The museum opened to great anticipation with a collection of exhibits that were both loaned and donated by various citizens of White Pine County. Visitors to the museum today will find a respectable collection of research materials that include early record books of both the county and some of its businesses. Historians use these records in their research about this part of Nevada and its past inhabitants.
The museum is also home to an impressive mineral collection that includes more than 300 types of rocks and minerals. Among those on display are samples of gold, silver and copper ore. Visitors will also find fossils of ancient marine life, petrified woods and a selection of beautifully polished rocks. Other exhibits at the White Pine County Public Museum feature 19th century transportation pieces, a fantastic Hesselgesser doll collection and a model of a pre-historic cave bear that was discovered in a nearby cave. In addition to its varied and interesting exhibits, the museum boasts the first mural in Ely, which is quickly becoming known as the “City of Murals.” The mural was painted by Colin Williams in 2000 and is located on the exterior of the main museum.