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Western Folklife Center

501 Railroad St, Elko, NV 89801-3752
+1 775-738-7508
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Jam Session

Visited the center on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for the local jam session in the old Pioneer... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
John B
via mobile
Great Evening!

Earlier this week I attended a tourism event at the Western Folklife Center and was really... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Sharron G
Minden, NV
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This center focuses on contemporary folk art, cowboy gear and serves as the headquarters for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“pioneer hotel” (4 reviews)
“cowboy music” (3 reviews)
501 Railroad St, Elko, NV 89801-3752
501 Railroad St, Elko, NV 89801-3752
+1 775-738-7508
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Visited the center on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for the local jam session in the old Pioneer Bar in the center. It is the original bar from 1912. Great music and the beer was only $3.00.

Thank John B
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Earlier this week I attended a tourism event at the Western Folklife Center and was really surprised at the quality of the facility, friendliness of the staff, fantastic music and great food! Also appreciated the free and ample parking. Just awesome atmosphere! Highly recommend

Thank Sharron G
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We frequent this family hot spot!! It has something for all ages! And a nice gift shop that's not over priced! Lots of family activist throughout the warm months!!

Thank da2bemisty
Reviewed 9 February 2017

You know what a riata is, but what about a mecate? Find out here along with other excellent folk arts like leather tooling. Learn about the Irish roots of Cowboy music. Belly up to the Pioneer Bar.

Thank MJHBlack
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

We usually visit during the Gathering but it is well worth the visit regardless. Staff are welcoming and salon is so fun. The gift shop is really nice and the small exhibit is fun especially if you find a volunteer. Parking is plentiful and Several...More

Thank Gemma'smum
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Stopped in on a road trip and enjoyed the shop and then a tour of the great historic Pioneer Hotel. The man working the counter shared the great and bawdy history of the building and then we checked out the great adjacent museum. Don't miss...More

Thank NevadaHighdesert
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Small museum celebrating the area's cowboy heritage, entirely staffed by volunteers. The one who was on duty when were there was a delight - extremely knowledgeable about the local area, history, customs etc. Bonus - this place has a fabulous gift shop with lots of...More

Thank Kathy L
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Stopped in out of curiosity and what a fun little place. Great gift shop and wonderful artwork. Wish the fantastic antique bar had been up and running but it was great to see.

Thank Cari B
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We were in Elko for a short stop on our way to the coast. The exhibitions with photography from the prairie and especially the short movie "why the cowboy sings"(16 min) summed and put a perspective on what we had seen and experienced on our...More

Thank Henrik L
Reviewed 5 May 2016

Very nice museum exhibits, beautiful quilts on the walls, and many interesting photo exhibits. Also a well stocked gift shop with many unique items, books of cowboy poetry, CD's of cowboy music, clothes, jewelry, and other cowboy style items.

Thank seldominn
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