Boulder City / Hoover Dam Museum
Boulder City / Hoover Dam Museum

Boulder City / Hoover Dam Museum

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1305 Arizona St., Boulder City, Nevada, 89005

The basics

Learn all about the Boulder Canyon Project through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. Gain understanding about the social and economic forces of the Great Depression, which drove thousands of people to the harsh Nevada desert with the promise of guaranteed work on the largest public works project of that time. A short film goes in-depth on the construction of the Hoover Dam. The museum also features rotating exhibits throughout the year.

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Things to know before you go

  • The museum offers free admission, though donations are accepted.

  • There’s a small gift shop on-site.

  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.

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How to get there

The museum is located in the Boulder Dam Hotel on Arizona Street in Boulder City, about 26 miles (42 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas, and about 8 miles (13 kilometers) southwest of the Hoover Dam. Take Interstate 515. There’s free parking on-site.

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When to get there

The museum is open daily from early morning to evening. The gift shop and theater are open from morning to afternoon daily, with holiday closures for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visitors can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to close to 2 hours here, since the museum presents a lot of information. The film lasts about 20 minutes.

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Boulder City Historic District

The city offers a free self-guided audio walking tour of the Boulder City Historic District. The tour covers 11 locations along a 1-mile (1.6 kilometer) loop, starting and ending at the Boulder Dam Hotel, and includes sights such as the LA Water and Power Building, the Lake Mead Overlook, Wilbur Square, and City Hall.

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