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Virginia City, Nevada: Julia Bulette Red Light Museum (Closed) Team Field Report

In the heart of downtown, on Hwy 341/Main St./C St. Upstairs is a steakhouse owned by the infamous Mustang Ranch.
May 2020: Reported permanently closed.

Red Light Museum.

Julia Bulette Red Light Museum

Long running museum in the basement of a chinese restaurant captured the allure of paid sex with 19th century gamblers and miners. Report... [03/21/2010]

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Julia Bulette Museum

While living in Nevada 12 years ago we decided to drive up to Virginia City. We had no money, maybe $5 to our name, but a full tank of gas. My husband didn't want to go into this museum, so I went alone. It was kind of freaky, spooky, weird, and haphazard, not neatly organized. Interesting pictures on the wall, especially one of Julia as a spirit floating above her grave. Made my hair stand on end. And then there was the display of the two mannequins, one the murderer and the other Julia, on the bed, with their faces looking right at you. The museum was in her house and I was probably looking at her bed, the murder bed! It was frightening.

[Nancy Biggs, 07/15/2018]

The museum lives on in the cellar below a Chinese restaurant.

Red Light Museum

Not worth the visit now. The museum, or whats left of it is located in the Mandarin Chinese Eatery. Actually, the Chinese food is pretty good. A lot of the prostitution related items have been removed, and instead you have old medical instruments and opium bottles. The town is worth the visit, I stay there many times myself, but not the museum.

[Paul Curtis, 12/15/2004]
Red Light Museum of Prostitution

The thing that struck me about the "Red Light Museum" of prostitution was a scene made of department store dummies, in which the tour-ee has the perspective of peeping through a late 1800's window into a back alley abortion. There was also a case of eyeball prosthetics which I didn't really understand... Maybe there were a lot of one eyed hookers back then?

By the way, before we went into the museum, which is the basement of a little dive of a tavern the bartender ominously warned in a low drawl... "be careful, its haunted."

[Peg Clydesdale, 03/06/2004]
Museum of Prostitution

We visited the "Museum of Prostitution" in Virgina City, which is actually called the Julia C. Bulette Red Light Museum, (775) 847-9991. It's very much worth the drive, although the drive from Reno to the City is a little bit scary (uphill, windy roads). Not only does the Museum have various ancient sex toys (such as a vibrator that looks like a hand mixer from Sears and Roebuck), it also displays old surgical tools and poisonous arrows. The "Bucket of Blood Saloon" also makes the trip worthwhile. A pleasant and highly interesting addition is the Cemetery in Virginia City.

[Cheryl Hoffman, 08/21/2000]

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