Current Exhibits

The historic Nevada Northern Railway Depot was completed in 1907, and supported the Nevada Northern Railway, which once connected Ely’s copper mines to the Southern Pacific Railroad 140 miles to the north.

Today, the East Ely Depot — restored to its original appearance — now serves as a museum, telling the story of one of the nation’s most important railroads.  The museum’s second- floor exhibits include the history of the railroad and the mine it was built to serve.  Original furnishings and interpretive panels allow each visitor to experience significant milestones in the history of eastern Nevada mining, smelting, and railroading while celebrating the ethnicity and labor force that produced the copper that lit the nation.