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

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


Important changes in hours for holiday season


With the holidays quickly approaching, please note a change in the business hours of Trails & Rails Museum and BCHS. We will be closed December 16th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018. We will reopen on January 8th, 2018 at 1pm! We look forward to an exciting 2018 and cannot wait for you to join us in the coming year!


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!


Buffalo County Historical Society to Cut Ribbon
on Family History Center

Join us for the ribbon cutting for phase 1 of the brand new Family History Center!

Festivities run from 4:15-5:30pm, Wednesday, August 9th 2017. The ribbon cutting will be at 4:30pm. The Family History Center is located at 710 W 11th St, Kearney, NE, just west of the original Trails & Rails Museum property. To learn more about this event, see the prese release here.





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