WHITE PINE Public Museum

The History of the White Pine Public Museum

  • Spearheaded by the Ely Business and Professional Women’s Club, 109 citizens joined together to develop a museum in White Pine County on August 1, 1959.
  • The museum opened with exhibits loaned & donated by the generosity of the citizens of White Pine County.
  • Its incorporation as the White Pine Public Museum was on June, 1960. The museum received a grant (Max D. Fleischman) in August of 1961.
  • The museum is supported by the Tour & Recreation Board, donations, memberships, admissions, and donations by visitors.

Our Research Collection

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Early record books of White Pine County and businesses are kept at the museum. They are used to help historians in their research about the area and its people.

Our Mineral Collection

Our mineral collection contains a wide variety of copper ore samples, petrified woods, fossils of ancient marine life and a collection of polished rocks.

Our Gift Shop

Don’t forget to visit our Gift Shop. We have Nevada and other history books, USGS Topographical maps, post cards, candy, jewelry, and more.

You can purchase Nevada history books, USGS Topographical Maps, local artist’s works and notecards, posters, old fashioned stick candy, postcards, gold pans, jewelry, and many miscellaneous items.

White Pine Public Museum Gift Shop 289-4710

Our Historic Murals

Thanks to the efforts of the Ely Renaissance Society, the museum received the first mural in Ely, painted in the year 2000. The mural was painted by Colin Williams, titled the “4th of July” and cost approximately $20,000. It is located on the outside of the main museum building.

Hundreds of Dolls

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Mamie Hesselgesser donated our doll collection, which contains representative dolls of all races and nationalities. They are made of rags, corn husks, papier-mâché, yarn, as well as modern materials. Many were made over 100 years ago.

Indian artifacts

Arrowheads, baby carriers, woven baskets, jewelry and tools are just some of the items that can be seen.


2000 Aultman Street in Ely.
Seasonal hours, recommend calling ahead

Go to official website visit http://www.wpmuseum.org/