Legacy of the Plains Museum

2930 Old Oregon Trail
Gering, NE 69341


Step back in time as you visit the North Platte Valley Museum in Gering, Nebraska, a private, not-for-profit museum situated on the Oregon and Pony Express Trails in the shadow of Scotts Bluff National Monument and nearby Chimney Rock National Historic Site. Our museum tells the fascinating story of human settlement in the beautiful North Platte River Valley of western Nebraska, from early Native American cultures like the Sioux and Cheyenne, to the European farmers, ranchers and townspeople who built strong communities in a region once considered part of a "Great American Desert." When you think of the days of the old settlers, a picture of horse-drawn carriages, covered wagons, one-room schoolhouses, general stores, sod houses, and a simpler way of life enters your mind. That’s exactly what you will find at Western Nebraska’s largest historical museum, the North Platte Valley Museum, where the history of our valley comes alive.

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