* from 1714 to PRESENT *
walk through the rich history of policing in america
Hall of History - Kids Station - Memorial Room - 1876 Ten Cell Jail -Museum Store - Photo Opportunities - Audio Tour Guide.
The Silver State National Peace Officers Museum is located in historic Virginia City, Nevada. With a spectacular collection of United States law enforcement artifacts dating back to 1714 and situated within the County Courthouse and 1876 jail, the museum offers visitors a magnificent walk back in time and a fun opportunity for the entire family. Features include our Hall of History, Kid's Station, Nevada Officers Memorial Room, and a gift shop. Visitors also enjoy great photo opportunities. Step back in time with us when in Virginia City!
Watch our museum trailer here!
Follow this link to our MEDIA page for more information.
The museum, with support from the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and James D. Hoff Peace Officers Memorial, has been producing a very moving production on line of duty deaths and the incredible impacts upon survivors. EVERY 53 HOURS has now been completed after more than a year of work. We hope you will find it informative to say the least.
The Gist Collection
Our primary collection is the Gist Collection. It is thought to be the largest and finest United States Law Enforcement collection. Follow the link to learn more: The Gist Collection
Visit our Exhibits page to preview just some of what you will see
during your visit to the museum. Download our quarterly newsletter for up to date information and interesting historical articles.
The museum is open daily from 11:00 to 5:00 from May 1st through October 31st.
"There is no higher calling than that of a policeman. I would rather be a policeman than President." - August Vollmer
There is not a more honorable and necessary profession than law enforcement. The "peace keepers" across our great nation perform a duty that few could or would do for a living. It is dangerous, difficult, and certainly very unpopular with many. It demands greatly but rewards just as well with the satisfaction an officer feels every time that he or she makes a difference somehow, be it saving a life, solving a crime, or having a positive impact on a citizen in some way. No person can adequately profess to know what the law enforcement profession's impacts and demands are unless that person has done the job, period. The museum experience provides a step into the lives of officers from the streets of America.
The mission of the Silver State National Peace Officers Museum is to provide our visitors with an education of the law enforcement profession; facilitate the preservation of the rich history of law enforcement in the development of the Great State of Nevada, and the United States of America; and to showcase those who have maintained the peace throughout history of this great land with sacrifice in service while wearing the symbols of law enforcement and while supporting the codes of the law enforcement profession.
The FALLEN project continues to progress. If you have not heard of this project, it is a documentary addressing the ever present trend of violence toward law enforcement officers in the United States, and the deaths of officers and the impact on us all. This production is being produced by working police officers, when not on shift, and solely through donations and out of pocket by those dedicated to seeing that their message is delivered to everyone. Please, support this very worthy project.
Visit the Fallen project website here: FALLEN
The Silver State National Peace Officers Museum is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
Contact us to find out how you can help to insure that the museum will be here for generations to come. We appreciate your support.
PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONSMany of our visitors have experienced unusual occurances and several paranormal investigative groups have spent the night locked up in the 1876 jail to conduct their searches. Contact us to arrange for your own group investigative session. Learn more about the process by clicking here.