Brown Bag History/Second Saturday/Big 50 Film Festival

  • Brown Bag History is on the menu the third Thursday of every month (12:00 to 1:00 pm).  Bring your lunch to the museum theater and relax with a presentation on the heritage of Elko County.  A lively discussion follows for those who wish to participated.  Free admission.
  • Oriented toward ages 3 to 10, Second Saturday is a fun family morning (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) once a month.  Children enjoy activities and crafts related to history and nature topics.  Free admission.
  • For the Big 50 Film Festival, see what was showing in Elko theaters fifty years ago.  Families are encouraged to also bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks, then sit back and relax while enjoying vintage movies projected onto the back of the museum building.  Free admission (donations welcome).  Shows start at dusk.  Featured films next year will be from 1967.

Halleck Bar Party


Known as the best cocktail party in Elko for the past 40+ years, members and friends with a glass of Beefeater gin drink a toast to the acquisition of the antique bar and back bar from a saloon in the once wild and woolly nearby town of Halleck.  With an abundance of good company, good food, and of course, good gin, it is the best way to celebrate local history and culture.

The public is invited to join in celebrating our local history.  The date for the next Halleck Bar Party is April 14, 2017 (6:00 – 9:00 pm), with the theme “City of Elko Centennial” (1917-2017).  Come in costume as a character from the colorful past century of community history and win a prize for best dressed.  Live entertainment and a silent auction to boot!

Great Humboldt Duck Race


One of the museum’s biggest fundraisers, the Great Humboldt Duck Race, has become one of Elko’s unique family events.  Every year thousands of little rubber duckies are adopted by supporters of the museum and then dumped into the Humboldt River, where they race to the finish line.  The winning duck wins its adopter $1,500 cash and all the pride and prestige that come with sweet victory.  Meet our mascot Delko Duck at various venues around the area.  With each duck adoption, receive a wooden nickel good for 10% off on one item in the Museum Store.

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Great Humboldt Duck Race – Friday, July 15, 10:00 am

Children’s Fourth of July Celebration

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Saturday, July 2, 2016, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Join us again this Independence Day as we get back to our roots and celebrate the old fashioned way, with a children’s parade, games, and ice cold lemonade.