Three ladies that had been raised in Beatty, played in Rhyolite, and had roamed the hills of the Bullfrog Mining District, realized that a very important part of history was being lost. Over coffee at a local restaurant, they put together the Beatty Museum and Historical Society. Talking all their friends in becoming members they opened their first museum in a small cottage in 1995. They soon outgrew the little cottage through the generosity of the residents of Beatty. It seemed like memories were being brought in from everywhere. It soon became apparent that they needed a larger building, and leased the old water building across the street. That worked well for another few years but..... Again they outgrew the building, purchasing the building they are currently in, and revamping what needed to be revamped, the Museum is now open on Main Street in a wonderful Historical Church. The Museum has expanded the original building making room for a larger collection and a research room. You are invited to browse the documents, photos and books housed there. Special projects are ongoing and will be listed on the virtual museum created here. The Society is a private nonprofit organization with approximately 200 members in the United States and Europe. The Museum was granted its 501(c)3 status in 2001. We are actively searching for volunteers to assist in the Museum.
The museum offers long-term and changing exhibits, online resources for research, public programming, and special events. Each year, the museum serves over 35,000 visitors onsite and thousands of people via its online resource materials.
The museum is guided by a Board of Directors with 5 members, and is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. A staff of one full-time and one part-time employee and the help of museum docents, oversee day-to-day museum operations.