Nevada draws in tourists by the millions, some requiring casino adventures, others seeking out experiences that put them in touch with not only the state's history, but the mining wonders of Virginia City. One recommended attraction is the Way It Was Museum, a testimony to the world of Comstock mining. With something to entertain and delight, it is the perfect stop for families with kids.
The museum offers exhibitions and displays, including lithographs, maps, very rare and old photos, mining equipment and tools, mineral samples and varied mining and Victorian costumes. Papers describe life for miners during that era, their daily existences and family dreams.
Popular exhibits include a scaled down model of the many hundred of miles of varied underground Virginia City mine shafts that lay beneath today's modern roads and sidewalks. Another is a real working miniature of a gold and silver mining facility. However, the short video that portrays American pioneering life in the frontier is skillfully explained by two renowned historians, easy to understand for both adults and children.
Open every day of the year, except Christmas Day, the museum is open from 10 am to 6pm. Admission prices are considered very reasonable, going towards the maintenance and preservation of the many pieces. The cost for adults and children is $2.50, but children under age twelve can get in free when accompanied by an adult.