The museum’s collections consist of: historic and prehistoric Native American baskets; historic and prehistoric Native American ceramic vessels; and various prehistoric bone and shell archaeological objects. The collection also includes: historic Euro-American and Native American leather objects; historic Euro-American and Native American textiles; historic glass and wooden Euro-American objects; prehistoric stone objects; turquoise and lithic materials; as well as minerals and fossils.

Researchers interested in studying items in the Lost City collections and archives should contact Curator/Archaeologist Virginia Lucas for more information.

Lost City Museum Collection Project Highlight

A new three dimensional (3D) digitization project is on-going at Lost City Museum. Benjamin Van Alstyne is producing models of select bowls, canteens, jars and cooking pots. These are prehistoric items that were recovered from archaeological excavations in Moapa Valley. The 3D models are hosted on, where they can be viewed using smartphones, tablets and desktop computers in virtual reality. The objects are labeled with interesting facts such as how they were made, decorated and the time period when they were used. A user can click the numbered annotations and read the description below the 3D model to learn more about the artifact.

Curious and want to know more? The Lost City Museum has prehistoric and historic items interpreted in its three exhibition halls. Come see them in person!

This project is part of a partnership between the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Lost City Museum. The goals of the digitization effort are to increase public engagement and promote visibility of Lost City Museum collections.

Benjamin Van Alstyne is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His Master’s research focused on using digital 3D architectural reconstructions of the Virgin Branch Puebloan culture to study their social organization and habitation patterns on the Colorado Plateau. Benjamin also uses his digital skills to create 3D models of artifacts and architectural reconstructions to help the public learn about the past.


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