The W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum

Keck Museum


Open Mon-Fri 9AM- 4PM &
The first Saturday each month 12-4PM Closed University Holidays. Admission to the museum is free.

Contact us

(775) 784-4528 or visit our Facebook page.


The museum is available for self-guided tours during normal business hours. To schedule a group tour or arrange an after-hours tour, call or submit an online request form.

Visit Nevada's Oldest Geology Museum

Located in the Mackay School of Mines Building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W. M. Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related objects. The Keck Museum has been free since it opened in 1908. The Keck relies on donations to pay for programs, exhibits, and other services, donations are important and appreciated. If you believe the Keck Museum is important and would like to support the museum please contact us at (775) 784-4528.

Mineral Identification

The Keck Museum no longer offers mineral identification. We don't 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 at the Keck

The W. M. Keck Museum is a living legacy of the Comstock Lode and Nevada's early mining boom. The Museum still uses oak cases from 1908. Beyond the historical nature of the museum itself the Keck exhibits the history of the Mackay School, and the University at large. The Keck Museum is currently redesiging its exhibit on the Comstock Lode. This new exhibit will open early 2017.

Learn more about Nevada's mining history.


Gems & Minerals

The W.M. Keck Museum exhibits an impresive collection of ores and minerals from all over the world. The Keck has a collection of over 80,000 mineral and ore specimens. 15,000 objects are on view for the general public. Other specimens are in storage and available for viewing upon request.

Check out the collection.



The Museum's fossil collection tells the paolontological history of Nevada. Visitors can view our 3 million year old mastodon fossil, 200 million year old Ichthyosaur fossils, and the unique heliocoprion jaw. Our fossil collection is available for research upon request.

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. A significant part of this collection is on display at the Keck Museum.

Learn more about this fascinating collection.