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The Northeastern Nevada Museum features both art and history exhibits, as well as extensive wildlife habitat dioramas. Six different galleries occupy more than 20,000 square feet. There is something interesting for everyone!The Museum is at 1515 Idaho Street in the Elko City Park.Open Tuesday – Saturday 9 am - 5 pm and Sundays 1 - 5 pm; closed Mondays. 775-738-3418 or visit www.museum-elko.us

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Will James drawing at the Northeastern Nevada MuseumThis exceptional museum offers visitors a look into the rich history of northeastern Nevada. There are guns and saddles of course — Colt six-shooters and G.S. Garcia saddles — and much more than that. An American Mastodon for example, rare fossils unearthed from nearby Spring Creek in 1994, is displayed in a replica of the dig site, including two million year old bones, about 40% of the animal. Basque, Shoshone and Paiute exhibits represent some of the ethnic strains in the local population.

The Hillock Bar at the Northeastern Nevada MuseumMost of the local historical items on display have been donated by local residents. One exception is the old saloon bar from Halleck. For this beloved relic the museum is required to pay rent in the form of one bottle of Beefeater’s Gin per year, served over the bar. Rent day began as a private ceremony, then developed into an annual invitation-only affair and is now open to the public with participants encouraged to attend in historic costume.

Elephant at Northeastern Nevada MuseumThe Wannamaker Wing is a large room filled with stuffed animals, posed as they had appeared in life. The effect is unforgettable.

Along with the history and natural history, the museum is noted for the variety and quality of its art exhibits. The annual traveling show of Nevada photography is the most-visited art exhibit in the state. A collection of over 50 original signed Will James art works has been donated to the museum’s permanent collection. This is the second largest Will James collection in the world, and includes drawings, watercolors, sketches, and first edition signed books.

The museum’s collection contains ten etchings and watercolors by western artist Edward Borein who, along with Charles Russell, has been called the most authentic of all the early cowboy artists by virtue of his familiarity with the lifestyle. The museum also owns a rare collection, Ansel Adams: Portfolio One. Adams is widely known as the most famous American landscape photographer of all time, and a collection of Edward Weston photographs.

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