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varied exhibits and a planetarium, this museum also offers many
history exhibits and artifacts. People on the Plains is an
exhibit of how early inhabitants of the area survived and lived.
This exhibit includes many artifacts used by the American
Indians on the Great Plains. Other history exhibits
feature an authentic 1857 log cabin built by John Adams which
was moved here from Gage County. Located at 1330 N.
Burlington Avenue in Hastings, NE.
State Historical Park
Neligh Mill State Historic Site [History & Photos]
in 1873, the 1880s mill equipment is still intact and the
history of flour milling in Nebraska is recounted on the tour.
Located on N Street at Wylie Drive in Neligh, NE.
Antelope County Museum & Old Jail Museum
Organized by the
Antelope County Historical Society, there are 3 buildings
maintained by the society. The main museum is housed in
the old county jail. Other buildings include the Pioneer
Church and a reproduction log cabin. Artifacts include
extensive collections of early documents and photos. The
Old Jail Museum is located at the intersection of Hwy 275 and
6th Street in Neligh, NE. The Antelope County Historical
Society is located at 509 L Street.
Boone County Historical Museum
Housed in the old
White Star filling station and rural school, the museum is
dedicated to the preservation and display of Boone County
history. Located at 1025 W. Fairview Street in Albion, NE
Kearney State Historical Park & Museum
Built in 1848, Fort
Kearney was built to protect the Oregon Trail emigrants.
An interpretive center gives visitors insight into the history
of the fort. Archeological exploration is being performed
at the site.
Great Platte River Road Archway Monument
& Information] [Photo
Created to look like
a covered bridge, the monument pays tribute to the Americans who
travelled the Great Platte River Road, a long and difficult
route across the prairies and South Pass. Located across
Interstate 80 at Exit 272 in Kearney, NE.
Operated by the
Buffalo County Historical Society, the museum features exhibits
and artifacts related to the history of Kearney and Buffalo
County, NE along with several historical buildings which have
been moved to the site. Located on the original Mormon
Trail at 710 W. 11th Street in Kearney, NE.
Burt County Museum
Located in Tekamah, Nebraska, this local history museum operates
Houston House plus the
School House & Annex and a
Family Research Center.
Swedish Heritage Center
Located in Oakland, Nebraska, learn about Swedish culture and
enjoy the many Swedish activities offered such as a real old
fashioned Swedish Festival.
Bess Streeter Aldrich House
Bess Streeter Aldrich
is known as one of the finest writers to hail from Nebraska.
The home is beautifully furnished with period pieces and
furnishings, while the museum tells the story of this author of
early Nebraska life. While the house is at 204 E. F Street
and offers guided tours by appointment, the Aldrich Museum
(included in house admission) is located at 124 West D Street in
Cass County Historical Society Museum
The museum is dedicated to the preservation of
history since settlement in 1854. Visitors will learn
about the early pioneers, view exhibits and artifacts related to
the history of Cass County Operated by the Cass County
Historical Society. Located at 646 Main in Plattsmouth,
Heritage House Museum
The four building
complex features an 1866 house, a homeopathic doctor's office, a
business museum and pioneer and archaeological displays related
to the history of Weeping Water and the surrounding area
of Nebraska. Located at 215 W. Eldora in Weeping Water,
Joseph Cook Log Cabin
Operated by the Cass County Historical Society,
the 1868 log cabin which belonged to Joseph and Mary Cook, is
located at the corner of Second and Main in Plattsmouth, NE.
Open by appointment only.
Champion Mill State Historical Park
Bowring Ranch Working Ranch and Living History Museum
Merriman, the ranch is a living history museum where visitors
can learn about ranching, homesteading and other information
related to the Sandhills and Bowrings.
John G. Neihardt State Historic Center
Custer County Historical Society Museum
Focus is on 19th
century life in Custer County, NE. Located at 445 So. 9th
Avenue in Broken Bow, NE.
Located in the town's oldest commercial building,
the Crawford Historical Museum features a wide variety of
displays and research material concerning the Crawford area.
Handicap accessible. Located at 339 2nd Street (corner of
2nd & Elm) in Crawford, NE.
Fort Robinson Museum [History & Photos]
The museum is
housed inside the 1905 post headquarters. Exhibits tell
the story of Fort Robinson from the times of the Red Cloud
Agency of the 1870s to the use as a POW camp during WWII.
other historic buildings on the post are available for tour
also and include a blacksmith shop, officers quarters, a
guardhouse, a marker designating the spot where Crazy Horse was
killed and others. Located on US Hwy 20 just 3 miles west
of Crawford, NE.
