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Sod house in Wallace, Lincoln County, Nebraska historical photo.

Sod house Wallace, Lincoln County, NE, ca 1907.

Postcard identifies this family: "Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Statton and children: Finis, Cload, Arley and Della."  

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Historical Museum Guide for Nebraska

A directory of Historical Museums in Nebraska, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Nebraska?  A visit to these Nebraska history museums and historic sites will give you the opportunity to soak up some local history and culture.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of early Nebraska people.  Learn how they lived in times past.

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Adams County Museums

Hastings Museum

Featuring many 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.


Antelope County Museums

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

The park is the site of an incredibly preserved fossil bed.  Visitors can start their visit at the Visitors Center, then on to the Hubbard Rhino Barn where new discoveries continue to be unearthed.  Nature trails are throughout the park, giving visitors a chance to view the ancient fossils.  Located at 86930 517 Avenue in Royal, NE.

Neligh Mill State Historic Site   [History & Photos]

Originally erected 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 

[Antelope County History]

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.


Banner County Museums Banner County Museum Complex

The museum complex is operated by the Banner County Historical Society and features the main museum building, a sod house, a log house, a Church, general store, a schoolhouse, and other historic buildings.  The museum features hundreds of historical artifacts and items from the prehistoric times through the pioneer sodbuster days.  Living history demonstrations are held in various parts of the complex at events and educational activities.  Located at 200 N. Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, NE.


Boone County Museums 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


Box Butte County Museums Dobby's Frontier Town

Dobby's Frontier Town is a collection of historic buildings which were saved from destruction by Kenneth Dobby Lee.  The buildings are being preserved and gives visitors a glimpse into what life was like in a frontier town of Western Nebraska.  Located at 320 East 25th Street (Nance road) in Alliance, NE.

Sallows Military Museum

Sallows Military Museum is focused on the remembrance of the men and women who served our country in times of conflict.  Exhibits include weapons, uniforms, memorabilia, photographs, and written documents.  Displayed items are primarily from individuals with connection to the Western Nebraska area.  Located at 1101 Niobrara Avenue in Alliance, NE.


Boyd County Museums Butte Community Historical Center and Museum on Facebook

Housed inside the former 1909 parochial school, the museum  features historical objects, books, photographs, and other items related to the history of Butte, Nebraska.  Located at the corner of 2nd and Broadway Streets in Butte, NE.


Brown County Museums

Brown County Historical Society Museum

The Brown County Historical Society Museum is housed in the 1918 Coleman House and features collections of historical items from Brown County and Nebraska cultural history.  Located at 456 Old Highway No. 7 in Ainsworth, NE.

Long Pine Heritage Society and Heritage House Museum

The museum features exhibits related to the local history of Long Pine, Nebraska.  Located at 199 W. 3rd Street in Long Pine, NE.

Sellors Barton Museum

The museum features historic objects of the area and an interpretive display about the Nebraska sandhills.  Located at the corner of US Highway 20 & Main Street in Ainsworth, NE.


Buffalo County Museums

Fort Kearney State Historical Park & Museum   

[Kearney History]

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.

The George W. Frank House

[Virtual Tour]

Built in 1886, the Frank house was the first house west of the Missouri River to be wired for electricity upon it's construction.  Furthermore, the house boasted indoor plumbing and steam radiators.  The house has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and today is a house museum which may be toured.  Located on the campus of the University of Nebraska at 2010 University Drive in Kearney, NE.

The Gibbon Heritage Center

The museum holds a collection of over 9000 items telling the history of area schools and businesses.  Includes an historic church with religious memorabilia.  Located at the corner of 2nd Street and Court Street in Gibbon, NE.

Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

[History & Information]  [Photo Gallery]

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.

Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Education Center


The museum features firefighting equipment and memorabilia along with the Nebraska Firefighters Hall of Fame and a memorial in remembrance of those who have made sacrifices.  Located at 2434 E. 1st Street in Kearney, NE.

Trails & Rails Museum

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 Museums Burt County Museum

The local history museum operates the Houston House plus the School House & Annex and a Family Research Center.  Located at 319 N 13th Street in Tekamah, NE.

The Decatur Museum

The Decatur Museum on Facebook

The museum is focused on the preservation of local history including both physical artifacts as well as the stories of families from the village of Decatur.  Located at 400 W 8th Street in Decatur, NE.

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.


Cass County Museums

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 Elmwood, NE.

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, NE.

Elmwood G.A.R. Hall Museum

Because so many Union soldiers homesteaded in Elmwood, a very active G.A.R. Post was established here.  Today, that G.A.R. Hall has been fully renovated and turned into a Veterans' museum.  Located at 124 East D Street in Elmwood, NE.

Greenwood Depot Museum on Facebook

Housed inside the historic Greenwood train depot, the museum is operated by the Greenwood Historical Society.  Local and railroad history are featured.  Open by appointment. Call 402-430-0238.  Located at 440 Broad Street in Greenwood, NE.

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, NE.

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.

The Murdock Museum

The Murdock Museum is focused on the local history of Murdock.  Located at 9014 310th Street in Murdock, NE.

Prairie Country School, 1892

Prairie Country School on Facebook


The recreated one-room schoolhouse features an authentic classroom and serves to educate the public and children about the schooldays of the past.  Located at 3rd & Railroad Street in Murdock, NE.


Cedar County Museums Cedar County Historical Museum

Housed inside the former A. K. Lammers house built in 1900, the museum is operated by the Cedar County Historical Society.  The museum features exhibits of historical items related to the past of Cedar County as well as the society's collection of historic documents, records and photographs.  Located at 304 West Franklin Street in Hartington, NE.


Chase County Museums

Champion Mill State Historical Park

The site features a restored water-powered flour mill.  Located in Champion, NE.


Cherry County Museums Bowring Ranch Working Ranch and Living History Museum

Located near Merriman, the ranch is a living history museum where visitors can learn about ranching, homesteading and other information related to the Sandhills and Bowrings.

Centennial Hall

The oldest surviving high school in Nebraska was built in 1897.  Valentine High School houses museum exhibits of historic artifacts including a collection of over 1700 bells, a military room and more.  The building is rumored to be haunted.  Located at 3rd and Macomb Streets in Valentine, NE.

Cherry County Historical Society Museum

The museum is operated by the Cherry County Historical Society and maintains an extensive library of microfilm records and newspaper files related to the local history of Cherry County.  Exhibits include Native American artifacts, homesteaders history, cattle ranching, Fort Niobrara and antique items from the days of the pioneers who homesteaded in Cherry County.  Located at the intersection of US Highway 20 and 83 in Valentine, NE.

