1515 Idaho Street
On a visit to Elko during his term in office in 2001, late Governor Kenny Guinn said “This is the best museum in the State of Nevada.”
The 40,000 square-foot facility is a complete balance of culture, education, and entertainment. The Northeastern Nevada Museum’s history gallery and collection, which includes cultural, economic and early settlers artifacts, preserves and protects the colorful past of this area while the extensive historical archives include photos, newspapers back to 1872, records, maps, manuscripts, and a research library. The museum’s Wanamaker Wildlife Wing contains more than 300 animal mounts from around the world, most exhibited in a natural setting. Ancient mastodon bones which were uncovered in nearby Spring Creek are also on display. Exhibits in the museum’s rotating art galleries feature local, regional and national art shows. The museum has several valuable permanent art collections which include photos by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.
On display is the American Mastodon exhibit. It features the rare mastodon fossils found in nearby Spring Creek, a mural of the Spring Creek area and what it may have looked like 2 million years ago, and a replica of the dig site which includes the bones of the animal. A book chronicling the discovery is available in the Museum Store.
Included in the museum's other permanent exhibits are: a western saddle exhibit; a 1900's kitchen, school room and commercial printing press room; a Basque exhibit; a large collection of Shoshone baskets and Paiute beadwork; ranching, mining and railroad displays and more.
The museum's new Wanamaker Wing features an extensive wildlife collection and a western art gallery.
Don Frazier of Paradise Valley, Arizona pledged to give his entire collection of over 50 original signed Will James art works to the museum for their permanent collection. His art is appraised to be worth close to a million dollars.
For more information about the Will James Art Collection at the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko please call 775.738.3418 or visit their website at http://museumelko.org/.