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Western Folklife Center

Address: 501 Railroad St, Elko, NV 89801
Phone Number: 775-738-7508
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Ranked #4 of 6 things to do in Elko
Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: This center focuses on contemporary folk art, cowboy gear and serves as the headquarters for the...
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Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: This center focuses on contemporary folk art, cowboy gear and serves as the headquarters for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We were there for our annual trip to Cowboy Poetry. I always love exploring this little museum when I am there. They do a great job with NV history and take great pride in their installation of art and artifacts.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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90 reviews 90 reviews
25 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Small museum and a small shop selling cowboy themed items and CD's. It also holds many events during the year in it's small stage area.

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Portland, Oregom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
31 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This corner storefront leads to a surprisingly informative, literate and beautiful store and museum dedicated Western life. It is a fundraising arm of the annual cowboy poetry festival in Elko. We thought we'd be there for five minutes and stayed nearly an hour. Don't miss it!

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Green Valley, Arizona
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281 reviews 281 reviews
131 attraction reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I really did not know what to expect from a visit, but it was raining and this is all inside so I decided to give it a try and was glad I did. Located in the historic century old Pioneer Hotel with its rooftop sign to guide you to its location, the Western Folklife Center is easy to find and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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157 reviews 157 reviews
13 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Classical depiction of life in the early days of western life. It has a bar too! Great jukebox playing the golden oldies, could have spent a lot of time there, but the Star beckoned for dinner.

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Spring Creek, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The Western Folklife Center is a wonderful spot to stop and see the many aspects of life in the West. The gift shop is full of wonderful, one-of-a-kind, local and authentic items. Beautiful pictures of the area, cookbooks, knick-knacks, jewelry, and more! The old-time bar area is an authentic bar-back that's over 100 years. Inlayed with stained glass and adorned... More 

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Langley, Washington
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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

They keep doing it right. Thank goodness for dedicated staff, volunteers, financial supporter and so many great artists of poetry, song, dance, and opportunities to learn about the "land" from esteemed academics and those with a lifetime of experience.

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California
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385 reviews 385 reviews
45 attraction reviews
383 helpful votes 383 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Great exhibit in the Weigand gallery, nice gift shop and super authentic bar. Glass would be nice as everything is served in plastic. We had hoped the archives would be available, but they aren't. Lets hope this changes soon. Gift shop has great selection of cowboy poetry books, music and souvenirs. A nice stop if traveling on 80.

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Bay Area, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
17 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We four non-cowboys traveled from the Bay Area and have really enjoyed our time here. We have listened to some great music and some pretty good poetry. But what we have really enjoyed are the amazing cowboy clothes, the friendly people and the music sessions on the smaller stages. The one thing we regret is buying tickets to so many... More 

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Boulder City, NV
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Small place, but enjoyed the posters from the last 25+ years. Brought one home. Nice exhibits on Italian immigrants in the valley and the Basque connections. Desk attendant very helpful.

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