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Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, A Mom’s Review

The exhibition Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants showcases over 20 fish species through captivating life-size sculptures, interactive exhibits, and video installations spread across a vast area of 6,000 square feet.

Dr. Hogan’s mission is to explore various river basins around the world, where he studies and safeguards the freshwater giants and their environments.

Monster Fish will be featured at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Museum of Discovery from March 18, 2023 through Sunday, January 7, 2024.

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The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Museum of Discovery

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Museum of Discovery is a museum located in Reno, Nevada that is specifically designed for all ages. The museum features a wide range of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that encourage exploration, curiosity, and learning.

Visitors can explore a variety of exhibits that cover topics ranging from earth sciences and natural history to the human body and the mysteries of the cosmos. The museum also features a large outdoor space known as the “Cloud Climber,” where children can climb, crawl, and explore a variety of play structures.

Additionally, the museum hosts a variety of educational programs, camps, workshops, and events throughout the year, making it a great destination for families looking to spend a fun and educational day together.

Museum Hours

Tuesday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday – 10:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday – 12:00 – 5:00pm

They are open Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, on National and State holidays, and during WCSD school breaks.


General Admission

$11 – Children (ages 1-17)
$13 – Adults
$12 – Seniors (ages 65+)
Free – Children under age 1


There are a few membership options.  We recommend the family membership — $125/year

Admission can be purchased upon arrival at the museum.

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The Exhibition Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants


The Exhibition Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants features life-size sculptures, hands-on interactive exhibits, and evocative video installations.

Stroller Friendly

There is plenty of room to bring your stroller.  This is a stroller and baby-wearing-friendly activity.

Snacks and Beverages

There is seating inside at the entry of the museum.  We love to explore, eat our packed lunch at the designated areas and then explore and play some more!

There is no food or beverages available for purchase inside the museum.


There is a souvenir/shop inside The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Museum of Discovery.  You can purchase a variety of items and most are educational and high-quality items.

If you are a member you also receive a 15% discount.

Our Experience

I have to say The Exhibition Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants was a great experience for all of us. The exhibition features a stunning collection of enormous fish specimens, including some of the largest and most elusive species in the world.

The kids were amazed by the size and detail of the fish on display, and the interactive exhibits provided a fun and educational experience. They especially enjoyed the exhibit interactive exhibits like the fishing decision.

For me, as a parent, I appreciated the exhibition’s focus on conservation and the need to protect these incredible creatures and their habitats.

Overall, the “Monster Fish” exhibition was a fantastic family outing that left us all with a deeper appreciation for the diversity and wonder of the natural world. I highly recommend it to any families looking for a fun and educational activity.

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Overall, “Explore Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants” is an engaging and informative exhibit that highlights the beauty and importance of freshwater ecosystems.

With its stunning visuals and interactive displays, it’s a must-see for anyone interested in the natural world and the conservation of endangered species.


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!