Welcome to the Buffalo County Historical Society and Trails & Rails Museum!

Photo Credit: Buzzing Bird Aerial Photography/William C. Orr

BCHS mission statement:
“The object of this Society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially the history of Buffalo County and the State of Nebraska. Understanding the history and preservation of the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life and gives us a better appreciation of our American heritage.”


Buffalo County is rich in the history of the great transportation routes of the past, present, and the future - the Mormon Trail, Union Pacific Railroad, Lincoln Highway, and Interstate 80. On this website you will find information about BCHS/Trails & Rails Museum events, archive information, contact information, photos of our property, as well as general information!


Becoming a member of the Buffalo County Historical Society is a great choice for those of all ages who want to help preserve the past and who enjoy history! Membership includes free admission into Trails & Rails Museum, a 20% discount in our gift shop, bi-monthly Buffalo Tales newsletters, invitations to members-only events, advance notice to special happenings, and special volunteer opportunities. The membership form is located here.

Exciting News:

Phase 1 of the BCHS expansion is complete! However, we are set to begin fundraising for the Phase 2 now and we need your help! Click HERE to see the expansion plans and for donation information. For more exciting news and upcoming events, please check out the Events tab!



Quick Information Space!


Memorial Day through Labor Day:


September through May:

Monday-Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 1-5 pm

Monday 1-4 pm

Monday-Friday 1-5pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Monday 1-4 pm

Closed all federal holidays

Adults - $7
Children 12 and under - $2

Children under 2 years old - Free
Free admission for BCHS members
We do offer group tours - See the "About Us" tab for more information!

Buffalo County Historical Society
710 West 11th Street
PO Box 523
Kearney, NE 68848-0523



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Recent News

For more information on the events listed below, please contact us!


Buffalo County Historical Society presents

A Night at the Opera



The Restored 1926 Curtain from the Kearney Opera House

and performances by such luminaries as

William Jennings Bryan   

Harry Houdini

Carrie Nation    

Madame Modjeska


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Save the Date!

More details coming soon!



With Halloween coming up in a few short months, remember Trails & Rails Museum still offers Private Ghost Hunts for you and your family or friends! If you are interested, please see our Events tab or call the Museum during business hours! The ghost hunts can be scheduled according to your schedule.


BCHS Pet Registry Contest


BCHS and Trails & Rails Museum is having a contest during the 2018-2019 year to build our pet registry in our archives. Submit your pets picture to save their place in the history of Buffalo County!

New this summer as well is a exhibit on animals native to Buffalo County, including information on those animals, a scavenger hunt for kids, and some taxidermy animals to view. Come see the exhibit today during normal business hours!

To view more information on this contest, see the link provided.




Buffalo County Historical Society's Family History Center is officially open!

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening on August 9th, 2017 was a great success. We welcome you to come see our new building and experience the displays in it!






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