Sandhills Museum

The museum features antique automobiles, firearms, farm machinery and implements along with other unusual items related to the history of the local Valentine area.  Located on Highway US 20, west of Main Street in Valentine, NE.


Colfax County Museums

Schuyler / Colfax County Museum

Schuyler Historical Society Museum on Facebook

The museum features historical displays related to the history of Schuyler and Colfax County, Nebraska.  Located at 309 E 11th Street in downtown Schuyler, NE.


Cuming County Museums

Cuming County Historical Museum Complex

The complex features several buildings filled with historical displays.  Buildings include the 1904 Chicago Northwestern Depot, St. Matthew's Church, a 1912 schoolhouse, a Union Pacific caboose, the Dinklage Heritage Museum and a building containing antique machinery and tractors.  Located on the County Fairgrounds at the corner of Washington Street and Mill Street in West Point, NE.

John G. Neihardt State Historic Center

Famous poet, John G. Neihardt, lived in Bancroft, Nebraska from 1900-1920.  Visitor will see the poet's study where he worked and learn about the life and times of John G. Neihardt.  Located at the corner of Elm Street & Washington Street in Bancroft, NE.

Wisner Heritage Museum

Wisner Heritage Museum on Facebook 

The Wisner Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the local history of Wisner, Nebraska.  Located at 922 Avenue E in Wisner, NE.


Custer County Museums

Boneyard Creation Museum

The museum is devoted to the display of scientific evidence for creation and showing the difference between evolution and creation.  Located at 1709 S E Street in Broken Bow, NE.

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.

Dowse Sod House

Dowse Sod House is one of the few remaining original and furnished sod houses in Nebraska.  Built in 1900 by William Ryan Dowse,  Located at 80560 Oak Grove Road in Comstock, NE.


Dakota County Museums The O'Connor House 

The 14 room mansion was built 1865-1875 as a home for Captain Cornelius O'Connor and family.  The house today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Operated by the Dakota County Historical Society, the house is open seasonally for tours.  Located on Blyburg Road in Homer, NE.


Dawes County Museums

Crawford Historical Museum

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.

Dawes County Historical Museum

Focused on the preservation of the Northwestern Nebraska history, the museum features a complex of structures including a log house, barn, 1890s schoolhouse, a pioneer church and a C & NW railroad caboose.  Historic artifacts and items are on display.  Collections include area antiques, a general store, a hospital room, blacksmith tools, farm machinery, a railroad room and other antiquities.  Located at 341 Country Club Road in Chadron, 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.  The 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.

Hudson-Meng Bison Kill


The Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center is an archeological excavation in progress.  Interpretive exhibits and guided tours help visitors understand why this is such an important discovery and encourages them to develop their own theory about what happened to the bison.  Located 19 miles NW of Crawford, Nebraska on Sand Creek Road.

Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center

Part of Chadron State College, the Heritage Center is focused on the life and literature of Mari Sandoz and the culture of the High Plains.  Located on the campus of Chadron State College at 1000 Main Street in Chadron, NE.

Museum of the Fur Trade

Dedicated to the preservation of the history of the North American fur trade, the museum is on the site of James Bordeaux's trading post which was established for the American Fur Company in 1837.  Visitors to the museum will learn about the fur trade through exhibits and artifacts illustrating the stories of the North American fur trade.  Located at 6321 US-20 in Chadron, NE.

Trailside Museum of Natural History

The Tertiary deposits near Fort Robinson are world famous.  For over 100 years, scientists from all over the world have been collecting geological data and fossil vertebrates in western Nebraska.  The museum features displays of fossil remains of some of the many animal forms which have been discovered in the area.  Other exhibits show the present day animal and plant life of western Nebraska  along with the geologic history of the area.  Located in historic Fort Robinson State Park, 3 miles west of Crawford, Nebraska on Highway 20.


Dawson County Museums

100th Meridian Museum on Facebook

Cozad is located exactly on the 100th Meridian.  The 100th Meridian Museum tells the rich history of the early settlers of Cozad.  Located at 206 E 8th Street in Cozad, 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.

Gothenburg Historical Society & Museum

Operated by the Gothenburg Historical Society, the museum features displays of historic items from the Gothenburg area as well as a collection of artifacts from the Platte Valley Museum.  Located at 1420 Avenue F in Gothenburg, NE.

Gothenburg Pony Express Stations

Gothenburg Pony Express Station Museum on Facebook

There are two Pony Express Stations still remaining in Gothenburg.  The Midway still stands on a ranch site south of Gothenburg.  The Sam Macchette station was a fur trading post and in 1860-61, it was used as a Pony Express Station. It is located inside Ehmen Park and today holds a museum.  .Located at 510 15th Street in Gothenburg, NE.

Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles

[Museum Photos]

The museum features vehicles from every branch of the service along with exhibits of weapons, uniforms, and other necessary items in a soldier's life.  Located at 606 Heartland Road in Lexington, NE.

Sod House Museum

The site features a sod house, barn, windmills and life-sized barbed wire sculptures.  The barn is filled with memorabilia and photographs of the area.  The sod house is a replica of the early sod homes built by pioneer families and the interior reflects the hard times faced by pioneers who settled Nebraska.  Located at 300 S. Lake Avenue in Gothenburg, NE.


Deuel County Museums Sudman-Niemann Heritage House Museum on Facebook

Built in 1911, the 2 story house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The house has bee restored and is being operated as a museum.  Located at 490 Vincent Avenue in Chappell, NE.


Dixon County Museums Cook Blacksmith Shop & Historical Adams House Museum

Cook Blacksmith Shop on Facebook

The living history museum represents the vital role of blacksmiths in the history of America.  Visitors will see original tools and machinery which have been restored to working condition.  Visitors should stop at the Adams House Museum at 3rd and Court Streets for a tour guide.  Open by appointment. Call 402-755-5604.  Located at 204 3rd Street in Ponca, NE.

Dixon County Museum

The museum is a complex of historic buildings with exhibits and displays of photographs, antique items, military uniforms and genealogical materials related to the local history of Dixon County.  Operated by the Dixon County Historical Society, the Dixon County Museum is located at 225 S. Clark Street in Allen, Nebraska.

Ponca State Park


Ponca State Park includes the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center with exhibits about the Missouri River and it's history.  Located at 88090 Spur 26 E in Ponca, NE.

Wakefield Train Depot

Built in 1925, the historic train depot has been restored and is being operated as a museum by the Wakefield Heritage Organization today.  the museum features Wakefield memorabilia and railroad items from Harold Tell.  Located at 101 East 1st Street in Wakefield, NE.


Dodge County Museums

Louis E. May Museum

[Photo Gallery]

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.  The museum is operated by the Dodge County Historical Society and is located at 1643 N. Nye Avenue in Fremont, NE.

