Museums

(Click on the picture of each museum to visit that institution's website)

Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center - 100 Valmont Drive Lewis and Clark Front Page

Sitting just outside of Nebraska City on a 79-acre bluff overlooking the Missouri River is the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center. This 12,000 square foot facility is dedicated to the study and interpretation of the amazing scientific discoveries made by William Clark and Meriwether Lewis on their historic expedition to the Pacific. The center features exhibits on the hundreds of different flora and fauna discovered by the captains, full-scale replicas of the keel boat and pirogue used by the expedition, and a Plains Indian earth lodge. There are also some beautiful observation trails overlooking the Missouri river, allowing visitors to see for themselves a similar site to what the captains would have seen over 200 years ago.

Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Admission:
Adults - $5.50
College Students & Seniors - $4.50
Active Military & Veterans - $4.00
Students (6-18) - $3.50

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Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting - 1320 Central Ave. Firefighters Front Page

This museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Nebraska's oldest volunteer fire department, dating from the formation of the first "bucket brigade" in 1856. The collection inside the museum is comprised of artifacts which were actually used throughout the years of the Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Department. Some of the exhibited items include an 1884 Button steam engine used to pump water from the Missouri river, 1926 and 1938 Seagrave pumper trucks, and many hands-on displays. Kids visiting the museum will have fun dressing up in firefighting gear and playing on the 1966 American LaFrance firetruck. There is something here for every age group.

Hours:
Wednesday-Saturday: 11am to 5pm
Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Admission:
Adults - $3.00
Children (4-12) - $1.00

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Civil War Veterans Museum & G.A.R. Memorial Hall - 910 1st Corso Civil War Front Page

This museum is housed in one of the last Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Halls in the state. The Memorial Hall was built in 1894 as a meeting place for veterans of the Union Army, but since its restoration and conversion to a museum it contains artifacts from both sides of the conflict, dedicating it to the memory of both Union and Confederate veterans. The exhibited items include weapons, uniforms, art, and trinkets from the Civil War era. The museum occasionally hosts demonstrations by the local Living History Corps including reenactments and hands-on displays. Younger visitors to the museum can also try on Civil War uniforms that have been tailored down to the correct scale. The G.A.R. Memorial Hall is now being maintained so that it may be once again used as a meeting place, research library, and historical museum.

Hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Admission:
Adults - $3.00
Children - $1.00

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Old Freighter's Museum - 407 N 14th St. Freighters Front Page

Housed in the home office of the Russell-Majors-Waddell Freighting Company, this mission of this museum is focused on the significance of the freighting and shipping industry on the development of Nebraska City. Russell-Majors-Waddell, later known for their Pony Express venture, spent around $300,000 to turn Nebraska City into a shipping port for their company. It was designed as an intermodal port, meaning that the methods of conveyance included boats, barges, trains, and wagons. R, M, and W was the largest shipping firm on the plains at the time and they reportedly reached their peak in 1865, moving 44,000,000 pounds of freight that year. The exhibits in this museum demonstrate not only the history of the shipping firm, but also the history of westward movement across the plains, especially the pioneer trails. One exhibit also houses the last remaining piece of the "Steam Wagon", which is part of an interesting and humorous anecdote from the early years of Nebraska City.

Hours:
Friday-Saturday-Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Admission:
Adults - $3.00
Children - $1.00

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River Country Nature Center - 114 South 6th St. River Country Front Page

The Center houses the life's work of Nebraska City taxidermist Joe Voges. There are over 300 specimens of species native to Nebraska on display, as well as many hands-on exhibits. The Center is divided into four major environmental areas, Eastern deciduous, Riparian, Grasslands, and Sandhills. Along with the displays and exhibits, the Center also houses a library of materials relevant to the the fauna of Nebraska and a classroom where they hold various educational programs.

Hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Admission:
Adults - $3.00
Children (12-under) - $1.00

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Wildwood Historic Center - 420 Steinhart Park Road Wildwood Front Page

Built in 1869, the ten-room Gothic style Wildwood House brings to life the Victorian era in early Nebraska. The house is furnished as it would have been during the time that Jasper and Ellen Ware would have lived "amidst the wild wood" in western Nebraska City. Guests are able to step into the lives of a Victorian era family and see the way they lived day-to-day. Also on display at Wildwood is a showcase of regional arts and crafts from the era. During the month of October the house is decorated for a Victorian style Christmas, with musicians playing the original Steinway piano in the parlor.

Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm

Admission:
Barn & Victorian Garden are free
Adults - $3.00
Children - $1.00

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Kregel Windmill Factory Museum - 1416 Central Ave. Kregel Front Page

This factory building, built in 1903, was home to the Kregel Windmill Company. The Kregel Windmill Company manufactured water-pumping windmills, stock tanks, and beehives in downtown Nebraska City for 112 years until its closing in 1991. The factory remains as it was when Art Kregel left in 1991, never to return. According to the National Register of Historic Places, the Kregel Windmill Factory is the last, intact historic windmill factory in the nation.

Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Admission:
Adults - $5.00
Children - $3.00

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Nelson House - 711 3rd Corso Nelson House Front Page

The 1857 brick home sits on one of the historic brick streets just a couple blocks off Central Ave in Nebraska City. The exhibits in this home from territorial Nebraska show how the town of Nebraska City has changed and evolved through the times of the different families that lived there. Visitors will watch the town's buildings and streets grow from dirt to pavement, from oxen to the first automobiles. See opera houses, race tracks, churches, and mansions. The community's history is surprising, captivating, and endearing.

Hours:
Friday-Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Admission:
Adults - $3.00
Children - $1.00

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Mayhew Cabin & John Brown's Cave - 2012 4th Corso Mayhew Front Page

Mayhew Cabin & John Brown's Cave are Nebraska's first nationally recognized Underground Railroad historic site. The cabin was the home of Allen & Barbara Mayhew (formerly Barbara Kagy) and became a stop on the Underground Railroad after Barbara's brother John Henry Kagy enlisted in the Kansas volunteer army and became "Secretary of War" in John Brown's "provisional government". Kagy had lived in the cabin for over a year before moving to Kansas and becoming involved with John Brown, the famous abolitionist. Although it is not known how many escaped slaves passed through the cabin, there is one remembered instance of Kagy bringing 14 at once for breakfast. Kagy would later take part in the attempted seizure of the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry and was shot to death during the raid in 1859. The museum houses a collection of artifacts from the slavery era as well as many different displays highlighting the build-up and explosion of abolitionism in the 1850's. There is also a small replica village behind the museum and cabin, featuring a train depot, school, and church.

Hours:
Thursday-Sunday: 11am to 5pm

Admission:
Adults - $3.00
Children - $1.00

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Otoe County Museum of Memories - 366 Poplar Street, Syracuse, NE parsonage__museum

The Otoe County Museum of Memories consists of three buildings at 366 Poplar Street. A variety of historical attractions are available at the museum. The Otoe County Museum Society was organized Nov. 9, 1972. The main building is the former First Lutheran Church, which was dedicated Nov. 20, 1881. The church, built for $1,500, was a daughter church of First Lutheran Church, North Branch, near Avoca. The church has been created into five display rooms: an old-time butcher shop, a carriage room with sleigh, a country store made from cottonwood logs, a loom room which also includes a section of the 1912 Syracuse switchboard from the telephone office, and a doctor's office.

Hours:
May to September, Sunday: 1:30pm to 4pm
Or by Appointment

Admission:
Adults - $3.00
Children - $1.00