Our exhibits, tours, and programs explore the history and culture of central Nebraska. Learn about central Nebraska's rapid boom and bust. Find out what life was like at the Nebraska State Hospital for Tuberculosis. Or simply enjoy our displays of European and American decorative art.
There are many ways to connect with history at the Frank Museum!
- 21 Sep, 19Past
It's time for another biannual Plant Sharing Event hosted by the Soil Sisters and Misters Garden Club! 🌿🌿🌿 Details: The event is FREE and will…16 Jun, 18Past
Join us at the 33rd Annual Wagons West Celebration at Kearney's Trails and Rails Museum! We will have a booth featuring activities inspired by the…
In the News
- Will Stoutamire, a familiar face at UNK, returns to lead growing public history programs
“We see the need for public historians time and again,” Stoutamire said. “These professionals are uniquely trained to engage in really important conversations with public audiences about our history, what it means for our present and how we live with those legacies today."
- MONA, Frank Museum closed to public to limit health risk
The closures follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health officials to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- UNK limiting event sizes through spring semester
The policy applies to UNK-sponsored events both on and off campus, as well as events hosted for outside groups at campus facilities.
- ‘Essential Yet Unseen’: New Frank Museum exhibit focuses on 1890s servant life
The exhibit will be unveiled 1-4 p.m. Saturday during a public reception. The free event includes remarks by UNK College of Arts and Sciences Dean Ryan Teten, assistant history professor Nathan Tye and Frank Museum interim Director April White.
- Frank Museum showcases Christmastime during two eras
This year’s holiday display features a classic American theme in the main floor’s grand hall, with the drawing room reflecting an upper-class Christmas from the 1890s Victorian era.
What our visitors are saying about their experience:
In 1890, capitalists George and Phoebe Frank, originally of New York, built a Richardsonian Romanesque mansion just outside of Kearney, Nebraska. They hoped to be…
Once the home of George and Phoebe Frank, this grand stone mansion was the original Nebraska Hospital for the Tuberculous. For eight months in 1912,…
Form & Function: European & American Decorative Arts is an exhibit dedicated to showcasing fine decorative arts such as glassworks, ceramics, enamel pieces, and furniture…
I stopped here as part of the Nebraska Passport program intending to get my stamp and leave. I ended up with a one-on-one tour with a guide who seemed to have a love for the house, its story, and its beauty. Since I love art and and history myself, it was a great time!NebraskaTRC
Very few folks probably think of mansions on the western plains of Nebraska but this one truly matches many that I have seen in other parts of the country and is worth a visit. I had an excellent student guide, very patient and knowledgeable.Susie Lou
Interesting tour. Will is very knowledgeable and easy to understand. The renovations have taken this beautiful mansion steps up on the interest level. One passing through should not miss this place. Gives one a different perspective of life, commerce and humanity in the 1800s.Mary I.
A shining example of diversity and rich history with in our own community.Andy W.
My father spent six months as a patient at the hospital and my mother had a friend who lived in the Frank House. It took me back in time. Thanks!Gary W.
A wonderful place to discover the history of the early Kearney area. A beautiful venue, too.Megan G.