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Pioneer Village, Minden

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  • I first visited Pioneer Village in 1966 during the summer prior to my senior year in high school. The place was still relatively shiny and new, and packed with visitors. My two buddies and I spent an ...  more »
  • Don't be put off by the exterior; this is an old attraction that's showing its age. Once you get inside you will be BLOWN AWAY by the quality and quantity of items on display. It's like a Smithsonian ...  more »
  • If my sister hadn't told me that we MUST go visit the Pioneer Museum on our trip to Kearney, we wouldn't have. Even as we drove up, I thought, This could be a mistake". The exterior and signage seemed...  more »
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  • After reading some reviews, my wife and I had relatively low expectations when we arrived at the Pioneer Village. We were pleasantly surprised to find the amount of items that were there. We were constantly amazed at the thought of how in the world they accumulated so many items! From Airplanes, to one of a kind snowmobiles, to every farm implement and tractor you could imagine to a huge building full of Ford and Chevy cars to rooms showing how kitchens were in 1890 to 1950. We didn't stop to read every card and we constantly walked around and it took us nearly 4 hours to see everything. No, the exhibits haven't been moved for years, but anyone can see there is a reason for that! How could you move all those buggies and trolleys and cars etc.? Sure it could be dusted and cleaned up, but well worth the stop to see history.
  • This is a PHENOMENAL collection that will leave any history buff, transportation enthusiast or patriotic American spellbound. Do NOT be put off by the weathered exterior. As soon as you enter you will get excited as if you had discovered a hidden gold mine of American history. Your hesitation about taking the 12 mile detour off the interstate will quickly dissolve. I've traveled the entire nation and this place rates with the best of family friendly historic and educational attractions America has to offer. No flashing video displays or annoying recorded messages repeatedly playing, just amazing, eclectic, collections of inventions that made America what she is. Plan on spending several hours here because you will not want to leave and several hours are required to take it all in. Very friendly staff. The name is a little misleading because this is not just a "pioneer" museum. It is a documentation of the progress of man. This attraction is obviously a victim of the interstate highway re routing traffic miles to the north. If it could only get more publicity countless more Americans could enjoy this magnificent educational presentation of their heritage. Only negative is the food prices are ridiculously high so bring your own snacks. Never expected to find an attraction so unforgettable in the middle of Nebraska. You will leave here feeling that your money was well spent on the entrance fee and you'll have a much better appreciation of what your ancestors endured.
  • We stopped here as we passed through Nebraska. My husband was reluctant at first. This place was so worth it. I just wish we had more time to explore this amazing collection of artifacts! It is truly amazing! Even my reluctant husband was impressed!
  • Like another reviewer, my parents to me to the Warp Pioneer Village 15 years ago. Now I'm bringing my kids, and it looks exactly the same. Literally. It doesn't look like anything has been done beyond whats necessary to keep the place running. Despite the fact that its sort of run down, I still enjoy the museum and exhibits. Mr Warp wanted to create a museum that showed progress, and I think the museum does an entertaining job of educating visitors on the progress of the 20th Century, but not beyond that. Don't let the status of the facilites keep you from coming and enjoying what the place has to offer. It's worth a days visit. I'm worried the fact that its so far from any main roads they won't be able to sustain the business. My kids were entertained and I hope the place stays around.
  • I've been there five times. It's been around since 1953 and its still a great place to see. Heck I wouldn't mind if I worked there or even run the place. If you love history or going through Nebraska and want to go to a museum, this would be a great place to see!