This gallery contains a majority of the Will James collection donated by Don Frazier of Phoenix, Arizona. It is the second largest Will James collection in the world, which includes drawings, watercolors, sketches, and first edition signed books. There are also a few Will James personal items. Will James (1892–1942) was a legendary western artist, author, and cowboy of the American West.
New to the museum art collection are 10 etchings and watercolors by western artist Edward Borein donated by the estate of Jack Rice of Reno. Edward Borein (1872–1945) has been called, along with Charles Russell, the most authentic of all the early cowboy artists by virtue of his familiarity with the lifestyle.
The museum also owns a rare collection of famous American photographer Ansel Adams: Portfolio One, which was donated by Earl and Genevieve Frantzen. Ansel Adams (1902–1984) is widely known as the most famous American landscape photographer of all time.
Earl and Genevieve Frantzen also donated a collection of Edward Weston photographs. Edward Weston (1886–1958) has been called one of the most innovative and influential American photographers of the 20th century.
Besides being home to the legendary Halleck Bar, this gallery has art and cultural exhibits rotating 4 times per year.
Peter Goin: Nevada Rock Art (May 24 – August 30, 2016)
Mary Warner: Garden (August 30 – December 5, 2016)
Jake Cloward: Reflect West (December 6, 2016 – March 27, 2017)
The Barrick Gallery has rotating art exhibits 5 times per year. Recurring shows include the Elko County Art Club Annual Show and Sale and the Elko County School District Annual Student Art Show.
Honest Horses: A Portrait of the Mustang in the Great Basin (August 2 – October 6, 2016)
Ginger Ware: Gift of Emptiness (October 6 – December 8, 2016)
Words + Images: Broadsides from the Black Rock Press (December 9, 2016 – February 6, 2017)
Elko County Art Club Annual Show (February 7 – April 3, 2017)
Nevada’s largest collection of wild animals from around the world is on permanent exhibit in the Wanamaker Wing. There are more than 180 specimens exhibited in habitat dioramas, as well as animal mounts and historic hunting gear. The majority of these animals were donated by the late Jack Wanamaker of Burbank, California.
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A very rare find of 2 million-year-old Mastodon bones that were recovered from a construction site in nearby Spring Creek, Nevada, are on exhibit.
The museum has natural and regional history artifacts on exhibit in more than 40 custom cases. Regional exhibits chronicle northeastern Nevada history and culture, including exploration, railroads, mining, and ranching. There are displays of early Elko County culture highlighting household items, clothing, sporting goods, toys, firearms, medical practice, and a vintage printing press. Other exhibits feature American Indian, Basque, Chinese, and Cowboy cultures.
The museum has art and artifacts that are not located in any specific gallery. Around every corner and even outside you can find something interesting to see.
– Part of the permanent art collection is on display in stairwells and hallways. Micqaela Jones, Nolan Preece, Dirk Godby, David Stoecklein, Paul Homsey, and Marty Miller Hubble are just a few of the contemporary western artists on display.
Pony Express Cabin
– Located outside near the front entrance is an original Ruby Valley Pony Express Station cabin. It was built about 60 miles south of Elko in 1860 to serve as an exchange stop for Pony Express riders. The cabin was moved to Elko in 1960 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Stagecoaches – There are two completely restored stagecoaches at the museum, one is inside and one is outside. Both were used for transportation of people and goods in the early days of Elko County.
Elko Regional Airport – The museum has a portion of their historic collection dealing with transportation and communication artifacts on exhibit at the Elko Regional Airport terminal.
Elko Area Chamber of Commerce – The museum has collections of household items, farming and ranching equipment and school artifacts at the historic Sherman Station, which is the home of Elko Area Chamber of Commerce in the Elko City Park.