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Pioneer Village, Minden

#9 of 91 in Museums in Nebraska
Must see · History Museum · Specialty Museum
Pioneer Village is a museum and tourist attraction along U.S. Highway 6 in Minden, Nebraska, United States. Pioneer Village was founded in 1953 by Harold Warp, a Chicago manufacturer from Minden. The museum comprises a complex of 28 buildings on 20 acres (81,000 m2) with a total collection of over 50,000 items. The museum has a large collections of items from 1830 to the present, including frontier buildings; early cars (more than 350 are on display) and airplanes; a Wurlitzer Caliola; tractors and other farm implements; and an art collection. The Pioneer Village also manages a motel and a campground as part of the complex.
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  • This is a must do. Great museum frozen in time. I would doubt many of the artifacts and cars have been moved since the museum opened. That is what makes it great. Dont spend your money at the arch....  more »
  • A fantastic trip into the past with MANY displays of millions of historic items in a dozen buildings. A MUST SEE in central Nebraska only 10miles south of I-80 near Kearney. The museum has been there....  more »
  • Quite remarkable. Opens our eyes not just to Nebraska history, but also US history. Tons of beautiful (and weird) vehicles and "tech" from every generation. Well worth the 13mile drive down from I80, but.plan to spend at least 2 hours, could easily spend 4+ hours.
  • Awesome place to stop and learn about the lifestyles of America's pioneers. Absolutely worth the visit. Walking through each building and learning each additional tidbit of information about the Warp family's history is a lot of fun.

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