Free Museum

My first stop in Virginia city was the free museum. With everyday items, clothing, and plenty of newspaper clippings, this museum had everything about the history of Virginia City.

Dr. G.G.Bissell’s Skeleton, used for teaching lessons on the human body and anatomy.

There were glass cases filled with fossils, stuffed “freak lambs”, old newspaper clippings, and even a skeleton. Most of these artifacts came from families that lived in Virginia City.

Fossil collection in the free museum.
Robert Gohn was well known in Virginia City. Hundreds mourned his loss when he passed.

Robert Gohn owned several businesses in Virginia City. He was born and raised there. He became blind in 1920 from a dynamite explosion, but he continued to work. He knew most people by name and could tell when they walked through the door at his bar, ready to serve their favorite drink. When asked about Robert Gohn, Virginia City natives are quick to tell you anything you want to know.

The free museum had everything from newspaper clippings about his death to the exact cup he would drink his whiskey from on display.

A “freak lamb” on display at the free museum.

There are other taxidermy animals on display including a white bear, squirrels, foxes, rabbits, and many more.

This museum is a definite stop when visiting Virginia City. If you want a crash course on the city, the people that founded it, and everything that went on since it became a ghost town. stop here.