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Address: 2930 Old Oregon Trail, Gering, NE 69341
Phone Number: +1 308-436-1989
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Legacy of the Plains Museum was created in 2013 through the merger of two...

Legacy of the Plains Museum was created in 2013 through the merger of two well-established institutions: the North Platte Valley Museum and the Farm And Ranch Museum. The museum will constantly be changing as we build new exhibits and attractions. Check our website for the latest updates and events. Located on the Oregon Trail, the Legacy of the Plains Museum features an impressive collection of pioneer and early community artifacts, antique tractors, and farm implements; an 80-acre working farm; historic farmstead structures; and striking views of Scotts Bluff National Monument.

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Nice collection of farm and ranch machinery

There is a very nice collection of farm and ranch machinery and equipment displayed on the grounds. Anybody with more than a passing interest in the land use and settlement... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015
Citallwic
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Sparta, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This place is not completely up and running yet. As passer byers we stopped to check this place out. It is mostly stuff from the area as well as a collection farming equipment.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

There is a very nice collection of farm and ranch machinery and equipment displayed on the grounds. Anybody with more than a passing interest in the land use and settlement history of this region should find it very interesting (I know I sure did). You don’t need to pay an admission fee to check it out.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

On my way along Oregon Trail and Pony Express Trail, headed to Scotts Bluff when I noticed this new museum. Surprisingly top quality living history museum featuring all the history of the area including farming, pioneers and American Indians. I especially enjoyed their pre-show gallery where there a series of short movies on the history of the area. I also... More 

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Lakewood
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We had a blast checking out all the old farm equipment, and learning how farming was done in the old days. We went a couple years ago to their cattle dog trials, wow that was so much fun!! I can hardly wait for that to return. They have a cute gift shop too that has some hand made things from... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Although the exhibits are still being constructed this museum is still well worth a visit and is only a stones throw from Scottsbluff national monument.

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

took the right grandkids from Alaska they enjoyed seeing the sugar free harvesting equipment they like the old school thingsnice video panorama of the old history

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Buford, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

A fine collection of things from the past representing farm and ranch life on the plains of Nebraska. The museum hosts many hands-on activities throughout the year. We participated in a 2-day draft and pulling horse, and mule driving seminar. What a great venue and opportunity for hands-on experience with these great animals! Many, many thanks to all the volunteers... More 

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This Museum "Comes Alive" in the fall for their harvest festival. Lots of moving parts, including horses, operating machinery, food vendors, tractor parade, Sunday morning service. Need to put this on your personal bucket list to spend that weekend here in Gering Nebraska. Well worth the time and the trip.

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Amanda G, Archivist/Asst. Curator at Legacy of the Plains Museum, responded to this review

Terry, Thank you for sharing your experience! We appreciate your feedback and are so glad you came out and enjoyed yourself. Our museum is always striving to "come alive" to our visitors in many ways. Our Annual Harvest Festival will be taking place again the third weekend of September with our feature crop being corn. We hope we will see... More 

Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The North Platte Valley Museum and the Farm and Ranch Museum merged to form the Legacy of the Plains (at the old F & R location). There is something for everyone. My favorite exhibits are the pioneer things. My nephew, who is 6, loves to see the tractors whenever he comes to visit. Currently, they have a display of Teresa... More 

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Amanda G, Archivist/Asst. Curator at Legacy of the Plains Museum, responded to this review

KimmerG, Thank you for sharing your experience. We appreciate your feedback and are glad that you had a great time at our museum. As a family museum, we are always looking for new ways to keep the whole family entertained. We hope that you'll keep in touch with us as we are planning to improve upon our main exhibit space... More 

Gering, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Old stuff everywhere. Farming is still alive and well in Neb. WE need to teach others about what we do and why. Food is cheap in the US because of what equipment and people have provided to make more efficient use of the land.

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Amanda G, Archivist/Asst. Curator at Legacy of the Plains Museum, responded to this review

Travis, Thank you for your review of our museum. You are absolutely right, farming is very much still alive and well. Our museum prides itself on our working farmland on the grounds. This year, we are growing corn - our featured crop for this year's annual harvest festival in September. Showing the importance of agriculture in our community is just... More 

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