St. Mary's Art and Retreat Center | Virginia City Art Space

Where Art, History & Community Come Together Since 1964


Season Opens March 16, 2018 – Friday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm*


There are many new programs and updates this year.  We offer our new Membership Program along with the new Imaginations Children’s Art Program and our revamped Artist In Residence Program.  Please peruse our website, Facebook, Instagram, check your email or stop in for more details and updates.

Built in 1875, St. Mary’s Art Center is the Grand Dame of Virginia City and is a National Historic Landmark. High up in the Virginia Range mountains, perched near old gold and silver mine shafts, in the lost in time mining town of the Comstock Era, is St Mary’s Art Center. Originally a Hospital for the Comstock miners, left empty and abandoned for many years after the Gold Rush declined, only to be saved in the 1964 by Father Meinecke, who had great foresight and a plan. St Mary’s Hospital was dedicated to the Arts and Culture, by Father Meinecke, and the abandoned building became a living, vibrant Art Center.

Coming Soon:  Historical Exhibit sharing the amazing and diverse history of our property from the General Van Bokkelen era, St. Marie Louise Hospital, Storey County Hospital, the dormant era through the establishment of the Art Center we know and love today.  Do you have historical photos or artifacts from the property you are willing to donate and that we should consider?  We would love to hear from you!  775.847.7774 or email us!

Program questions, tours and other inquiries | Contact Why Visit St. Mary’s?

St Mary’s is situated approximately 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe and 30 minutes above Reno. Take a class or wander through our 8 galleries and view original art works by established local, regional, national and international artists. The St. Mary’s permanent collection is housed throughout the guest rooms. Take a glimpse into the story and lives of individuals who built, worked, visited and stayed at the hospital. Create your own art in our lovely creative spaces. Experience breathtaking sunrises and sunsets from our “hundred mile” view. See the stars every night.  
Take some time out for self improvement taught by experienced artists , artisan craftspeople or yoga professionals.
St. Mary’s Art Center is a place where creativity can be explored in an atmosphere of quiet beauty and isolation. Just far enough off the beaten track to be peaceful but close enough to the eclectically, vintage town of Virginia City to find atmosphere, eccentric characters and fun things to do, along with some lovely places to eat…. St. Mary’s Art Center is available for rental year round for creative workshops, artist retreats, functions, events and groups, business meetings and business incentive retreats, family reunions, writer’s workshops, church groups, yoga and martial arts, meditation and more. More About Art Retreats We believe creativity is developed within the group – individuals coming together and through collaboration and connection; synthesizing a solution greater than the minds and sums of its parts.
Take a tour of one of Virginia City's most Historic Landmarks.
St. Mary’s Art Center, a National Historic Landmark, was formerly known as the St. Mary Louise Hospital. Built in 1875 by Father Patrick Manogue, this four-story, gabled, red brick structure with Doric columns sits on land donated by Mary Louise Mackay, wife of one of the four Bonanza Kings. More About Historical Tours
View collectible artworks in one of our 7 Gallery spaces, visit our Resident Artists and watch their work in progress
Let us take you on a magical journey into the world of St Mary’s, Virginia City then and now, surrounded by the artworks of established and emerging artists More About Art Galleries
Art workshops to stimulate your own creative process, join us to retreat, create, rest, and learn.
Writers Retreats, Crafters Retreats, Yoga Retreats, Business Meetings, Lectures, School Trips, Archaeological sites. More About Our Other Services
  BOOK YOUR RETREAT NOW! Title image by Pura Vida Sierra Art, LLC.