Pahrump

Pahrump is a small town in the desert about an hour from Las Vegas. It has a couple of casinos and a winery but no major attractions to warrant a long stay.

 

Pahrump Valley Museum

If you’re passing through the town, you can stop into the friendly Pahrump Valley Museum. It’s located off the main road through town, NV 160. Admission is free, and the museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm except Mondays. The staff is friendly and always willing to answer questions.

Pahrump Valley Museum in Nevada

Pahrump Valley Museum

Local history display at the Pahrump Valley Museum in Nevada

Local history display

 

The museum showcases historical items collected from town residents and highlights famous locals as well as artifacts from Native Americans. Displays about farming, ranching, and prospecting are also shown.

Local history display at the Pahrump Valley Museum in Nevada

Local history display

Ranching exhibit at the Pahrump Valley Museum in Nevada

Ranching exhibit

Last Chance Johnnie at the Pahrump Valley Museum in Nevada

Last Chance Johnnie

A historic Pahrump home at the Pahrump Valley Museum in Nevada

A historic Pahrump home

The most interesting exhibit in the museum is about the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, where nuclear waste is stored in the Nevada desert. Six touch screen displays show videos about the project and explain how the waste is carefully stored. Most of my time in the museum was spent on this exhibit.

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository exhibit at the Pahrump Valley Museum in Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository exhibit

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository exhibit at the Pahrump Valley Museum in Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository exhibit

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