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Western Folklife Center

501 Railroad St, Elko, NV 89801
775-738-7508
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Ranked #4 of 6 Attractions in Elko
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Description: This center focuses on contemporary folk art, cowboy gear and serves as the headquarters for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
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Green Valley, Arizona
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211 reviews 211 reviews
96 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
12 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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358 reviews 358 reviews
45 attraction reviews
360 helpful votes 360 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

$5 to get in. One of the exhibits was a pair of 501 Levis. Could I charge $10 to see 2 pair in my suitcase back at the motel. A lot better value is to go across the street to Capriola tack store and buy a basque stile straw hat for $25.

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Langley, Washington
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71 reviews 71 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I think this was my 13th or 14th visit. Music, poetry, lectures, fun and friendship make the trip always worthwhile.

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salt lake city
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59 reviews 59 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

wonderful organization that deserves more support from business community in Elko. The Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the major event of the year in Elko and has achieved international status.

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