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Elkhorn Valley Museum, Norfolk

#61 of 91 in Museums in Nebraska
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Discover your history and the history of Northeastern Nebraska! The Elkhorn Valley Museum has something for everyone. We have changing exhibits as well as permanent exhibitions featuring thousands of historical artifacts. We also host the Johnny Carson Gallery, which exhibits the history of Carson's television years and growing up in Norfolk. Our Research Center contains family files, books, and photos relating to the Norfolk and Elkhorn Valley area for anyone wishing to do genealogical research and research of the Norfolk area. Our Bird Library was endowed by the estate of the late John and Willeta Lueshen to the museum. We house the Children's Discovery Zone, containing a hands-on activity area; it is geared toward children age 2 to 8 and their families.

The Elkhorn Valley Historical Society was founded in 1958. The members of the society believe in the value of preserving the past, the memory and legacy of the lives of the people of the Elkhorn Valley for future generations. Thanks to the generosity of area citizens, businesses, organizations and grants, the society was able to complete the construction of a beautiful museum building in 1997.

Our Museum Gift Shop contains works of local craftsman and artisans, history books, Johnny Carson DVDs, VHS tapes, and books, University of Nebraska Cornhusker items, books by Nebraska authors, State of Nebraska items, and much more!


$6 Adult

$5 Senior (60+)

$3 Children ages 3-18

Children age 2 and under are FREE

Elkhorn Valley Museum members are free
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  • Much to see Jonny Carson has Majore display here there are many stories of strugles of settlers and the creativity of past town people. Aslo some history of the radio staion WJAG whic was on the air.....  more »
  • Good section on the timeless Johnny Carson but an interesting traveling exhibit about clothing. And the history of the area was excellent. I want to come back when the weather is nicer for some bird.....  more »
  • Displays were well organized and informative. The Johnny Carson room was very good. Admission was $6 for adults.
  • Neat history of the area and perhaps the most famous and foremost pioneer of evening television programing.

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