The Legacy: W. E. Gist
The Kids Station
There is No Higher Calling Than That of a Peace Officer
There is no higher calling than that of a peace officer. The weight of the demands, responsibilities, and the dangers shouldered by our peace keepers today would bring most to the ground. The museum is here to honor them all, those officers from history and the officer protecting us today. We are here to remember our officers and their sacrifices. We are here to make certain that their names, their contributions, and their sacrifices are never forgotten. The museum exists in their honor.
There is no other like it, anywhere! The Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, established inside the historic 1876 county jail and courthouse in world famous Virginia City, Nevada, features what is believed to be the largest and finest United States law enforcement historical collection known.
The primary collection was the product of the late Walt Gist, who passionately collected and chronicled law enforcement history throughout his life and beginning in 1954. The result is a collection second to none with artifacts dating to 1714. Virginia City has been the perfect stage for such a museum since 2009. Read more here.
History is what we are about but fun for the family as they learn is our mission. We offer our museum galleries and our Kid's Station where the young and young at heart can put on uniforms, drive the patrol car simulator complete with working lights along with radio and computer props. Coloring sheets and crayons complete that fun as those more interested in the history enjoy their experience. Old time photo opportunities include dress in keystone cop era uniforms. Step in front of the appropriate backdrop and you can step back to the streets of 1880 Anytown, USA. Read more here.
Our museum store provides our guests with a wonderful opportunity to purchase law enforcement and museum specific items unique to us.
In Remembrance With Honor
Our mission is to share the rich history of law enforcement with others. We maintain our Nevada Memorial Room to honor all of those peace officers killed in the line of duty. We also maintain exhibits related to other United States peace officers killed in the line of duty, from a badge worn to a story told, we will always remember with honor their sacrifices.