About the Museum

Keck Museum

W.M. Keck
Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum within the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering

University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557

phone (775) 784-4528      
fax (775) 784-1766

Nevada's 2nd Oldest 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 relics.

There is a special emphasis on early Nevada mining history with samples from famous mineral districts such as the Comstock Lode, Tonopah, and Goldfield.  The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.

The original mining museum opened in 1908 in the newly constructed Mackay School of Mines building (Read the original dedication document). It was renamed in honor of the W.M. Keck Foundation after their generous contribution towards the building's renovation in 1988.  Read more about the museum in our on-line guide (pdf format)

Hours & Tour Information

The museum is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed weekends and University holidays. Parking is available near the information booth located at the Center Street entrance to the University or in the parking garage north of the Mackay School of Mines building.

Admission is free.

The museum is open to the public for self-guided tours Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you would like to schedule a group tour or arrange for an after-hours tour, call the museum office at (775) 784-4528.