Dawson County Historical Museum
Focus is on the
history of Dawson County. The museum features several
authentically restored structures including: 1888 Reed
Schoolhouse, 1880 Willow Island Depot along with the 1903
Baldwin Locomotive and an 1937 fire truck. Visitors will
find many historical artifacts and exhibits and an art gallery
for local and regional artists. Located at 805 North Taft
Street in Lexington, NE.
Louis E. May Museum
Housed in an 1874
mansion, the museum includes a general store display, research
library, and a one room school house with exhibits to take you
back to a simpler time. They also have an 1860s log house.
Durham Western Heritage Museum
Built in 1929, the
elegant building which houses the Durham Museum was a new
station for the Union Pacific Railroad. For 40 years, the
station was one of the busiest railway stations in the United
States. Closed in 1971, the building became home to the
Western Heritage Museum. In 1995 the building was closed
and restoration was begun. It was reopened to the public
in 1996 and the name was soon changed to the Durham Western
Heritage Museum. The museum attracts many visitors.
Located at 801 . 10th Street in Omaha, NE.
Florence Historic District
Fort Omaha Historic Site
Freedom Park Navy Museum
General Crook House Museum
House Historical Marker]
Built 1878-1879, the
Douglas County Historical Society is housed here along with the
Archives of the Indian Wars. Located on the grounds of the
Fort Omaha Barracks at 5730 North 30th Street.
Joslyn Castle [History]
Home to George and
Sarah Joslyn, the four story mansion was built in 1903.
From 1944-1989 the mansion served as the Omaha Public School
system headquarters. Today, the historic site can be
toured by visitors
Keirle Historic Home
Located at 3017
Mormon Street, rarely open to the public.
Mormon Trail Visitors Center at Historic Winter Quarters
Omaha Historic Old Market
Gage County Historical Society and Museum [History]
Great Plains Welsh Heritage and Culture Centre
Focused on the history of early Welsh settlers
of the Great Plains through displays, artifacts and oral
histories. Located at 307 S. 7th Street in Wymore, NE.
Homestead National Monument [Homestead
Act of 1862]
Welsh Heritage Center
Focus of the
museum is on the discovery, preservation and interpretation
of regional history and the expansion of the Great Plains
Welsh Heritage & Culture Centre. Discover the Welsh
history of Wymore. Located at 307 South 7th Street in
Welsh Schoolhouse Museum
Shoolhouse is a
fully furnished one room schoolhouse from ca 1900 is located
inside McCandless Park on Highway 77 in Wymore, NE.
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer [Virtual Tour]
Hooker County Historical Museum
Housed in the
1916 Ham's Hotel building, the museum offers 3 floors of
historical artifacts, memorabilia and pioneer items
reflecting the history of Hooker County, Nebraska.
Located at the corner of NW 1st & Lincoln Streets in Mullen,
District 10 School
Historic Steele City
Rock Creek Station State Historic Site on The Pony Express Historical
Trail [History, Photo and Information]
Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum
W C Smith House and Lime Kiln
International Quilt Study
Center and Museum
largest publicly held quilt collection in the world, the museum
holds over 3500 quilts dating from the early 1700s to present
time and represents more than 25 countries. Located on the
East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the corner
of 33rd and Holdredge Streets.
Housed inside the
original tractor test laboratory building at the University of
Nebraska - Lincoln, the museum gives visitors a glimpse into the
history of farming and the evolution of farm mechanization.
Next door to the museum, they are still testing tractors today!
Located at 35th & Fair Street in Lincoln, NE.
Museum of Nebraska History
history museum features over 10,000 years of the history of the
peoples and cultures of Nebraska From the first Nebraskans
(the American Plains Indians), to the settlement of the state by
a hardy pioneer people, the museum offers exhibits of many fine
collections of Native American artifacts, early pioneer
heirlooms, memorabilia, and historical images & documents
related to the history of the state of Nebraska. Located
at 15th and P Streets in Lincoln, NE.
Nebraska State Capitol [Guided
The Nebraska State
Capitol was started in 1922 and took 10 years to complete.
It is the 3rd Nebraska state capitol building. There are
15 floors above ground and the building is 400 feet tall.
The beautiful building is open to visitors and guided tours are
offered. Located at 1445 K Street in Lincoln, NE.
Thomas P. Kennard
House / Nebraska Statehood Memorial
[History & Photos]
The Thomas P.
