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G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture

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Address: 2010 University Dr, Kearney, NE 68849-7110
Phone Number: +1 308-865-8284
13:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 13:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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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Interesting tour, nice guide

This was worth the time we took; pretty area of town. Definitely a pleasant, informative way to spend an hour.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
Sunnyvale, California
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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This was worth the time we took; pretty area of town. Definitely a pleasant, informative way to spend an hour.

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Kearney, Nebraska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This is a historic landmark in Kearney. There is not much fanfare with it when you tour it. I was there to hear a flute chamber concert and it was awesome. We went back later for the full tour. It's history is very neat. The tour is on certain days with a donation admission charge. It's worth 30 min to... More 

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McCook, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 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 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 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 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 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 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 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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