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History & Culture

Museums in Elko, NV

Northern Nevada is full of rich history that dates back even before settlers and the western gold rush. Learn all about the area and its people when you visit an Elko museum during your next trip to the Ramada Elko Hotel and Casino.

Northeastern Nevada Museum
One of the most fascinating collections at the Northeastern Nevada Museum is the rare mastodon fossil that was found just south of Elko. Learn about what the area was like while these creatures were alive 11,000 – 10,000 years ago and then move through time with exhibits that feature everything from classic Western art to the Pony Express era, gaming history and more. Learn more here.

California Trail Interpretive Center
The California Trail took up to 250,000 pioneers west to California over 2,000 miles. Learn their enduring stories and adventures through varied family-friendly media. Take some time after exploring the facility to hike the surrounding trails which highlight spectacular views of the nearby Ruby Mountains. Learn more here.

Western Folklife Center
Elko’s Western Folklife Center is located on Railroad Street and is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich culture of Nevada and the American west. Throughout the year, the center hosts exhibitions, performances, workshops and youth programs meant to teach and inspire. It is most well known for producing the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering each January. Find more information here.

Sherman Station
This once home and now landmark was built by the Walther family and originally located about 60 miles south of Elko. In recent years, the limber pine ranch house and five outbuildings were moved and restored and now serve as a historic site here in town. Group and self-guided tours of the buildings are available and allow visitors to view memorabilia and artifacts that transport them back in time to when the old west was taking shape. Learn more here.