Frequently Asked Questions

How do I donate items?

        All donated items have to be approved by our collections committee. Bring the item to Trails & Rails with a completed Temporary Custody Form If the item is too big or delicate, feel free to bring or mail us pictures of the item instead. You will be contacted if the committee does not accept the item.

How do I get to the museum?

         We are five blocks west of 2nd Ave on 11th St across from Centenial Park. To find us from Interstate 80, take Exit 272, travel north on 2nd Ave until you get to the 11th St. intersection. Turn west, travel five blocks and you will find us on the south side of the road. See picture on the right.

How much does it cost to see Trails & Rails Museum?

        It is $7 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under, kids under 2 years old are free. BCHS members get in for FREE.

What will I see at Trails & Rails Museum?

       You will see eight historic buildings and our train on a guided tour that lasts 1-1.5 hours. Click HERE to see pictures of Trails & Rails Museum.

Do you offer group rates?/How do I schedule a group tour?

        We do! Click HERE to see the different options for group tours/group events. We ask that you schedule group tours as far in advance as possible so we can organize volunteers/tour guides.

Can I get my senior pictures/wedding pictures/group pictures taken at Trails & Rails Museum?

         Absolutely! Email or call 308-234-3041 to schedule a time. Please read our photo policy before scheduling.

Do you rent out Trails & Rails Museum for special events?

         We do! Email or call 308-234-3041 to schedule. See our rental policy before scheduling.

How can I participate in your special events?

          Contact and the staff will get you in contact with the correct chair person for the special event you are wanting to help with!

Do you need volunteers?

         YES! Please fill out our Volunteer Application and email it to

Do you have genealogy information?

          Yes and a great team of volunteer archivists willing to help! Our archive is open Monday 1-4 for visitors or you can email queries to You can also call 308-234-3041 to make an apointment.

Can you help me with estate planning?

        Unfortunately, not at this time.

What is Give Where You Live?/Do you participate in Give Where You Live?

        Give Where You Live is a 24-hour fundraising event hosted by the Kearney Area Community Foundation.  This is a great way to support and learn about the many area not-for-profits.  Yes, Trails & Rails participates in Give Where You Live!

How do I save my grandma's quilt? (And other artifact preservation questions.)

        Contact for more information.

Do you have information about___?

         Possibly. Please call us at 308-234-3041 or email us at or our archives at

I know you have a gift shop. Can I bring in my items to sell/commission?

        At this time, no. In the future, we do hope to offer this program to locals of Buffalo County.

What do you sell in your gift shop?

         Our gift shop carries a diverse assortment of train and pioneer-themed items, quilts, games, toys, and items made at the museum in the J.C. Marlatt Blacksmith Shop. We also have numerous adult and children's books about local and state history, trains, and westward expansion. NEW this summer are Corn Husk Doll Kits! Click HERE to see some of our selection.


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