Musbach Museum

The Musbach Museum features exhibits of local history items.  Located at 439 Main Street in Scribner, NE.


Douglas County Museums

Bank of Florence Museum

The oldest bank in Nebraska has been turned into a museum.  The bank was built in 1855 and chartered in 1856 when Nebraska was still a territory.  Also known as the Florence Wildcat Bank, it is owned and operated by the Florence Historical Foundation.  Located at 8502 N. 30th in Omaha, NE.

Boys Town


Tour the Village where kids are saved and families are healed.  See the Hall of History, take a tour of Father Flanagan's former residence which still contains many of his personal belongings, enjoy the rose garden and the stamp museum.  The National Headquarters is located at 14100 Crawford Street in Boys Town, NE.

Czech and Slovak Educational Center and Cultural Museum on Facebook

The Museum features exhibits honoring the early Czech and Slovak immigrants to Nebraska.  Located at 7400 Dodge Street in Omaha, NE.

The 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.

El Museo Latino


Devoted to Latino and Hispanic art and history, the museum is located at 4701 South 25 Street in Omaha, NE.

Florence Depot

The Florence train depot was built 1887-1888 in downtown Florence.  Today, it has been restored and moved to it's current location.  The museum features exhibits of artifacts from the early days along with an 1890 caboose and a flat car.  Located in historic Florence at 2999 Dick Collins Road in Omaha, NE.

Florence Mill

The historic mill building has been turned into a museum and art gallery by a local artist.  Exhibits include historic photos, newspaper clippings and pioneer artifacts from the early days of Florence.  Located at 9102 N. 30th Street in the Community of Florence in Omaha, NE.

Fort Omaha Historic Site

Freedom Park & Naval Museum

Freedom Park is an outdoor park and is home to the USS Marlin SST-2 & the USS Hazard AM-240.  Other exhibits include Naval jets, a helicopter, a Captain's Gig, rocket launchers, missiles and other military vehicles.  Located along the Missouri River at 2497 Freedom Park Road in Omaha, NE.

General Crook House Museum  

[Crook 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.

Great Plains Black History Museum on Facebook

The Great Plains Black History Museum is focused on the preservation of historic and contemporary material related to the cultural development contributions of African-Americans in the heartland of America.  Located at 7400 Dodge Street in Omaha, NE.

The Henry & Dorothy Riekes Museum

Operated by the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, the museum offers tours of the historic representation of the Kapulier Synagogue, a neighborhood Shul.  Visitors will learn about Jewish history.  Located at 333 S. 132nd Street in Omaha, NE.

Joslyn Castle 

[History]   [Tours]

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.  Located at 3902 Davenport Street in Omaha, NE.

Keirle Historic Home

Located at 3017 Mormon Street, rarely open to the public.

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters and Visitor Center

The Visitor Center features exhibits about the famed Lewis and Clark explorers and sites along the historic trail.  Located at 601 Riverfront

Mormon Trail Visitors Center at Historic Winter Quarters

The Visitors Center features Mormon pioneer history and information about the great Mormon Migration.  Located at 3215 State Street in Omaha, NE.

Nebraska School for the Deaf Museum

Devoted to the history of the school and deaf culture.  Located at 3223 N 45th Street in Omaha, NE.

Valley Historical Society Museum

The focus of the museum is on the local history of Valley, Nebraska.  Collections include Indian relics, railroad and pioneer memorabilia, mastodon bones and other historical items.  Located at 218 W Alexander Street in Valley, NE.


Fillmore County Museums

Fillmore County Museum

Housed in the former Fairmont Creamery Office, the building was used a Doctor's office by Dr. Ashby until the 1960s.  In the 1980s, the building and some of the original contents were donated to the Fillmore County Historical Society by the Ashby family.  Today, it is operated as a museum featuring a large medical display, and other local items of historic interest.  Located at 600 6th Avenue in Fairmont, NE.

Old Timers' Museum

Located at 2007 Road 22 in Exeter, NE.

Strang Museum

The Strang Museum is housed inside the former 1889 Hamilton Township hall.  Town, the historic building serves as a museum of local history.  Open for special events and by appointment.  Call 402-759-0120.  Located just off Highway 81 in Strang, NE.


Franklin County Museums

Franklin County Museum

The museum is a complex of buildings.  The main museum building features historical artifacts related to the early pioneer settlers, the Great American Wars, Franklin County Towns and history.  Ol' Towne is a recreated old west town main street with American Indian artifacts, rocks, fossils, old farm implements and vintage fire engines.  The Lone Star Schoolhouse is an authentic one-room schoolhouse.  Located at 1309 H Road in Franklin, NE.


Furnas County Museums Furnas Gosper Museum

Focused on the preservation of the history and artifacts of both Furnas and Gosper Counties, the museum is located at 401 Nebraska Avenue in Arapahoe, NE.


Gage County Museums

Gage County Historical Society and Museum 


Closed until spring 2016 due to flooding on May 8, 2015.

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 of America

[Homestead Act of 1862]  [History & Culture]

Visitors to the Homestead National Monument will find a Homestead Heritage Center, Education Center, the 1967 Palmer-Epard Cabin and the Freeman School.  Exhibits tell the story of homesteading in America with the introduction of the Homestead Act of 1862.  Displays tell about the early pioneer life of these brave people who tamed a new land.  Located at 24405 SW 75th Road in Beatrice, NE.

Nebraska Baseball of Fame

The Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame was designed to recognize the significant and historic contributions made by baseball players, umpires, managers and entrepreneurs to Nebraska baseball.  Located at Aunt Mary's Restaurant at 111 South 8th Street in Beatrice, NE.

Old West Trails Center

Visitors to the Center will learn about area transportation history and local heritage.  Located at 301 Main Street in Odell, NE.

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 Wymore, NE.

Welsh Schoolhouse Museum

Pleasant View Schoolhouse is a fully furnished one room schoolhouse from ca 1900 is located inside McCandless Park on Highway 77 in Wymore, NE.


Garden County Museums

Rock School Museum

Built in 1905, the Rock School served as a school for about 10 years.  Today, it is a museum features a large collection of arrowheads, pioneer memorabilia and local history.  Located at 315 West Avenue G in Oshkosh, NE.

Silver Hill Theater Museum

Housed in the 1907 opera house, the museum features a collection of local birds, period tableaux and the original Silver Hill Movie Theater projector.  Located at 201 West 1st in Oshkosh, NE.


Garfield County Museums Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

Fort Hartsuff was an active fort from 1874-1881.  Providing protection for the early settlers during the Plains Indian Wars, it became a social center for the people of the plains area.  Today, it has been restored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.  The historic site features 9 original buildings.  Some of the former temporary structures and the original Fort cemetery are located on private property.  A Visitors Center is open year-round.  Special events include living history re-enactments with GAF members dressed in period uniforms.  Located 3 miles NW of Elyria, Nebraska on Fort Avenue.

