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Pioneer Village, Minden

#10 of 39 in Museums in Nebraska
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  • Pioneer Village is amazing! I have visited four or five times over the years and recommended dozens of people to drive out of there way to visit. It is an honest to God national treasure. It is essent...  more »
  • I was here 60 some years ago and have remembered it since then. It has of course changed, but for the better, I'm sure. The exhibits are so varied, from small do-dads to buildings and equipment. There...  more »
  • I have been here once before and took my husband on our way to Oregon. He said” I am glad you insisted we visit this place” our suggestion is to come in the afternoon, stay overnight and return the ne...  more »
  • Harold Warp's Pioneer Village is an amazing place. It was intended to display the artifacts and culture of the Industrial Revolution and it has accomplished that mission in an extraordinary way. Mr. Warp described it as "Showing Man's progress since 1830". This place represents the lifelong mission of one man, Harold Warp, himself an inventor and contributor to the culture and technologies he sought to preserve for succeeding generations. The collections are grouped by category and arranged in chronological order, spanning the latter half of the Nineteenth Century and the first seven decades of the Twentieth Century. It has now become a museum depicting a museum. It has changed little in the past half century, preserved like a time capsule, as it was when Mr. Warp was no longer able to continue adding to the collections. Unless, by some miracle, this unique representation of a moment in the history of mankind can be saved from the relentless ravages of time and decay, it will inevitably cease to exist. If you're interested in the history of Twentieth Century technologies and culture, go see it as soon as possible. You may not have the opportunity if you wait too long. Take your children or grandchildren, and talk to them about a world that has changed in your lifetime, and how it will change in their's. This is a unique educational opportunity. Another reviewer mentioned "a Twilight Zone feel". If you're past middle age, you'll see once familiar things in a museum of obsolete culture and technologies. There's an airplane in there like one I flew when I was a young man. Not only is it obsolete, but it's hanging from the roof of an obsolete museum. Plan to stay at least one full day. Maybe three days or longer, there's a tremendous amount of history crammed into this place. Posted January 13, 2018.
  • An interesting museum with a Twilight Zone feel. The best comparison I can come up with is the Twilight Zone, Elegy, where the astronauts land on the cemetary planet. There was a lot of interesting stuff, but the entire place had a used up feeling, too, as if the batteries of the cosmos had run down in this place.
  • My wife and I hadn't gone through the museum in probably 25 years, so it was fun to go through it again. Some of the buildings are getting run down and need some work, but it was still fun looking at the old airplanes and cars. Many of the things we remembered seeing there as kids--much more than 25 years ago!
  • Went there at 10 in the morning thinking I would be there until about noon. They had to kick me out at 4:30 because they were closing. Incredible place!
  • Have been there when growing up with my parents and loved it. I took my kids on the way to Colorado on vacation. They loved It. Said it was one of the best parts of the trip. Yes it's old and showing its age, but you'll never find anything else like it anywhere.

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