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G.W. Frank Museum of History and culture

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Address: 2010 University Dr, Kearney, NE 68849-0001
Phone Number: +1 308-865-8284
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Mon - Fri 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Frank Museum is located in one of the largest mansions built during...

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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GW Frank Museum

What a beautiful place. I would visit every week if I could. So much progress is being made with renovations.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2016
McCook, Nebraska
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McCook, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

What a beautiful place. I would visit every week if I could. So much progress is being made with renovations.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

My wife and I walked in on a Monday afternoon, and were immediately asked if we wanted a tour of the house. The student who did the tour was exceptionally well-versed in the history of the house, and the work that is underway to restore it. It is a beautiful structure with a very interesting story. We recommend this exhibit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

An incredible home that thankfully is now in the care of the Univ of Nebraska. We had a wonderful student guide who understood the time period and welcomed our questions. Although the home is continuing its renovation, we were thrilled to be allowed to go the the second floor.

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Kearney, Nebraska, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Make sure and take the tour with a guide. Not real interesting without it. It is still a work in progress so check on it from time to time. Good example of late 19th century architecture.

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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The Frank House is a Gilded Age mansion located on the west side of the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. Parking is adjacent. Tours are given by volunteers. Our tour was given by a university student who was very knowledgeable about the house and the surrounding area. There is no admission fee. Donations are appreciated. The main level of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Guide made it good as she added the historical context to what was viewable. Under restoration but first floor complete, with second floor underway but you can tour all. Nice collection of period photos with nice touch of tablets where you can browse all the photos on display in the house. Really great they could save this example of high-end... More 

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Kearney, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This house is fascinating. The woodwork was all hand done in the late 1800's. The tour guide has wonderful facts to tell the group and if you like history, this is a place to enjoy. We learned so much about Kearney by taking our visitors to this beautiful house.

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Nappanee, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The guide who helped us was a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She was a delight. You can tour the home, read the history at your leisure, and give a donation to offset the cost of preserving the home. Great Idea!

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North Platte, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

The history we learned about the Kearney area on this tour was quite interesting. We did not know that Kearney had trolley's at one point or that they had them before the more famous San Francisco. Being the first house this side of the river to have electricity and other more modern conveniences was also an interesting note. The architecture... More 

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Will S, Director at G.W. Frank Museum of History and culture, responded to this review

Crystal, Thanks for your review! We are in the process of designing a new exhibit for the museum and, rest assured, the new design will keep the window clear for photos. Until then, please feel free to ask one of our tour guides to temporarily move the exhibit labels. We are happy to help! Hope to see you again soon! More 

Lee's Summit, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I love old house and buildings. This place filled the bill. The gentleman at the house was very informative and provided us with a great tour. This is an 1880s house that cost around $42000 during time when the normal house cost around $2000. This house had a finished basement. Yes, that's right, a finished basement. Most houses during this... More 

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