Last updated: 12/3/2009
Beatty, Nevada
Street Address
417 West Main Street
Beatty, NV 89003
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 244
Beatty, NV 89003
phone: 775-553-2967
Daily10 AM - 4 PM
Open by appointment for groups call 775-553-2967
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Maxine Makinster, Curator

Our Prehistoric Theater is the Ordovician fossils at the Great Beatty Mud Mounds overlooking this historic town. Our Nature Exhibit has hundreds of miles to view with wildlife and plant life indigenous to the Oasis Valley and Great Basin area. It all exists outside the town limits in the open desert. Inside the museum you will experience life in the early 1900's. Learn how the early miner's lived, worked and played. Walk the footsteps of the "Bullfrog Gold Rush" and learn about the ghost towns and sites in the area.


It is the intention of the Beatty Museum and Historical Society to preseve the history of the Bullfrog Mining District and Southern Nye County. A research center is currently being organized for historians, students, and the general public. Visit the museum while in the Beatty area and learn about the mining boom of the 1900's and how it impacts our lives today.


Three ladies that had been raised in Beatty, played in Rhyolite, and had roamed the hills of the Bullfrog Mining District, realized that a very important part of history was being lost. Over coffee at a local restaurant, they put together the Beatty Museum and Historical Society. Talking all their friends in becoming members they opened their first museum in a small cottage in 1995. They soon outgrew the little cottage through the generosity of the residents of Beatty. It seemed like memories were being brought in from everywhere. It soon became apparent that they needed a larger building, and leased the old water building across the street. That worked well for another 5 years. Again they outgrew the building, Purchasing the building they are currently in, and revamping what needed to be revamped, the Museum is now open on Main Street in a wonderful Historical Church. The Museum has expanded the original building making room for a larger collection and a research room. You are invited to browse the documents, photos and books housed there. Special projects are ongoing and will be listed on the virtual museum created here. The Society is a private non profit organization with approximately 200 members in the United States and Europe. The Museum was granted it's 501(c)3 status in 2001. We are actively searching for volunteers to assist in the Museum.


Access: General Public

Appointment required: No


Gift Shop

This information, including business hours, addresses and contact information is provided for general reference purposes only. No representation is made or warranty is given as to its content or the reliability thereof. User assumes all risk of use. Stories USA, Inc. and its content suppliers assume no responsibility for any loss or delay resulting from such use. Please call ahead to verify the dates, the location and directions.
Richmond, Virginia

Riggs Ward Design (RWD) is an award-winning experience planning and design studio headquartered in historic Richmond, Virginia. Over the past 24 years, we have provided experience design, strategic master planning, interpretive planning, research, content analysis, and storyline development for museums, universities, corporations, and cultural institutions. RWD’s services also include exhibit ephemera, books, and fundraising campaign materials.

Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 31, 2021 — Virtual
Arriving this October: The Western Museum Association Roadshow!
Monday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 — Washington, District of Columbia
2021 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Washington, District of Columbia
Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
2022 Public Land Alliance Convention and Trade Show
St. Louis, Missouri