dated. Has some good information on the history, but is showing it's age. It's worth a stop in while in town.

Thank JoeFonthill
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

Our eleven year old daughter loved this museum and was disappointed that we couldn't stay longer. Our younger kids liked it but not as much. I enjoyed the dolls dressed in dresses from the time. Anyone interested in mining will definitely enjoy this stop.

Thank Milanlan
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

This museum had exhibits on the mining history of the area, and quite a collection of antique medicines, and dolls outfitted with authentic outfits from the 1800's. Very enjoyable.

Thank Lucy M
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Reviewed 27 May 2010

The owners of the motel we stayed in suggested we start our tour of Virginia City here. They were right! The museum includes artifacts from the Comstock bonanza days, photos and biographies of the some of the key players, and a series of videos explaining how things were in the Old West.

Before touring the town take some time to read about the rivalry between William Ralston and the Bank of California vs. the "Bonanza Kings." The town's history comes alive as you visit the Mackay Mansion on D Street, the Sharon House (formerly the Bnk of California's Virginia City Branch) on C Street and other sites with this information in mind. The museum also introduces Adolph Sutro and his famous tunnel, although it didn't go into detail about his fight with the Ralston Ring and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad (Sutro called it "the crookedest road in the world").

In short, touring the town becomes much more meaningful and enjoyable after learning Virginia City's history at The Way It Was Museum. My 10-year old enjoyed it as it helped her to answer a school project worksheet, but my 3-year old found parts of the museum too dark and scary.

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