This fellow, who was very much in character, greeted us at the door. He was lots of fun! There was a gift shop to the right of the entrance, where I purchased a very cute Nebraska spoon for my collection. There was also, what looked like a place to eat on the left. We didn’t eat there and now that I am looking this place up on the internet, I can’t find anything about food. Strange! Oh well, you aren’t there for the food anyway, you are there for the museum. All the workers are dressed in historical costumes. One of them gives you a head set to listen to the information and off you go. Check out the entrance to the museum, up that escalator.
The point of the museum is to show the history of Nebraska starting in the 1800’s with the pioneers. The map above shows how a lot of them went through Nebraska as they headed West. Of course, they were traveling in covered wagons, so that is how the “tour” starts. It is a self-guided tour that you can do at your own pace. The headsets tell you stories, play music and even make the sounds of storms, trains, cars, etc. Even cooler, they have some sort of devise that knows when you have moved on to the next room. When you do, the information for that room starts playing. Very cool headsets!
The sky above is actually moving, like a movie. As you listen to the people trying to push their covered wagon, a storm rolls in and the whole scene changes. It was really neat. (I’m such a nerd!) 🙂
That is an authentic 1914 Model T Ford, above, and an authentic 1961 Cadillac convertible, below. And you could go inside the Roadside Cafe (no food, just for show). Having just been to Yellowstone, I recognized that waterfall in the picture. I thought it looked just like Artist Point. Don’t you?
Being the history nerd that I am, I really enjoyed this museum. It wasn’t your typical history museum. You felt like you were a part of the history as you walked through and the headsets really added to the experience. I think it would be enjoyable for all ages as well. What an unexpected little stop on our last day. I was happy! 🙂