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Historic House Museums in Nebraska

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Nebraska current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Nebraska that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Brownville

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Captain Bailey Museum

5th and Main Sts
Brownville, NE 
Phone: (402) 825-6001 • Toll Free: (877) 559-6005

Year Built: 1858
Admission Price: Call
Hours: Call

The house is a seven-gabled Victorian residence that was home to a Civil War veteran. It was originally built nearer the Missouri River, then taken apart brick by brick and reassembled on the present site in 1877. There is a famous ghost story associated with the Bailey House that entertains all guests to the Museum. Displayed are period furniture, toys, clothed figures, and a quilt collection.

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The Carson House

3rd and Main Streets
Brownville, NE 
Phone: (402) 825-6001

Year Built: 1860
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

Built in 1860 by Richard Brown, the founder of Brownsville, it later became the home of John Carson a prominent bank president. Since the home was occupied by Carson's descendants until being donated to the Brownville Historical Society in 1966, the home contains many of its original furnishings and has not been updated with any modern conveniences.

Dakota City

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O'Connor House


Dakota City, NE 
Phone: (402) 698-2288

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call
Hours: Call

Captain Cornelius O'Connor was born in 1821 in County Cork, Ireland and came to the United States in 1829. He lived in Boston, Mass. and New York City before coming west with his wife Katherine (Duggan) and family in 1857. They took a steamer from St. Louis and landed on May 18 at the already-established St. John's Colony near Jackson, Nebraska. O'Connor filed a claim near Elk Creek and lived there for four or five years before moving to the homestead near Homer. The family lived in a one-room house there until the mansion on the 1,000 acre farm was built.

Fremont

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Louis E. May Museum

1643 N. Nye Ave
Fremont, NE  68025
Phone: (402) 721-4515

Year Built: 1874
Admission Price: Adults $5, Students $1
Hours: 1:30-4:30 Wed-Sat, Apr to Dec

The original home was built in the Italianate Revival style. Theron Nye built the house in 1874. His son inherited the home in 1900 and remodled the home from 1901 until 1912. The current style of the home is Georgian or Classical Revival and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds are a Nebraska Arboretum Site.

Kearney

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Frank House

2010 University Drive
University of Nebraska at Kear
Kearney, NE  68849
Phone: (308) 865-8284

Year Built: 1889
Admission Price: free, donations appreciated
Hours: M-F 2-5 and Sat noon-5 except University holidays and breaks

The Frank's 1889 mansion is built of Colorado red sandstone in Richardsonian Romanesque style and contains one of the largest stained glass windows Tiffany designed for a residence. It features hand carved Golden English Oak, a grand staircase and seven of its original ten fireplaces. The Frank House was the first house in Nebraska to be wired during construction for electricity. The Franks were responsible for the first hydroelectric power plant in Nebraska and bringing the first trolley car system west of the Mississippi to Kearney. The Frank House later became a residence for staff members of the Nebraska State Hospital for the Tubercular and is now the historic home on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Lincoln

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Fairview

49th and Sumner St.
Lincoln, NE 
Phone: (402) 483-8300

Year Built: 1901
Admission Price: Call
Hours: Call

Fairview, the former home of William Jennings Bryan is now a museum and interpretive center. It has been faithfully restored to depict the family's life in the early 1900's. The home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

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Governor's Mansion

1225 H Street
Lincoln, NE  68508
Phone: (402) 471-3466

Year Built: 1957
Admission Price: Call
Hours: 1-4pm Thu

The home of Nebraska 's first family features a doll collection of the state's first ladies in their inaugural gowns. A superb silver service from the battleship U.S.S. Nebraska, needlepoint chair cushions, custom woven carpets and elegant reception rooms highlight the home.

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Thomas P. Kennard House

1627 H. Street
Lincoln, NE  68501
Phone: (402) 471-4764

Year Built: 1869
Admission Price: Adults $3
Hours: By Appt Only, Mon-Fri

Dedicated as the Nebraska Statehood Memorial in 1968, the Kennard House is the oldest standing structure in Lincoln's original plat. At the 1869 italianate home of Nebraska's first Secretary of State, Thomas P. Kennard, you will learn about the excitement of creating a new state capital, and see the formality of Victorian lifestyles. The oldest residence in Lincoln has been restored to the 1870s with tours available year round.

McCook

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Senator George Norris State Historic Site

706 Norris Avenue
McCook, NE  69001
Phone: (308) 345-8484

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $3
Hours: Call

At the Norris House you'll discover the fascinating story of the father of the Rural Electrification Act, the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, and Nebraska's one-house legislature. The house and all its furnishings were donated to the Historical Society by Norris's wife, Ellie in 1968. Exhibits located in the basement of the house trace the senator's life and career.

Merriman

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Bowring Ranch State Historical Park

1.5 miles north on SR 61 then
Merriman, NE 
Phone: (308) 684-3428

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Bowring Ranch near Merriman is a Hereford demonstration ranch, donated by former U.S. Senator Eve Bowring in memory of her husband. The ranch house displays fine antique china, crystal and silver as well as memorabilia from their active public service careers. The visitor center interprets ranching, homesteading, geology, wildlife and many other areas related to the Sandhills and Bowrings.

Nebraska City

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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

2nd Ave
Nebraska City, NE  68410
Phone: (402) 873-7222

Year Built: 1855
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

This beautiful estate in Nebraska City was home to J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. From its beginning in 1855 as a four-room frame house, the magnificent mansion grew to 52 rooms through several remodelings. Authentic furnishings grace the rooms, and displays capture the life and times of this exceptional man.

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Wildwood Period House

420 Steinhart Park Rd.
Nebraska City, NE 
Phone: (402) 873-6340

Year Built: 1869
Admission Price: Call
Hours: Call

Built in 1869 the 10 room home has been restored and is decorated in mid-Victorian style.

North Platte

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Lincoln County Historical Museum

2403 North Buffalo Bill Avenue
North Platte, NE  69101
Phone: (308) 534-5640 • Toll Free: (800) 955-4528

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $3
Hours: 9am-8pm Memorial Day to Labor Day

This museum complex contains several furnished homes from the mid to late 1800s.

Omaha

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General Crook House Museum

30th and Fort Streets
Omaha, NE  68111
Phone: (402) 455-9990

Year Built: 1879
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: 10-4pm Tue-Fri, 1-4pm Sat-Sun

The house is an Italianate style, which represented the no-nonsense grandeur of the military frontier. The furnishings are from the 1880 Victorian period. From early November through the end of December, the museum celebrates Nineteenth Century Holidays. The Crook House Guild, with help from area designers and design students, transforms every room in the house into a captivating glimpse of Christmas past.

Red Cloud

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Webster County Historical Museum

721 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, NE 
Phone: (402) 746-2444

Year Built: 1909
Admission Price: 1-5pm daily between Apr 1 and Oct 30
Hours: Contact Museum

Housed in a 1909 classic revival style brick mansion, the Webster County Historical Museum is a beautiful landmark and an outstanding resource for learning about the area's rich pioneering and agricultural history. The four floors of the museum bring to life the early settlers of Webster County. It is a treasure trove of information about local families living in the Red Cloud and Guide Rock areas during the late 1800's and early 1900's

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