Garfield County Historical Museum

Housed inside a 1905 house which has also served as a Church and hospital, the museum features period rooms depicting a surgery suite, a sod house kitchen, a country school classroom, and many historical artifacts and items related to the pioneer heritage of Garfield County, Nebraska.  Visitors will find an early log cabin and general store on the museum grounds as well.  Operated by the Garfield County Historical Society, the museum is located at 737 H Street in Burwell, NE.


Gosper County Museums Furnas Gosper Museum

Focused on the preservation of the history and artifacts of both Furnas and Gosper Counties, the museum is located at 401 Nebraska Avenue in Arapahoe, NE.


Grant County Museums Grant County Museum

The museum is focused on local area history.  Exhibits include a barbed-wire collection, John Wayne's saddle from the movie True Grit and other historical items related to the history of Grant County.  The museum also provides area genealogical information.  Housed inside the Grant County Courthouse located at 105 E. Harrison in Hyannis, NE.


Greeley County Museums Greeley County Historical Society Courthouse Museum

The Greeley County Historical Society operates a local history museum inside the Courthouse.  Exhibits features American Indian artifacts, military items and other antique items.  Located in the Courthouse Square in Greeley, NE.


Hall County Museums

Cairo Roots Museum

The Cairo Roots Museum is devoted to the preservation of the history of Cairo and NW Hall County including the townships of Mayfield, South Loup, Cameron and Harrison.  The museum features exhibits of historic artifacts and items related to the past of Cairo and NW Hall County, Nebraska.  Located inside the Cairo Community Center at 306 Berber Street in Cairo, NE.

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

[Tour the Grounds]  [Research Library]

The Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer is focused on the preservation and portrayal of the era of the pioneer town builders who created the first communities in Nebraska..  The museum features hands-on living history exhibits telling the story of early town builders in Nebraska.  Located at 3133 W US Highway 34 in Grand Island, NE.


Hamilton County Museums

The Plainsman Museum

The Plainsman Museum is focused on the 1860-1950 time period and strives to collect, preserve and illustrate the history of Hamilton County, Nebraska through education, exhibits, research and archival collections.  Located at 210 16th Street in Aurora, NE.


Harlan County Museums

Harlan County Museum

The Harlan County Museum is a complex of historic structures featuring exhibits of items related to the history of Harlan County.  Collections include Indian artifacts and Civil War items.  Located in Downtown Harlan, NE.

The Lighthouse Museum

The site features a large flea market along with museum exhibits of period rooms for the 1900s era, vintage clothing, depression glass, farm implements and other memorabilia.  Located at 103 Berrigan Road in Republican City, NE.


Hitchcock County Museums Hitchcock County Museum

The Hitchcock County Museum is a complex of 5 buildings with exhibits related to the history of Hitchcock County.  The museum has an extensive genealogical collection for the researcher.  Located at 313 E. 1st Street in Trenton, NE.


Holt County Museums

Moses P. Kinkaid Law Office Museum

Housed inside the 1884 Moses P. Kinkaid Bank Building, the museum is operated by the Holt County Historical Society.  Exhibits and displays are devoted to the rich heritage of Holt County, Nebraska.  Located at 402 E. Douglas in O'Neill, NE.


Hooker County Museums Hooker County Historical Museum  

[History]  [Photos]

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, NE.


Howard County Museums

Howard County Historical Village  

The village includes the following historic structures: the Farwell Lutheran Church, District 41 Schoolhouse, Bartle's General Store, Saint Paul Blacksmith, the Cotesfield Post Office and the Saint Paul Depot & Transportation Museum.  The village is operated by the Howard County Historical Society and features artifacts and items related to the early pioneering history of Howard County.  Located at 1005 6th Street in St. Paul, NE.

Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball

[History]  [Nebraska MLB Players]

Dedicated to the Nebraska Baseball players who made it to the Major Leagues of American Baseball, the museum illustrates the careers of those players with Nebraska ties or roots.  Located in the historic Downtown district at 619 Howard Avenue in St. Paul, NE.


Jefferson County Museums

Diller Bank Building Museum

The bank building was constructed in 1883 and originally served as the People's State Bank.  Today, the historic bank still features many original fixtures including the tellers windows, desks and the vault.  The Jefferson County Historical Society provides exhibits related to the history of Diller.  Located on Main Street in Diller, Nebraska.

District 10 School

District 10 School was established in 1869.  The present building was built in 1898 and served as a one-room school until 1961.  The schoolhouse features over 100 years of school memories.  Open seasonally, District 10 School is located one mile west and one mile south from the Alexandria State Lakes Recreation Area near Fairbury, NE.

Fairbury City Museum

The Fairbury City Museum is focused on the preservation, display and promotion of the history of Fairbury, Nebraska and Jefferson County.  The museum features a collection of historic items which have been donated by families in the community.  Located at 1128 Elm Street in Fairbury, NE.

Historic Steele City

The historic village features a blacksmith ship, livery barn, school, bank building and an 1880s stone church.  Open by appointment or during living history weekends.  Located 12 miles southeast of Fairbury on Highway 8 in Steele City, NE.

Rock Creek Station State Historic Site on The Pony Express National Historical Trail

[History & Culture]

Rock Creek Station was established on the Oregon-California Trail in 1858 to sell supplies and provide services to the emigrants.  It later served as a relay station for the Pony Express and the Overland stage.  Operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Rock Creek Station buildings have been reconstructed.  Visitors will learn about the history of this site in the museum and view a large area of wagon trail ruts just to the northwest of the historic site.  Located at 57426 710 Road in Fairbury, NE.

Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum

Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum on Facebook

The Rock Island Depot in Fairbury, Nebraska is one of only two remaining intact Rock Island Depots in the state.  The Depot houses a museum featuring railroading artifacts and original furnishings along with model trains, a library and historical archives.  Located at 910 Bacon Street in Fairbury, NE.

W C Smith House and Lime Kiln

The stone house was built in 1872 by Woral C. Smith and the lime kiln he operated is still standing nearby.  Inside the house, visitors will find exhibits about the history of the lime burning industry.  The kiln is the only kiln still intact in Jefferson County.  Located along the River Road about 3 miles northwest of Fairbury, NE.


Johnson County Museums John Deere Museum

The privately owned museum is open by appointment.  Contact Dr. Keith Shuey at 402-335-3371.  Located at 121 North 3rd Street in Tecumseh, NE.

Johnson County Historical Society & Museum

Located at 3rd and Lincoln Streets in Tecumseh, NE.


