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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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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 5 days ago
Mary I
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Kearney
Unique Nebraska home

Very few folks probably think of mansions on the western plains of Nebraska but this one truly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SusieLou
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Fruita, Colorado
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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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

Thank SusieLou
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Will S, Director at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 January 4, 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 September 9, 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 September 7, 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 July 26, 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 July 27, 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 June 26, 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 June 5, 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 May 14, 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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Reviewed March 28, 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
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Will S, Manager at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 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.

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