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G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture

2010 University DR, Kearney, NE 68849-0001
+1 308-865-8284
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Beautiful Museum!

This historic home is absolutely amazing. Don't miss a tour of this Museum while visiting the... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2018
Gauwe58
Havent been there since the early 80's

Interesting tour. Will is very knowledgeable and easy to understand. The renovations have taken... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2018
Mary I
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Take a walk through Nebraska history! Located in a beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque mansion, the G.W. Frank Museum is part house museum, part history museum, part cultural center. Built in 1890, the opulent home of capitalists George and Phoebe Frank was among the first electrified houses in the American West. Its unique story as a once modern, stylish residence, turned rental property, sanitarium, and tuberculosis hospital offers a window into Kearney’s past – its early rise and fall, and its rebirth as a center for health and education. Exhibits, tours, and programs explore the history and culture of central Nebraska, from the Gilded Age to the present. Learn about the industrialists, factory workers, and domestic servants who experienced Kearney’s rapid boom and bust. Find out what life was like for the doctors, nurses, and thousands of patients at the Nebraska Hospital for Tuberculosis. See the house’s ongoing restoration. Or simply enjoy our rotating displays of Victorian decorative art. There’s something for everyone!
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2010 University DR, Kearney, NE 68849-0001
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

This historic home is absolutely amazing. Don't miss a tour of this Museum while visiting the Kearney area. The home is just beautiful and learning about the family that built the home and lived here is very interesting.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Interesting tour. Will is very knowledgeable and easy to understand. The renovations have taken this beautiful mansion steps up on the interest level. Mostly done by public donations. Free admission. One passing through should not miss this place. Gives one a different perspective of life,...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Very few folks probably think of mansions on the western plains of Nebraska but this one truly matches many that I have seen in other parts of the country and is worth a visit, imho. The challenge is getting to it since it is on...More

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Will S, Director at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thanks for your review, SusieLou! Our restoration work is nearly complete. All four levels of the home will be open to the public after Saturday, April 14, 2018! We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

One of the first mansions in this area it has been a home and a hospital. Now they have worked hard to get it back to it's original colors and styles. We have been to events there and especially enjoyed the Museum at Christmas time.

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

This old mansion is just beautiful. They keep the lights to about the power level as when it was occupied in the late 1880's. Many original pieces of furnishings.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

I stopped here as part of the Nebraska Passport program intending to get my stamp and leave. However, I ended up staying over an hour and enjoyed it very much. I ended up with a one-on-one tour with a guide who seemed to have a...More

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

They must currently be renovating. It was a nice building, but a lot of information was missing and it looked like they were making some changes. I don't think we saw it in it's entirety.More

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Will S, Director at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

Thanks for your review! We are in the finishing stages of a multi-year project that began with a complete interior rehabilitation in 2015-2016. New exhibits and interpretive information are on their way and will debut later this year. Soon you will find: - An exhibit...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2017

It is a bit difficult to find and figuring out where you can legally park is even harder. Then there is the total lack of signage telling you which door you can enter. Apparently we came in the 'back' or 'staff' door (it was by...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2017

This is a nice attraction that reflects a side of Kearney history not often explored. This home, a mansion in its day, was built by a real estate speculator who went bust after a few years. Though the lower level of the home showcase's the...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2017

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...More

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