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Interesting place

Staff in gift shop was very knowledgable and friendly. They had an inspiring movie. The theme of... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2018
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Daytime visit

Has lots of interesting displays and items for sale that pertain to the local area. You have to... read more

Reviewed June 30, 2018
Elko, Nevada
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This center focuses on contemporary folk art, cowboy gear and serves as the headquarters for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
501 Railroad St, Elko, NV 89801-3752
+1 775-738-7508
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Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Staff in gift shop was very knowledgable and friendly. They had an inspiring movie. The theme of the display was the Basque influence which was interesting because of their own impromptu poetry and contest.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank christwg
Reviewed June 30, 2018

Has lots of interesting displays and items for sale that pertain to the local area. You have to visit if you want to know more about the local area and its history. They have special programs in the evenings (scheduled) which change frequently.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank redlemon65
Reviewed May 16, 2018

Interesting assortment of information about the Basque culture in the area. "Why Cowboys Sing" 18 minute video had audience singing and humming along with some of the songs. lol Very nice gift shop attached has many fun items.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank I4976XUrobertj
Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

Just attended my first festival, which just completed their 34th year. Absolutely fantastic time and would recommend it to anyone, young and old to attend. The stories, poetry, and music are stellar. So authentic and moving. Crying one minute, laughing hard the next! I left...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank SkipHobart
Reviewed February 4, 2018

If you haven't made it to Elko for the Cowboy gathering you are missing out ! great venue, music, poetry and shopping for wonderful western items.

Date of experience: December 2017
3  Thank Annabella W
Reviewed February 4, 2018

The Western Folklife Center is a true gem for celebrating and sustaining western life in the Great Basin-- primarily ranching and Basque sheep herding. Great bar for conversation, gift shop, art gallery of beautiful local western art, and a nice theater for live performances. Friendly...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank kumtux
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

Nice center, a mountain of interesting information about ‘the West’, cowboy life, sheep herding, ranching, Basque culture. The adjoining pub provides with additional experiences, especially in the evening when they have performances. Definitely a place to swing by when visiting Elko.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank C-Z-1982
Reviewed January 30, 2018 via mobile

Fabulous old bar with plenty of seating and often live music. Opens into art gallery. This week is 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering featuring life and art and music and poetry of Basque sheep herders. Sketches from their tree art.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Becky B
Reviewed August 9, 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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank John B
Reviewed April 28, 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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank sharrongeg
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