We’re easy to find, and we’re open year-round.
At Legacy of the Plains, interesting activities stretch all the way to the prairie horizon—and beyond.
Legacy of the Plains Museum is Nebraska’s newest museum that celebrates the lives and tells the stories of High Plains agriculture, communities and people.
Start off your visit in our first exhibit, “Voices on the Prairie Wind”, which provides a unique introduction to the stories our museum tells. From there, head out of the room into the Main Exhibit Hall where you can visit seven different zones filled with state-of-the-art interactive displays and explore the stories of the people of the High Plains. You are also welcome to browse the large artifacts in our Annex building, discover the machinery that made a blacksmith shop, take a guided tour to the Wiedeman Farmstead Home, and stroll the museum grounds to get an up-close look at our vintage farm equipment.
If you’re here during one of our special events you can see a blacksmith demonstration, horses pulling harvest equipment, or a living history actor speaking from the past.
The Legacy of the Plains Museum campus is undergoing rapid development. Soon you will be able to:
• Walk through a furnished sod house and an early log house.
• Walk a path along the Oregon Trail from the museum to the Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center. From there, you can hike to the top of the bluffs for a spectacular view of the museum campus and surrounding countryside.
Winter (Jan. 1 through Apr. 8): Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or by appointment.
Summer (Apr. 9 through Dec. 30): Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
Adults (19+) : $10
Youth (6 – 18) : $5
College Students (with ID) : $5
Children (0 – 5) : Free with paying adult
Group Rate : $8 each for 10 or more adults
Legacy of the Plains Museum offers a full range of conveniences for travelers and families, including:
• Free parking
• Full-service restrooms
• Drinking fountains
• Gift shop
• Picnic tables
• County tourism office in the museum with a full assortment of tourism literature
Legacy of the Plains Museum is an easy three-hour drive from Denver and a short detour from Interstate 80. We’re located next to Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering, Nebraska, just south of the City of Scottsbluff.
From Denver (208 miles): Take I-25 north to Cheyenne, I-80 east to Kimball, and NE 71 north to Gering.
From I-80 westbound (120 miles): Take exit 126 at Ogallala, then follow U.S. 26 west to Nebraska 92 along the Western Trails Scenic & Historic Byway.
From Rapid City / I-90 (197 miles): Take U.S. 385 south to Chadron, U.S. 20 west to NE 71 south to Gering.