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The W. M. Keck Museum

Keck Museum

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Open Mon-Fri 9AM- 4PM &
The first Saturday each month 12-4PM

Closed University Holidays. The museum is available for self-guided tours during normal business hours. To schedule a group tour or arrange for an after-hours tour, call (775) 784-4528 or submit an online request form.

Visit Nevada's 2nd Oldest Museum

Located in the Mackay School of Mines Building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W. M. Keck Earth Science & Mineral Engineering Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics.

Mineral Identification

The Keck Museum no longer offers mineral identification. We don'tt have the staff or resources to offer this service. The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology will help you with your inquiries.

John Mackay

Mining History Alive in the Keck

John W. Mackay was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 28, 1831. His family immigrated to New York when John was nine, In 1851, at the age of eighteen, Mackay sailed to California to seek his fortune as a gold miner.

In 1860, after little luck in California he headed for the hills around Virginia City, where he had heard of the discovery of new deposits.

In 1869, after moderate success as a miner, he was able to form a partnership with James G. Fair, James C. Flood, and William S. O'Brien.

This partnership was known as the Bonanza Firm, developers of the famous Comstock Lode. In 1873, Mackay struck one of the richest veins in history, the Big Bonanza, which produced more than $180 million in ore in just over four years.

Learn more about Nevada's mining history.


Gems & Minerals

An impressive collection of  ore and mineral specimens are on display at the W.M. Keck Museum

Check out the collection.



View the fossilized remains of a 3 million year old mastodon that was found in northern Nevada.

Learn more about our fossil collection.

Mackay Silver

The Mackay Silver Collection

In 1877 John Mackay shipped one-half ton of silver from his mines to Tiffany in New York resulting in an amazing 1250-piece collection on display at the Keck.

Learn more about this fascinating collection.

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