Kearney County Museums Fort Kearney State Historical Park

Originally built to protect those traveling the Overland Trail, Fort Kearney has also served as a station for the Pony Express, a stagecoach stop and an outfitting depot for Indian campaigns.  An Interpretive Center features exhibits about the history of the site.  A stockade, blacksmith shop and parade grounds have been rebuilt, giving visitors a glimpse into what the Fort was once like.  Located on Highway 50 A in the Fort Kearney State Recreation Area in Kearney, NE.

Pioneer Village

Pioneer Village features 28 buildings on 20 acres with over 50,000 historical items telling the story of America and how it grew.  There are 12 historic buildings, a Frontier Fort, a Pony Express Station, an Iron Horse, a soddie, the B & M Railroad Depot, a general store, a toy store and more around a "town green".  Located at 138 East US Highway 6 in Minden, NE.


Keith County Museums Mansion on the Hill

The Mansion on the Hill was built in 1887.  The Victorian style home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places today and is being operated by the Keith County Historical Society as a museum.  Tours of the mansion are featured as well as a tour of the 1902 one-room schoolhouse located on the mansion grounds.  Located at 1004 N Spruce Street in Ogallala, NE.

Petrified Wood Gallery

The gallery features a lifetime collection of the Kenfield Brothers. The collection includes ancient woods gemstones, fossils, Native American arrowheads and artifacts.  A gift shop features artwork, jewelry and treasures from local artists.  Located at 418 East 1st in Ogallala, NE.


Keya Paha County Museums Keya Paha Historical Society & Museum

The local museum is filled with an extensive number of displays giving visitors a glimpse into the past life in Keya Paha County.  Exhibits include a one room school, a quilting room, grocery store, reading room, tool room and a furnished log cabin.  May historical artifacts are housed in the museum.  Located at 305 Courthouse Drive in Springview, NE.


Kimball County Museums Plains Historical Museum

The Plains Historical Museum features displays of local historical artifacts depicting eras from the time of the cowboy to modern man in the Nebraska Plains and Kimball County.  An outstanding collection of arrowheads is on display.  Open seasonally.  Operated by the Plains Historical Society, the museum is located at 200 S. Chestnut Street in Kimball, NE.


Knox County Museums Corps of Discovery Welcome Center

The museum features historical items, geological items, and other artifacts related to the early exploration, settlement and natural history of the Missouri River region.  Located at 89705 Highway 81 i Crofton, NE.

Creighton Historical Center

The local history museum is located at 716 Main Street in Creighton, NE.


Lancaster County Museums

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

The society is focused on the collection, preservation and the providing of information related to the history, heritage and genealogy of German settlers in Russia and their descendants.  All German Russian settlement regions are represented in the library and museum collections.  Located at 631 D Street in Lincoln, NE.

Fairview - The Bryan Museum

The historic home of William Jennings Bryan (Congressman and Secretary of State) has been restored to it's 1900s state and is open for tours year-round.  Located at 49th and Sumner Street in Lincoln, NE.

Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum

The museum features replicas of Alexander Graham Bell's original designs, early operator switchboards, wall phones, candlesticks and more.  Located at 2047 M Street in Lincoln, NE.

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Housing the 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.

The Kruger Collection

[Collection Image Gallery]

The Kruger Collection is a collection of miniature furnishings and decorative arts.  Housed inside the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Kruger Gallery features a free public museum exhibition sampling four centuries of interior design history in miniature.  Located at 133 Architecture Hall in Lincoln, NE.

Larsen Tractor Museum

Housed inside the original tractor test laboratory building at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the Lester F. Larsen Tractor 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

This remarkable 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.  Operated by the Nebraska Historical Society, the museum is located at 15th and P Streets in Lincoln, NE.

The National Museum of Roller Skating


Devoted to the collection, preservation and the display of the history of roller skating, the museum features informative exhibits.  Located at 4730 South Street in Lincoln, NE.

The Nebraska Governors Mansion


The Georgian Colonial home was opened on March 17, 1958 and has been home to Nebraska's governors since that time.  The historic home has 31 rooms including 5 bedrooms, and 12 bathrooms.  Tours are offered to visitors on Thursdays.  Located at 1425 H Street in Lincoln, NE.

Nebraska State Capitol   [Guided tour]

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]  [Brochure]

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 Nebraska-Lincoln.


Lincoln County Museums Buffalo Bill Ranch (Scout's Rest) State Park   

[Photos & History]

Buffalo Bill Cody's home is a large Victorian mansion built in 1886.  Cody owned over 4000 acres where the home stands.  16 acres of the ranch became a state historical park named "Scout's Rest" in 1965.  The beautiful mansion has been restored and an extensive collection of Cody memorabilia is on display.  Visitors are offered tours of the residence.  Located at 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road in North Platte, NE.

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.

Fort Cody Trading Post

Known as Nebraska's largest souvenir and western gift store, Fort Cody Trading Post has been open since 1868.  Along with the souvenir and gift retail offerings, visitors will also find Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in miniature with over 20,000 hand-carved figures and an Old West Museum featuring authentic pieces of historic cowboy gear and Buffalo Bill memorabilia.  Located at 211 Halligan Drive at the intersection of US Highway 83 and Interstate 80 in North Plate, NE.

Lincoln County Historical Museum

[Online Exhibits]  [Photo Gallery]

[Museum Village Map]

Operated by the Lincoln County Historical Society, the museum features an 8 acre complex including an entire village comprised of historical structures from the Lincoln County area and a main museum building filled with historical artifacts and items related to the native culture and history of the Great Plains region of Nebraska.  Located at 2403 North Buffalo Bill Avenue in North Platte, NE.


Logan County Museums

Logan County Historical Society Museum

Located at 33 Legion Street in Stapleton, NE.


Loup County Museums

Sunnyside School District #23 Museum

Operated by the Loup County Historical Society, the museum is located in Taylor, NE. 


Madison County Museums

Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center

The Elkhorn Valley Historical Society operates the Elkhorn Valley Museum.  Focused on the historical past of the people of the Elkhorn Valley, the museum features exhibits of artifacts, antiques and memorabilia related to the history of the Elkhorn Valley.  Research materials are on hand for researchers of family and area history.  A gift shop offers works of local craftsman and artisans.  Located at 515 Queen City Blvd. in Norfolk, NE.

Madison County Museum

Devoted to the collection, preservation and display of objects related to Madison County history.  Exhibits include the Orphan Train Riders and many historic artifacts from the past of Madison County.  Located at 210 W. 3rd Street in Madison, NE.


