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In 1992, the Austin Historical Society created the Austin Historical Museum at the former location of the Gridley Store. In 2005, the Austin Historical Society purchased the old U.S. Forest Service building at 180 Main Street and moved their collections to this building.


  • This local history museum is operated by the Austin Historical Society
  • The interior of the museum includes exhibits related to mining, the town's pioneer history, and antique furnishings.

The Austin Historical Museum’s permanent displays consist of artifacts from mining, ranching, the railroad, Native Americans and the old school as well as a printing press, artifacts/information on the USS Lander, old journals and books. All of these displays have either been loaned or donated by citizens around Austin, Nevada.

The Austin Historical Museum never really closes. If there is a group or individuals who are coming through, we will open the museum at a moment’s notice for them.Tourists from all over the world including Denmark, Italy, France, Germany, and Canada have all visited the Austin Historical Museum.

Austin Historical Museum. Austin Nevada website. Accessed March 26, 2017. http://austinnevada.com/austin-nevada-rich-history/austin-museum/.