Donkey History Museum

Fascinated by the bands of burros that dot Nevada’s landscapes? Learn all about the beloved donkey at this Mesquite museum dedicated to a favorite Silver State (and beyond) icon.

At the Donkey History Museum in Mesquite, one animal is the star of the show. Opened by the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, this museum chronicles and celebrates the many contributions that donkeys have made around the world. Burros have long been important contributors to the Silver State story, and the always-evolving exhibits here are sure to delight and educate.

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

What’s the difference between a donkey and a burro? Not much! “Burro” is the Spanish word for “donkey.” Here in Nevada, we regard wild donkeys as burros due to the animals originally being brought to our part of the globe by Spaniards.

The Donkey History Museum features multiple galleries, including collections dedicated to pop culture, military service, and international memorabilia. From toys and figurines to artwork, vintage photographs, and life-size displays, visitors will leave with a new appreciation for these four-legged friends.

A film and virtual reality theater, gift shop, and gem panning round out the Donkey History Museum experience.


The Donkey History Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Monday.


Admission to the Donkey History Museum is free.

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Southern Nevada, Nevada




Southern Nevada