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Norton, KS 67654
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Arts & Museums
The Prairie Museum of Art + History is situated in an old farmland that consisted of a sod house, church, school and barn. The quaint buildings now house the museum exhibits, which narrate Colby's history through the centuries. The land surrounding the museum cottages are replete with thickly-growing Buffalo Grass and a walk through the barn reveals the High Plains region's agricultural history, through a plethora of old snapshots, farm vehicles and equipment. The temporary exhibits showcase the talents of upcoming local artists, and many of the sculptures, paintings and mixed media works reveal complex rural sensibilities. This museum also organizes educational programs and lectures for schools.
The George W. Frank House is a must-visit landmark for tourists in Kearney. This historic house dates back to 1889 and is full of architectural grandeur. George William Frank, Jr., a prosperous local architect built it as a family home for his parents and equipped it with many firsts such as the first building in Western United States to feature electrical wiring. The Richardsonian Romanesque Shingle architectural style used, however, is reminiscent of a bygone era, replete with oak wood furniture, intricate wooden sculptures, Holland tiles and seven magnificent fireplaces. Guests can walk through the three stories, admiring vintage artworks, mirrors, furniture and fabrics. The breathtaking Tiffany stained glass window is the highlight of the place and well worth a visit. As this house passed through numerous wealthy hands through the decades, it fuses myriad architectural styles. Today, the building is situated within the premises of the University of Nebraska-Kearney and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It also functions as a museum and a venue for major cultural events.
The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is a part of the Fort Hays State University and is one of the best places in town for those interested in natural science. From interactive exhibits to temporary and traveling ones to fossils and dioramas, there is never a dull moment here. You will find the displays of dinosaurs and prehistoric species of the land and sea that were once lived in Kansas more than 80 million years ago very exciting. Apart from these this museum has an impressive collection of specimens ranging from geology, paleontology, botany to mammalogy and other fields. Check out the Discovery Room, gift shop and book store to give you more than a glimpse of history.
The Archway is a monument and local history museum with unique architecture planned by the Walt Disney Company. This museum stretches on an elongated, arched bridge, balanced between two towers. The façade was created using a combination of acids and electricity to impart brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow, inspired by grand Nebraska sunsets. Through audio tours, artifacts and exhibitions, visitors can understand the economic and social processes in Platte River Valley that changed the country's geography and led to the westward expansion of the American borders. It narrates important occurrences such as the building of highways, railroads, telegraph wires and trails, the various wars fought in the region, intriguing buffalo stampedes and famous men responsible for shaping history, including the state's pioneers. This museum also organizes educational tours for Scout groups and schools.