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See some of the region’s most recognizable art pieces.

By Annie Flanzraich

There is no shortage of art to see and experience in Reno/Tahoe. From large-scale sculptures of sea creatures to gold-plated vehicles, there’s an exhibit for every taste. It might be impossible to see every piece of art on one trip, so here are seven pieces we think you should cross off your bucket list.

Great Scott!

Make like Marty McFly and head to the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno to see one of the only two 24-karat-gold-plated DeLoreans in the world. This rare vehicle appeared as part of American Express’ 1979 promotional campaign for Gold cardholders. Back then, it cost $85,000, and a little door ding could cost $24,000 to fix. There’s little risk of that happening at the Automobile Museum, which displays more than 200 other noteworthy automobiles. automuseum.org

Cut from a different cloth

Ann Johnston’s large-scale quilts imaginatively represent the Sierra Nevada’s diverse geological makeup. On display at the Nevada Museum of Art through May 19, this exhibition features more than 30 of Johnston’s quilts, made from cloth she hand-dyed. Johnston sewed the quilts by hand and by machine, using patterns and textures to create the Sierra’s mountain peaks, lakes, and rock formations visitors to the area might recognize. nevadaart.org

Black Rock City in downtown Reno

Within a four-block area of downtown Reno, you can see three large-scale Burning Man art installations. In City Plaza, located at the corner of Virginia and First streets, experience two pieces of public art: Space Whale and Believe. Created in 2013 by artists Jeff Schomberg and Laura Kimpton, the 70-foot-long Believe is made of 20-foot-high, rustic, block letters. A few steps away is Space Whale, a life-sized, illuminated stained-glass-and-steel sculpture of a humpback whale mother and calf created by Matthew Schultz and The Pier Group. Walk a few blocks to Bicentennial Park on the corner of First and Ralston streets, and you can see in Portal of Evolution a butterfly-like sculpture by Bryan Tedrick. reno.gov

The Discovery Ichthyosaur Replica
The Discovery Ichthyosaur Replica

It’s not Icky!

Look toward the ceiling at the entry to the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and gaze upon a 50-foot-long, life-size replica of Nevada’s state fossil, the Ichthyosaur. Creator Jerry Snyder built the 2,500-pound puppet in 2013 and displayed it at Burning Man. In 2014, the Ichthyosaur moved to its permanent home in the Discovery Museum and transformed from a marionette to a sculpture. nvdm.org

Go for the gold

Take a trip back in time, learn about the 1960 Winter Olympics and see the rings from that year’s event at Squaw Valley. The free Olympic Museum, located at 8,200 feet at High Camp on Squaw Valley’s upper mountain, includes a photo-worthy podium and Olympic rings suspended above a backdrop of Lake Tahoe. Elsewhere on the property, you can see the Olympic rings in The Village at Squaw Valley as well as the flames that still burn in front of the Tower of Nations. squawalpine.com

Olympic Torch Horiz Matt Palmer
Squaw Valley Olympic Torch Horiz Matt Palmer

Show us which of these items you’ve crossed off your list by tagging us on social media! Use #renoartbucketlist and share a photo with us of your own art tour.

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