beatty museum

Get to know one of the most fascinating historic mining districts in the Silver State one historical photo and Wild West tale at a time from the Beatty Museum and Historical Society. Located along the Free-Range Art Highway road trip in Beatty, NV—otherwise known as the Gateway to Death Valley National Park—this tiny, history-packed community is rich in desert adventure and richer still in historical significance, with only-found-here artifacts and one of the best historical photo archives in all of Nevada. Located on the southern edge of town, the Beatty Museum and Historical Society is housed in a converted old Catholic church and tells the natural and historic tales of the Amargosa Valley, Bullfrog Mining District, and beyond.

Dig into fascinating stories of the Bullfrog Mining District, Rhyolite, Beatty, and much more at this artifact-packed little institution, which retains an amazing collection of historical photos, books, and documents.

Beatty History

In more recent history, the town was founded at the turn of the century as the main supply hub of what was known as the “Bullfrog Mining District,” a southwestern Nevada gold mining district made up of more than a dozen claims and camps, including Beatty and famous Rhyolite. At its peak, Beatty railroads included the Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad, Bullfrog Goldfield Railroad, and Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad, which all chugged through Beatty on their way to the bustling nearby town of Rhyolite—now one of the most photographed ghost towns in the West. Today, visitors can gaze back to the booming days of Beatty, thanks to its historic buildings (some of which were relocated from Rhyolite after its boomtown days went bust), old railroad beds, and the scattering of nearby abandoned mines and ghost towns that include the once-prosperous Rhyolite.

Visiting the Beatty Museum and Historical Society Today

Originally a Catholic church built in the 1950s, the Beatty Museum and Historical Society is a fascinating way to explore the area’s incredible past. The museum was founded by three local women and formally established in 1995, focused on preserving the history of the Bullfrog Mining District. The amazing collection of books, photos, documents, and other artifacts lets visitors experience Beatty life from the early 1900s. The well-preserved relics offer a glimpse into the life of early miners in the area, revealing how the locals worked, lived, and played. As its collection increased, the Beatty Museum and Historical Society outgrew its original home in a small, simple cottage and was relocated to its current location on Beatty’s Main Street. The Beatty Museum collection has since increased to include an outdoor display of preserved equipment that were utilized in the local mining district, as well as a gazebo with benches and tables for visitors to enjoy picnic lunches.

Best yet, the Beatty Museum hosts regular programming, including seminars on the geology and wildlife of the region, along with days for younger science and history enthusiasts to explore the natural wonders of the Amargosa Valley. An on-site gift shop sells books and other souvenirs during operating hours.


The Beatty Museum and Historical Society is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


Admission to the Beatty Museum and Historical Society is free, but donations are kindly accepted.

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Central, Nevada