The Plainsman Museum

The Plainsman Museum, Aurora: Hours, Address, The Plainsman Museum Reviews: 5/5

The Plainsman Museum
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Speciality Museums • Educational sites • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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"Journey through yesterday" at the Plainsman Museum! Our five buildings on our six-acre campus house over 50,000 artifacts, and focus on the time period from 1860-1950. Some of our featured exhibits include a sod house, log cabin, historical main street boardwalk, military exhibit, antique farm equipment, a one room schoolhouse, Gen. Delevan & Lana Bates' Victorian-era home, and much, much more! Learn and remember the history of Hamilton County, NE, and the people who made their home on the Great Plains!
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Carla V
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The Plainsman Museum tells a authentic story with their exhibits. You could spend several hours walking through and around all of the exhibits as there is more than one building to walk through. The volunteer we spoke with was very knowledgeable about the Museum. Every once in awhile she would find us and point out something we hadn't seen.
Written September 28, 2021
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Edward D
Aurora3 contributions
I've been to dozens of museums , and except for major city, and exclusive collections this museum has much to offer, and a real treasure in a small community, this is not one of those tiny places with a few items, and more trinkets for sale than things to see, this is a real museum. The Plainsman Museum covers the history of the everyday people, merchants and local events of Hamilton County Nebraska from 1868 to 1970. In two large buildings, one for the main museum holdings, you first hace a large open rotunda area with large pictures and painting covering creation to the arrival of the settlers in the 1860s, enter through a covered wagon facade t start your journey and you will first see a log house, sod house and over 16 mini store window fronts n a main street board walk, were each is filled with many items. a drug store, jail, bar, bank, barbershop, hardware store, furniture store, printing office, mechanics garage , movie theater etc the 2nd building is centered on the agracultural side of the county, with several dozen tractors, combines, and an actual rural farm house . a few dozen restored old cars, many old household appliances from before the 1930s. out side is a restored railroad crew car, an actual rural school house, and a former civil war generals home. it takes about 3- 4 hours to get a decent walk through. this museum surpasses many city museums for variety, quantity and focus on local items, from local families. the Staff are never to busy to answer questions, and are very knowledgeable, the price is well worth it. I think the general adult admission is $6, senior s is $4 and under 6 is free. not sure admission. . If you like looking at antiques and seeing how people lived and worked you will not be bored or disappointed. attached to the Edgerton explorite center. Been there last in early spring 2016. prices may have changed.
Written September 13, 2016
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tkell2018
Aurora, NE16 contributions
Lots of fun activities for all ages and a staff who loves what they do. I have hosted family reunion activities at the Plainsman Museum a couple of times and all totally enjoyed our time there.
Written October 8, 2019
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Nannycarolina
15 contributions
Couples
We were looking at a National Geo Atlas attempting to find an interesting attraction on I80 from Omaha to WY to break up the long straight road! There in small red print was Plainsman Museum. We decided to stop and were really pleased to find a quality historical museum with knowledgeable volunteers and excellent exhibits. My husband swears it had better exhibits than some we have seen at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum! So, if you are passing thru Aurora NE, stop and see this. You will not be disappointed.
Written July 27, 2019
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droeber5
Wayne, NE36 contributions
We have driven by this museum and on our way home, we decided to stop. This is a must see. They displays are payed out like walking down the Main Street of a pioneer town. This is a real gem.
Written June 25, 2019
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Thank you so much for stopping in, and we are delighted you enjoyed the museum. We hope to see you again soon!
Written June 29, 2019
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STEVE C
Winchester, VA153 contributions
Couples
While driving cross country we saw the road sign for the Plainsman Museum and decided to stop for a few minutes. 1 1/2 hours later we had to get back on the road but vowed to return if we ever pass through again. What an amazing museum! You literally walk back in time through the streets of the origins of this town and its’ progress to current times. A place definitely worth stopping at!
Written May 29, 2019
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Thank you so much for this great review! We love when people from outside Hamilton County stop by for a peek at our past, and we look forward to seeing you again.
Written May 30, 2019
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Melissa
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Family
What a gem this place is! Very friendly and informative staff. Sparkling clean and a plethora of exhibits to see.
Written May 18, 2019
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Thank you - We really appreciate your review, and hope you'll visit again soon!
Written May 25, 2019
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Julie B
Iowa92 contributions
Couples
We visited this museum because it was one of the stops on the 2018 Nebraska Passport program and are we glad we did!! We were warmly greeted by the curator in the main (air conditioned!!) building, who stamped our passport books, offered a bit of info about the museum and mentioned a discount for Passport travelers. We decided to tour the museum and she started us on our way. You start the tour by walking through a covered-wagon canvas--a fun touch. A highlight was an exhibit set up like a street of businesses and shops that you could enter and view old-time gadgets, furniture and clothing. Another exhibit of interest showcased some of the stop-action photography of Harold Edgerton. We spent over an hour looking at the displays and could have spent longer but we had other stops on our itinerary. There were other outbuildings at the museum but it was 93 degrees and just too hot for me to enjoy anything outside. The Plainsman was well-worth the small admission fee and we will be back when it's cooler and we have more time.
Written July 9, 2018
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todolist
Wilson, AR332 contributions
Family
I know you’re probably rolling down the freeway, and your destination is pulling you forward.
But if you skip this jewel, I guarantee you’ll regret it.
I suspect my agricultural childhood makes it more significant, but there are things here you’ll never see anywhere else.
It made me feel as though I was reliving my grandfather’s early years.
Tons of neat stuff.
Written July 4, 2018
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad the museum was able to help you find and connect with the stories of you and your family - that's what we're here for.
Written July 5, 2018
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Deathoncall
Waipahu, HI263 contributions
Solo
This is a great stop. The people were super friendly and answered a lot of questions. I learned a lot from the displays and actually ran out of time. Two hours is not enough time to go through both buildings thoroughly. I will highly recommend this stop to MGanyone.
Written June 27, 2018
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The Plainsman Museum is open:
  • Tue - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM