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G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture

Museums, Galleries and Archives (State-Funded Historical Museums/Archives)
American Association for State and Local History Member


Take a walk through Nebraska history! Located in a beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque mansion, the G.W. Frank Museum is part house museum, part history museum, part cultural center. Built in 1890, the opulent home of capitalists George and Phoebe Frank was among the first electrified houses in the American West. Its unique story as a once modern, stylish residence, turned rental property, sanitarium, and tuberculosis hospital offers a window into Kearney’s past – its early rise and fall, and its rebirth as a center for health and education.

Exhibits, tours, and programs explore the history and culture of central Nebraska and the developing West, from the Gilded Age to the present. Learn about the industrialists, factory workers, and domestic servants who experienced Kearney’s rapid boom and bust. Find out what life was like for the doctors, nurses, and thousands of patients at the Nebraska Hospital for Tuberculosis. See the house’s ongoing restoration. Or simply enjoy our rotating displays of Victorian decorative art. There’s something for everyone!

The beautiful, Colorado sandstone exterior of the mansion.
George W. Frank's library and desk.

2010 University Drive
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone Number
(308) 865-8284
Tuesday-Friday, 1-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12-5pm; Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
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This location was created on 2015-05-24 by Clio Admin .   It was last updated on 2017-11-10 by William Stoutamire, Frank House Museum

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