Merrick County Museums Merrick County Historical Museum

The Merrick County Historical Society operates a museum inside the old Traver Mansion.  Visitors to the museum will find historic artifacts and records related to the history of Merrick County.  Exhibits include the furnishings of the Cahow Barber Shop of Chapman Village.  Located at 211 E Street in Central City, NE.


Morrill County Museums

Chimney Rock National Historic Site  

[Bayard Chimney Rock Museum]

Housed inside an historic railroad depot, the museum is focused on the local history of Bayard and Chimney Rock.  Visitors to the museum will learn about the history of Bayard and Chimney Rock which was an important landmark in the travels of early pioneers and settlers to the area.  Located at 302 Main Street in Bayard, NE.

Pioneer Trails Museum on Facebook

The museum features the history of Camp Clarke and the surrounding area and it's role in the lives of the gold rush travelers to and from the Black Hills along with exhibits related to the history of Bridgeport, Nebraska.  Located on Highway 26 at the north end of Main Street in Bridgeport, NE.


Nance County Museums Fullerton Museum

Housed in the former Evangelical United Brethren Church, the museum is operated by the Nance County Historical Society and features historical items form the past of Nance County.  Located at 201 Broadway in Fullerton, NE.

The Indian School Museum

The Genoa Indian Industrial School was a trade school for Native American children from 1884-1934.  Today, the school is a museum exhibiting what life was like on the campus of the Genoa Indian School in those days.  The museum also features the Allen B Atkins Pawnee Indian Artifact Collection, featuring items found in the vicinity of Genoa.  Other exhibits are focused on the history of Genoa, Nebraska.  Located at 402 Willard Avenue in Genoa, NE.


Nemaha County Museums

The Captain Bailey House

The Captain Bailey House is a historic house built of locally manufactured brick by Captain Bailey, a Civil War Captain.  Originally located on the Missouri River, it was moved brick by brick in 1877 to a safer location on Main Street where it still stands today as a reminder of days gone by.  Operated by the Brownsville Historical Society, the museum is filled with historical artifacts from the past of Brownsville.   Located at 404 Main Street in Brownsville, NE.

The Carson House

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Carson House was built by Richard Brown, the founder of Brownsville.  John L. Carson, an early Nebraska banker, purchased the home in 1864 and it remained in the Carson family until 1966.  Today, it serves as a house museum and includes a carriage house on the property.  Open for tours seasonally.  Located at the corner of 3rd and Main Streets in Brownsville, NE.

The Didier Log Cabin

An original log cabin built in 1854, the cabin is open seasonally for tours.  Located in Boettner park at the corner of 2nd & Main Streets in Brownsville, NE.

Meriwether Lewis Dredge

Museum of Missouri River History

[Online Tour]

Launched in 1931, the Meriwether Lewis Dredge, was created to control flooding and improve navigation.  Today, the historic side-wheeler dredge has been restored and serves as a museum on the banks of the Missouri River in Brownsville's Riverside Park.  Located just south of Brownsville Bridge, in Brownsville, NE.

Nemaha Valley Museum

[History]  [Image Gallery]

Focused on the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Nemaha Valley for future generations.  Located on the NW corner of Courthouse Square at 1423 19th Street in Auburn, NE.


Nuckolls County Museum Nuckolls County Museum

Located at 612 East 6th Street in Superior, NE.

Russ Snyder Baseball Museum

Celebrating professional baseball and the life and times of Russ Snyder, a Major Leaguer born in Oak Nebraska, the museum is located in Oak, NE.


Otoe County Museums Arbor Day Farm

Located in beautiful Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, the park features activities for all ages, including a Discovery Ride, hiking, the Apple House markert and the original home of J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day.  Located at 2611 Arbor Avenue in Nebraska City, NE.

Civil War Veterans Museum at G.A.R. Memorial Hall

Built in 1894, the Nebraska City GAR Hall has been restored and serves a museum.  Dedicated to the memory of the Union and Confederate veterans, the G.A.R. Hall is being maintained so it may serve the community as a meeting place, research library and historical museum.  Located at 910 First Corso in Nebraska City, NE.

Kregel Windmill Factory Museum


The Kregel Windmill Company operated from 1903-1991.  Beginning as a general manufacturer of goods for the agricultural trade, the company became the producer of water pumping windmills.  Many of their windmills are still in operation today.  The museum tells the story of the factory and appears much as it did in the 1930s.  Located at 1416 Central Avenue in Nebraska City, NE.

Lewis and Clark Missouri River Visitors Center

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center has over 12,000 square feet of exhibits that were designed with the advice of Dr. Gary Moulton, the nation's definitive scholar on the Lewis & Clark journals.  Visitors will find a wonderful unobstructed view of the vast beautiful river.  Located at 100 Valmont Drive in Nebraska City, NE.

The Nelson House

The museum tells the story of Nebraska City through the families that lived in the house.  Operated by the Nebraska City Historical Society, the museum is located at 790 3rd Corso in Nebraska City, NE.

Mayhew Cabin & Historic Village

The Mayhew Cabin is a well documented stop on the Underground Railroad.  Used as a home until 1938, the cabin has been restored.  Visitors to the historic site may tour the cabin, the underground John Brown's cave where slaves were hidden and the historic village.  Located at 2014 4th in Corso, NE.

Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting


The Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Department is the oldest fire department still in existence in the State of Nebraska.  Started as a bucket brigade in 1856, in Kearney Heights, the fire department grew  and in 1869, it was called the Great Western Fire Company Number 1.  The museum tells the history of the fire department in Nebraska City through artifacts and displays.  Located at 1320 Central avenue in Nebraska City, NE.

Old Freighters Museum on Facebook

The Old Freighters Museum tells the story of freighting and emigration on the trail passing through or near Nebraska City from 1846 to 1870 as well as Nebraska City's role in the westward movement.  Located at 407 N. 14th Street in Nebraska City, NE.

Otoe County Museum of Memories

The museum is a complex of buildings.  The main museum building is the former 1881 First Lutheran Church which features vintage furnishings in period rooms along with a Thomas Edison room featuring exhibits of movies, electric lights, a phonograph and other antique items.  Located at 366 Poplar Street in Syracuse, NE.

Wildwood Historic Center


Wildwood is a Gothic styled house furnished in the Victorian era including many original possessions of the house's original occupants, the Ware family.  The historic house has been open for tours since the 1970s.  The property also features beautiful Victorian gardens, an art gallery in the barn, and a gift emporium.  Located at 420 Steinhart Park Road in Nebraska City, NE.


Pawnee County Museums

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.

Pedal Clinic

Featuring over 500 tractor and car pedal toys ranging from 198 to present day.  Each one has been lovingly restored. Other items on display are antique toys, doll carriages, salt and pepper shakers and quilts.  Located at 701 "I" Street 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.


