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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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A beautiful Museum with a lot of history inside.

One of the first mansions in this area it has been a home and a hospital. Now they have worked... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sheryl H
Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Beautiful old mansion!

This old mansion is just beautiful. They keep the lights to about the power level as when it was... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Wahoo, Nebraska
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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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2010 University Dr, Kearney, NE 68849-0001
+1 308-865-8284
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Sheryl H
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.

Thank WahooMike
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

2  Thank NebraskaTRC
Reviewed 25 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

Thank twoboys4me
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

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

Thank DowneastCornhusker
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

Thank Stuthehistoryguy
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

Thank lawprof3
Reviewed 27 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...More

Thank Patrick G
Will S, Manager at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Patrick, We apologize for the confusion! We just recently changed our hours and were in the middle of getting our signage updated. We are now open Tuesdays-Fridays 1-5pm, and 12-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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...More

1  Thank Dianna F
Will S, Director at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

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

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
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