Fourth Ward School

Visitor Information

537 South C Street
Virginia City, Nevada 89440

Phone: 775-847-0975
Hours: Daily 10:00 am -5:00 pm May 1 through October 31

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: 2 for 1 adult admission

The authentic 1876 Second Empire, four-storied wooden school is a monument to the importance of education for the immigrant miners and entrepreneurs in the Old West. The Victorian state-of-the-art facility preserves a gateway to the real story of life in a booming, cosmopolitan mining town. Built to accommodate over 1000 students and teachers, the sixteen classrooms retain original interior finishes, wooden desks, maps, school bell, and books. The museum, community cultural and archival research center feature exhibits on alumni, local Virginia City history, Mark Twain, letter press printing, Comstock and modern mining, genealogy, and events.