Perkins County Museums Perkins County Historical Society & Museum

Located at 605 Central Avenue in Grant, NE.


Phelps County Museums

Nebraska Prairie Museum

[Museum Map of Exhibits]

The museum features  a large collection of historical items related to the history of the Nebraska Prairie and Phelps County.  Exhibits include antique household items, farm equipment, period clothing, WWI POW artifacts and more.  Researchers of family history will find a wealth of information in the Donald O. Lindgren Library.  Located at 2701 Burlington Street in Holdrege, NE.


Pierce County Museums

Klown Doll Museum


The museum features a large collection of clown dolls.  Located on US Highway 20 at Maple Street in Plainview, NE.

Pierce Historical Society Museum Complex


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.

Plainview Historical Museum

Operated by the Plainview Historical Society, the museum is housed inside the former 1880 train depot for the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad.  Historical artifacts related to the local history of Plainview are featured and the upstairs features a complete apartment where the depot agent and his family lived.  Located at 304 S. Main in Plainview, NE.


Platte County Museums

Platte County History Museum

Platte County, NE Historical Society & Museum on Facebook


The museum is operated by the Platte County Historical Society.  The Platte County History Museum features exhibits of fossils, Indian stone tools, Victorian clothing and furnishings, and other historical artifacts related to the local history of Platte county.  Located at 2916 16th Street in Columbus, NE.

St. Michael's Catholic Church Historic Complex  


Established in 1880, St. Michael's, the first Polish Catholic Parish is being preserved by the St. Michael's Historical Society.  The Church complex is located at 309 3rd Street in Tarnov, NE.


Polk County Museums

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.


Red Willow County Museums Museum of the High Plains

and Carnegie Library

The Museum of the High Plains features exhibits from the WWII air base and German POW camp, a general store, old time pharmacy, American Indian artifacts and items related to Nebraska's early pioneers and life on the American prairie.  McCook is home to Edwin Perkins, the inventor of Kool-Aid.  Located at 421 Norris Avenue in McCook, NE.

Senator George W. Norris State Historic Site

The Norris home was built in 1886.  Senator George W.. Norris lived in the house from 1899-1944.  Norris represented Nebraska for nearly 40 years in the US Congress., 10 years in the House of Representatives and as US Senator from Nebraska.  Exhibits and displays tell about the life and times of Senator George W. Norris.  Located at 706 Norris Avenue in McCook, NE.


Richardson County Museums Richardson County Historical Museum

The museum is operated by the Richardson County Historical Society and features historic artifacts and items related to the history of Richardson County, Nebraska.  Located at 1401 Chase Street in Falls City, NE.

Richardson County Military History Museum

The museum features exhibits of war memorabilia, photographs, uniforms, medals and swords from WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War.  A Memorial Monument is dedicated to the lives of Richardson County men who lost their lives serving in WWI, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict.  the museum is housed inside the courthouse located at 107 East 17th Street in Falls City, NE.


Rock County Museums

Rock County Historical Museum

The Rock County Historical Museum is operated by the Rock County Historical Society.  The museum is a complex of historic buildings which have been moved from their original sites to the museum complex.  Historical structures include:

  1. The Chicago & Northwestern Depot / Museum
  2. The 1887 St. Michael's Catholic Church
  3. The 1903 Valley Grove School
  4. A 1938 log cabin built at the fairgrounds.

Visitors will find exhibits and displays related to the rich history and pioneer life of Rock County, Nebraska.  Located on West High 20 in Bassett, NE.


Saline County Museums

Saline County Historical Museum

[History & Photos]

The Saline County Historical Museum is a complex of 11 buildings featuring historic artifacts and objects related to the rich heritage of Saline County, Nebraska.  Buildings include the main museum building, a Chapel, a Memorial building, the Weidner building, a machinery building, the Voting Building, the 1871 Buckingham School, the 1868 Bulden Home, the 1866 Cizek log cabin, the depot building and the Plato building.  Open seasonally and for special events.  Located at 1145 NE-33 in Dorcester, NE.

Wilber Czech Museum

The Wilber Czech Museum is focused on the preservation of Czech artifacts related to the heritage and culture of the Czech pioneer settlers of Nebraska.  The museum features 3 stories of displays with room settings from a dentist's office to a meat market as well as individual home rooms as they would have appeared in the "olden days".  Located at 102 W 3rd Street in Wilber, NE.


Sarpy County Museums The Papillion Area Historical Society Museum on Facebook

The museum features two historic structures including the 1860 John Sautter German farmhouse and the 1890 Portal one-room schoolhouse relocated here from a rural area of Papillion.  The Papillion Area Historical Society strives to preserve the history of the Papillion area and bring people together to educate them about this heritage.  School field trips are offered and history re-enactments are performed.  Located at 242 N. Jefferson Street in Papillion, NE.

Sarpy County Museum

Devoted to the history of Sarpy County from the American Indians to the early settlers.  The museum holds an archive of historical records for those interested in local history or genealogy.  Located at 2402 Clay Street in Bellevue, NE.


Saunders County Museums

Saunders County Historical Museum

[Exhibits &l Photos]

The museum is a tribute to the pioneer settlers of Saunders County.  Operated by the Saunders County Historical Society, the museum is a complex of historical structures including an 1890s schoolhouse, an 1889 country church, a railroad depot, post office, 1873 log home and machine shed.  Located at 240 N. Walnut Street in Wahoo, NE.


Scotts Bluff County Museums

Legacy of the Plains Museum


The Legacy of the Plains Museum is a living history, working farm featuring an historic farmstead and a large collection of pioneer and early community artifacts, antique farming implements, and antique tractors.  Scotts Bluff National Monument can be seen from the working farm museum.  Located on the Oregon Trail at 2930 Old Oregon Trail in Gering, NE.

Mexican-American Historical Society / Pioneer Park

Focused on the Mexican-Americans who pioneered in Nebraska.  Located at 27th & Broadway in Scottsbluff, NE.

North Platte Valley Museum

North Platte Valley Historical Association on Facebook

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]

[Photo Gallery]

Scotts Bluff towers 800 feet above the North Platte River, serving as a landmark for peoples who travelled through the area.  Visitors will find living history at the Conestoga wagons and a museum featuring exhibits related to the people who travelled the Oregon Trail, early Nebraska pioneers and the Native Americans who were here before them.  Drive to the top and hike the trails on Scotts Bluff.  Located near Gering, Nebraska on the Old Oregon Trail (State Highway 92 West).  Follow the National Park Service signs for Scott's Bluff National Monument.

The Village Museum (New link needed)

Housed inside the Morrill Public Library, the museum features rotating displays of Morrill history.  The Morrill Public Library is located at 119 E Webster Street in Morrill, NE.


