(775) 289-4710

About Us at the White Pine Public Museum

Organized by the Ely Business and Professional Women’s Club in August, 1959. Originally the exhibits were on loan or donated through the generosity of the citizens of White Pine County. The McGill Drug Store was donated to the museum by the Culbert family and we are now known as the White Pine Public Museum and Historical McGill Drug Store. We are a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The museum promotes the diverse stories and history of our area for the education and benefit of all generations. In 1982 a 12,000 year-old giant Short Faced Cave Bear was discovered in Spring Valley by local cavers and is on display in our museum. Other indoor exhibits include a Lincoln Highway display, Native American artifacts, and mining history and geology in White Pine County and Great Basin Area. You can visit the Cherry Creek depot, a 1 room school house, log cabins and other outdoor exhibits including mining equipment, a caboose, and other artifacts. The Historical McGill Drug Store is a time capsule and remains as it was in the heydays of the town of McGill, including many products “on the shelf” from many years ago. This is a satellite museum, and can be scheduled periodically for tours by contacting the White Pine Public Museum at (775)-289-4710. Funding depends on membership fees, donations, our gift shop sales, and grants. Volunteers and two part-time staff operate our museum. School field trips are welcome and can be scheduled by calling the museum. When you visit our museum to learn, discover, entertain, or escape you will revisit the history, cultural diversity, and nostalgia of simpler times and the hard times in the lives of miners, ranchers, and pioneers.


January- Annual Meeting

February- Tea Pot/ Cups Display

March- 150 yr. Anniversary WPCo March 2nd

April- Recycled Art display

May- Cook Book sale

June- 22nd Beer & Bacon

July- WPHS reunion 50yr

August- 60th Anniversary Aug. 13th

September- Lincoln Hwy

October- NMAssoc. 3-day convention Oct 8-11 Possible Zombie Run

November- Cowboy Ball Nov. 15th

December- Antique ornaments / stockings  

Special Events & Displays


We are the best deal in the Silver State! We are a non profit organization. We ask for a $5 donation per person.

Museum memberships are available.  For more information please contact our office.

Museum Hours

Open daily 10-4. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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2000 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301


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This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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