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Five Questions with Northeastern Nevada Museum

The Northeastern Nevada Museum is located at 1515 Idaho Street in Elko, Nevada.  Photo courtesy Northeastern Nevada Museum

Whether you're an art aficionado, a fan of flora and fauna, or you just heart history, the Northeastern Nevada Museum is the place for you. Located in Elko, Nevada, the museum offers exhibits, such as a two-million-year-old mastodon and a group show by four local women artists, as well as public events, including a classic film festival and an annual barn tour. We spoke with Museum Director Claudia Wines to learn more.

NEA: Please tell me a little bit about the Northeastern Nevada Museum and what makes it unique.

CLAUDIA WINES: Exhibits in the 40,000 square-foot Northeastern Nevada Museum feature local and natural history, local cultures, worldwide wildlife in natural settings, and both permanent and rotating art. Research facilities include 40,000 photos, area newspapers from 1872, public records, and a 1,000-volume library. There is also a gift shop and 90-seat theater.

NEA: What’s your favorite part of the museum and why?

WINES: I like the history exhibits, and also the art shows. They are always new and interesting.

NEA: What’s on exhibit now?

WINES: Our collection of original Will James western art, a tribute to Will James by local artist Larry Bute, and an exhibit from the Nevada Arts Council called Great Basin Exteriors, featuring the work of Adam Jahiel, Nolan Preece, and Daniel Cheek.

NEA:What do you hope visitors to the Northeastern Nevada Museum will take away from the experience?

WINES: They always tell us that they are amazed that there is such a wonderful museum in a town as small as Elko, and we hope they will continue to feel this way.

NEA: Aside from the Northeastern Nevada Museum, what’s your favorite museum to visit and why?

WINES: The Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nevada.

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