Seward County Museums Bartels Museum

The Bartels Museum features large collections of minerals, agate, fossils and rocks from all over the world.  Housed in the lower level of Link Library located on the campus of Concordia University at 800 N. Columbia Avenue in Seward, NE.

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.


Sheridan County Museums Sheridan County Historical Society Museums

The Sheridan County Historical Society is focused on the preservation of local history in Sheridan County.  The society operates several history museums in the county.  They are:

  1. Hays Springs Heritage Center 1 - Located at 2nd and Main in Hay Springs, NE.

  2. Hays Springs Heritage Center 2 - Located at 230 North Baker Street in Hay Springs, NE.

  3. Rushville Sheridan County Historical Museum - Located on Highway 20 in Rushville, NE.

  4. Gordon Scamahorn Museum - Located on West 5th Street in Gordon, NE.

Tri State Old Time Cowboys Memorial Museum

The museum is focused on the rugged western life of the old time cowboys who worked as ranch hands and performed at the Sheridan County Rodeo.  Exhibits include a chuck wagon, saddles, chaps spurs, tools and gear used on early ranches of the late 1880s to modern day.  Located in Winship Park at 300 Oak Street in Gordon, NE.


Sherman County Museums The Polish Heritage Center on Facebook

The Polish Heritage Center was founded in an effort to preserve the ancestral language, culture and traditions of one of the most significant immigrant groups to settle in Nebraska.  The village of Ashton where the Center is located was part of a unique planned community for early Polish immigrants.  Come by and visit us to learn more about the Polish heritage in Nebraska.  Located at 226 Carlton Avenue in Ashton, NE.

Sherman County Historical Museum

The Sherman County Historical Society operates a museum complex of several historical buildings that have been moved from around Sherman County to the museum site.  Historic structures include the Hawk Schoolhouse, the Ohlsen/Jenner House and the Austin School.  The Historical Society has now opened a research center as well at 740 O Street in Loup City, Nebraska.  The museum is located at 433 South 7th Street in Loup City, NE.


Sioux County Museums

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

The fossil beds hold preserved bones from Miocene Epoch mammals.  Directions.

Sioux County Historical Museum

The Sioux County Historical Museum is operated by the Sioux County Historical Society.  The museum is a complex of historic structures including a schoolhouse, post office, country store, telephone office and home.  The museum tells the story of Sioux County from settlement through the 20th century.  Located on Main Street in Harrison, NE.


Stanton County Museums

Pilger Museum

The museum is focused on the history of the early settlers and rural life in Northeast Nebraska.  Located at 345 N. Main Street in Pilger, NE.

Stanton Heritage Museum

The Stanton Heritage Museum features exhibits related to the history of early settlers and rural life in Nebraska.  A restored rural schoolhouse is on display as well.  Located at 1107 Ivy Street in Stanton, NE.


Thayer County Museums

Thayer County Museum Complex

The museum complex features an agriculture building with exhibits of farm implements and tools, a schoolhouse, and a caboose.  Period rooms and Displays of historical items related to the local history of Thayer County will give visitors a glimpse into the past of Thayer County, Nebraska.  .Located at110 9th Street in Belvidere, NE.


Thomas County Museums

Thomas County Historical Museum

Housed inside the former home of Chester and Ida Paxton, the museum depicts the history of the Sandhills Region of Nebraska and features many artifacts and items used by early settlers.  Located at 609 Court Street in Thedford, NE.


Thurston County Museums

Heritage Museum of Thurston County


Housed in a 1905 prairie home, the museum is focused on the local history of Thurston County.  Located at 500 Ivan Street in Pender, NE.


Valley County Museums

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 round.

Valley County Museum

The Valley County Museum features exhibits of photos, books, period rooms and collections of historic artifacts related to the history of Valley County.  Located at 117 S. 16th Street in Ord, NE.


Washington County Museums

Fontanelle Township Hall

[History and Early Settlers of Fontanelle]

Fontanelle Township Hall is one of the oldest structures in Nebraska.  Built 1855-1865, the town meeting hall still contains Fontanelle township records and law books from the 1800s.  Opened occasionally to the public for special events.  Located on the western edge of Washington County in Fontanelle, NE.

Fort Atkinson State Park & National Historic Site

[Friends of Fort Atkinson]  [History]  [Photos]

Fort Atkinson was established in 1820 as an outpost for the early fur trade, river traffic and Indian relations.  Much of the historic fort has been reconstructed.  Living history demonstrations are featured periodically in the summer season.  Located in Fort Calhoun, NE.

Washington County Museum

The Washington County Museum is the oldest county museum in the state of Nebraska.  Visitors to the museum will find exhibits of historical artifacts from prehistoric times, Native American dress and artifacts, relics from Fort Atkinson, and items used by early pioneer settlers.  A library provides information for those researching their family history.  The museum also provides tours by appointment of the historic Frahm House Located at 102 N. 14th Street in Fort Calhoun, NE.


Wayne County Museums

Wayne County Museum


The Dr. W. C. Wightman house was built in 1900.  Today, the home is being operated by the Wayne County Historical Society as a museum.  Inside, the house has been decorated and furnished much as it would have been at the turn-of-the-century with items donated by former Wayne County citizens.  The basement features exhibits of farm-related and primitive items from the local area.  Also known as the Rollie Ley Mansion.  Located at 702 Lincoln Street in Wayne, NE.


Webster County Museums

Webster County Historical Museum


[Historic Sites in Webster County]

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

[Virtual Tours and Photos]

Enter the 1880s in Red Cloud, Nebraska.  Located at 413 North Webster, Red Cloud, NE.


Wheeler County Museums Wheeler County Historical Society / Courthouse Museum

The Wheeler County Historical Society operates a museum in the old Courthouse.  The museum is focused on the collection and preservation of historic artifacts related to the history of the Wheeler County area of Nebraska.  Located in Bartlett, NE.


York County Museums

Anna Bemis Palmer Museum

The museum provides displays which chronicle the history of York County and Nebraska.  Exhibits include area geology, Native American settlements, pioneer history, was and local disasters.  Visitors will view period rooms of a sod house including typical furnishings of the early Nebraska pioneer settlers.  Located at 211 East 7th Street in York, NE.

Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park

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Heritage Park is an 8 1/2 acre site that was homesteaded by original settlers, Jacob & Anna Friesen.  Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park tells the story of the Mennonites who settled in this area of Nebraska.  Located at 702 Road B in Henderson, NE.

Wessel's Living History Farm

[Tour the House]

Step back in time and learn what life on a farm in the 1920s at this living history farm.  Visitors will enjoy demonstrations of farming and living in the 1920s.  Located at 5520 South Lincoln Avenue in York, NE.




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