The Western Folklife Center uses story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.
Our exhibitions, educational programs, national radio and television programs, research and preservation projects, and our premier event, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, explore and give voice to traditional and dynamic cultures of the American West.
Located in the historic Pioneer Building in downtown Elko, Nevada, the Western Folklife Center is both a local and a regional nonprofit cultural center for northeast Nevada, with an exhibition gallery, 300-seat theater, 20-seat black box theater, historic saloon and gift shop. Founded in 1980, it is governed by a Board of Trustees along with a National Advisory Council made up of leaders in Western cultural life. In addition to its full- and part-time staff, a cadre of members, stakeholders and volunteers help the Folklife Center succeed in its mission. Operating support comes from a combination of earned and contributed income from ticketed events, public sources, private foundations, individual donors and businesses.
The Western Folklife Center business offices, Pioneer Saloon, G Three Bar Theater and lower level restrooms are closed at this time due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop and Wiegand Gallery are open for business!
Forgot your mask? We’ve got plenty of bandanas and are happy to share!
Western Folklife Center
501 Railroad Street Hours of operation:
Elko, Nevada 89801 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ph: 775-738-7508 Tuesday through Friday,
Fax: 775-738-2900 Closed on holidays.
Gift Shop and Wiegand Gallery
Ph: 775-738-7508, ext. 234 or 888-880-5885
10:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday
Closed Sundays and holidays (Hours may change during special events.)