Churchill County Museum And Archives

1050 South Maine Street

The Churchill County Museum and Archives opened its doors on July 4, 1968. Since that time, visitors have marveled at the generous contributions from area residents that comprise the displays, filling almost 10,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Museum's Annex building, opened in 1989, adds another 4,000 square feet.

The Museum is funded by Churchill County, and the exhibits are supported through donations and funds provided by the Churchill County Museum Association, a private, non-profit support group.

The main purpose of the museum is to establish, operate and maintain a public museum. Our mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and share those artifacts, photographs and documents that serve to illustrate the story of humans and nature in Churchill County. 

The understanding of our heritage is basic to an understanding of the world we live in and gives us a better appreciation of our state and country.

The museum has a triple mission to serve. Currently, over 12,000 people visit the museum each year. Many are from Churchill County, but a large majority visit from all fifty states and many foreign countries. One part of this triple mission is to share our county's  history with these visitors.

The second part of our mission is to provide local people, adults and children, with programs that enlighten and teach. Special speakers, children's events (see photo below), Association newsletters, changing exhibits and our yearly book, In Focus, serve the community by explaining Churchill County's past.

The last part of our mission is to ensure that our collections of Churchill County artifacts and archival papers are preserved for the future. This means that the museum must continue to employ trained staff that will store, catalog and maintain our collections properly.

The museum's photographic collection alone contains 40,000 photographs! All have been recorded onto the computer, making them easy to use for research and exhibit purposes. The general public is invited to look through the photographs, and copies of most pictures can be purchased through the museum.


Kristin Prostinak

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Awesome museum with a lot of history and it is free! My favorite artifact was the mochila which is a leather pack that goes over the saddle. It was used in 1860 by the Pony Express to carry mail! I also loved the quilt that was made by some of the staff members of the museum. They have an interactive area for children and a cute gift shop too. Everyone was very kind and helpful.

Rita Spillman-Bills

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Omgosh! This is by far one of the BEST museums I've ever visited. It is much bigger than it looks. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. It was absolutely amazing. It's free to enter, but they do ask for donations. Gift shop is small, but very well stocked and the prices were not outrageous like so many are.

Lurana Cancilla

Monday, April 2, 2018
Very well developed museum exhibits and library. 30 minite video on Hidden Cave very informative. Arrowhead and Mineral exhibits outstanding.

Bernard Leonard

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
I took my daughter here and we had a really nice time. This museum does a good job of giving the past of this wonderful city. Not the biggest, but definitely one of the most interesting.

Rachel Leach

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
What an amazing place! One of the best museums I have ever visited. DEFINITELY worth your time!