Kennard House is the oldest standing structure in the original
plat of Lincoln, Nebraska. The 1869 Italianate style house
was home to Thomas P. Kennard, the first Nebraska Secretary of
State. The home has been restored and features tours year
round. Located at 1627 H Street in Lincoln, NE.
University of Nebraska State Museum
Visitors will see
exhibits, historical artifacts and items related to the history
of the great state of Nebraska. Learn about the early
peoples and animals who once called Nebraska home. Located
at 307 Morrill Hall on the campus of the University of
Buffalo Bill Ranch (Scout's Rest) State Park
[Photos & History]
Cody Park Railroad Museum
Visitors will get
a hands on experience in this museum filled with historic
railroad artifacts including one of the largest steam
locomotives ever built. Located at 1400 North Jeffers in
North Platte, NE.
Lincoln County Historical Museum
Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center
Madison County Museum
Chimney Rock National Historic Site [History
Oregon Trail Wagon Train - take a wagon train tour!
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Pawnee City Historical Museum
The living history museum is a collection of 16 historical
buildings containing artifacts, photos and historic documents related to the
history of Pawnee County, Nebraska. Historic buildings include the Curtis
House, David Butler's House, a log cabin, the Cracker Box School, the Lower West
Branch Schoolhouse and more. Located on East Highway 8 in Pawnee City, NE.
Table Rock Pioneer History Museum
Visitors will find a complex of seven historic buildings in Table
Rock, NE. Some of the historical buildings are a church, rural schoolhouse
and a print shop. An Old Opera House is included where stage plays are
performed in the summertime. Located in old downtown Table Rock, NE.
Pierce Historical Society Museum Complex [Photos]
The museum is a complex of five
buildings from the past. the main building has 3000 square feet and
features a virtual Main Street from Pierce's past. You will see a drug
store soda fountain, the Dr office of W. I. Devers, a print shop and more.
Other buildings in the complex include a depot, schoolhouse, and blacksmith
shop. Located inside Gilman Park in Pierce, NE.
Platte County History Museum [Displays]
St. Michael's Catholic Church Historic Complex [Photos]
Polk County Historical Museum
This history museum is focused on
the history of Polk County, Nebraska. Featured at the site, are a museum,
a sod house, log cabin, a country church, a country school, and an old Union
Pacific caboose. Located on Hawkeye Street in Osceola, NE.
Saline County Historical Museum [History & Photos]
Saunders County Historical Museum [Historical Photos]
History & Museums
include the 1860s Sautter House, 1890 Portal School, an 1830s
log cabin and more. Learn about the history of Sarpy
County, NE through these historic sites of old.
Sarpy County Historical Museum
Devoted to the
history of Sarpy County from the American Indians to the early
settlers. 2402 Clay Street, Bellevue, NE.
|Scotts Bluff County
Farm and Ranch Museum [Photos]
Focus is on the
history of farming and ranching on the high plains of Nebraska.
Located 1 mile west of Gering on the route to Scotts Bluff
North Platte Valley Museum
Take a step back in
time and learn about early settlement in the North Platte River
Valley of western Nebraska. Through exhibits and
artifacts, you will discover the history of the Sioux and
Cheyenne Indians, the European farmers, ranchers and early town
settlers. Tour a sod house and a log cabin. Located
at the corner of 11th and J in Gering, NE.
Scotts Bluff National Monument [Historic Photo Collection]
Seward County Historical Museum
The museum consists
of a main exhibit hall along with the Eberspacher home, an 1869
log cabin, a school house, and a genealogy research library.
Located one mile north of Goehner, NE on 364th Road.
Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park
Fort Hartsuff was
active and provided protection during the Indian warfare on the
Nebraska plains between 1874 and 1881. In later years it
served as a farm headquarters and was donated to the State of
Nebraska in 1961. Today it is operated as a living history
museum at special times of the year. A visitors center
housed in an 1874 building at the Fort welcomes visitors year
Fontanelle Township Hall
Fort Atkinson State Park & National Historic Site
[Friends of Fort Atkinson] [History] [Photos]
Washington County Historical Museum
Historic Sites in Webster County
Webster County Historical Museum
Housed inside a 1909 classic revival style mansion, the museum is
devoted to the history of the early settlers of Webster County. Along with
exhibits of historical artifacts, antiques, and memorabilia, the museum features
a genealogy department which includes an extensive archives. Located at
721 W. 4th Avenue in Red Cloud, NE.
Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial
Tours and Photos]
Enter the 1880s in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
413 North Webster, Red Cloud, NE.
Wessel's Living History Farm [Tour the farm]
Museum Index for Other States
Nebraska Census Records