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G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture

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Address: 2010 University Dr, Kearney, NE 68849-0001
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+1 308-865-8284
13:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 13:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Frank Museum is located in one of the largest mansions built during...

The Frank Museum is located in one of the largest mansions built during Kearney's 19th century industrial boom. Completed in 1890, the home of George and Phoebe Frank was notable for its opulence and modernity, featuring hand-carved oak woodwork, electric lighting, indoor plumbing, steam heating, large fireplaces, and other modern amenities. Following Kearney's collapse in the mid-1890s, the building served as both a private sanitarium and the residency for the Nebraska State Hospital for the Tubercular (now the West Campus of UNK). Today, the museum's mission is to engage diverse audiences with the history and culture of Kearney, Nebraska, and the larger Great Plains region through collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of the many individuals associated with this historic site. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Frank Museum serves as a living institution, interpreting the home and its cultural resources, and is dedicated to exploring our past as a way of better understanding our present and future. Throughout the year, the museum is available for public and private tours, school trips, university functions, and as a resource for class projects.

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They Have Captured the Past

Most visitors to Kearney probably do not even know about this hidden jewel on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. For that matter, most of the locals don't remember to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Most visitors to Kearney probably do not even know about this hidden jewel on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. For that matter, most of the locals don't remember to visit this well-kept 19th century mansion, either. It is constructed of red sandstone from Wyoming and, at the time of its construction in the 1890s, was the first house... More 

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped by on on a Monday (march 27) as most literature said they would be open from 2 to 5. Arrived at 3:00 pm, and they were not open. Sign out front said open Tuesday to Friday. Contradicting sign out back said open Monday to Friday....

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Bremerton, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I have gone past this place for years, growing up just 18 miles from it. Back then this was not open to the public. Now it is part of the UNK and open to the public. The first thing I noticed was the woodwork as I entered the main area. I love to explore old homes. So much history and... More 

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Will S, Director at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! Your input is very helpful. We are aware that parking is an issue and hope to have a solution soon. More 

Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

This was worth the time we took; pretty area of town. Definitely a pleasant, informative way to spend an hour.

Thank Kathleen J
Kearney, Nebraska
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This is a historic landmark in Kearney. There is not much fanfare with it when you tour it. I was there to hear a flute chamber concert and it was awesome. We went back later for the full tour. It's history is very neat. The tour is on certain days with a donation admission charge. It's worth 30 min to... More 

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McCook, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

What a beautiful place. I would visit every week if I could. So much progress is being made with renovations.

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Reviewed 11 May 2016

My wife and I walked in on a Monday afternoon, and were immediately asked if we wanted a tour of the house. The student who did the tour was exceptionally well-versed in the history of the house, and the work that is underway to restore it. It is a beautiful structure with a very interesting story. We recommend this exhibit... More 

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Reviewed 28 March 2016

An incredible home that thankfully is now in the care of the Univ of Nebraska. We had a wonderful student guide who understood the time period and welcomed our questions. Although the home is continuing its renovation, we were thrilled to be allowed to go the the second floor.

Thank 67kewpie
Kearney, Nebraska, United States
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36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015

Make sure and take the tour with a guide. Not real interesting without it. It is still a work in progress so check on it from time to time. Good example of late 19th century architecture.

Thank Larry H
Centennial, Colorado, United States
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141 reviews
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

The Frank House is a Gilded Age mansion located on the west side of the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. Parking is adjacent. Tours are given by volunteers. Our tour was given by a university student who was very knowledgeable about the house and the surrounding area. There is no admission fee. Donations are appreciated. The main level of... More 

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