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Pioneer Village Motel and Campground

138 E US Highway 6, Minden, Nebraska 68959 USA

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Opens Fri 9a
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
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  • Wifi
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“Largest Private Collection of Americana anywhere”

The Pioneer Village complex comprises 28 buildings on 20 acres housing over 50,000 irreplaceable items of historical value, restored to operating order, arranged in groups and also in the chronological order of their development.  There are 12 historic buildings around the circular "green". There's a Frontier Fort, a real honest-to-goodness Pony Express Station, an Iron Horse, and a home made of sod. There's a general store and a toy store, chock full of all the goods from yesteryear. An original art collection including 25 Currier and Ives prints, 23 Jackson paintings, and the largest single collection of Rogers statues.  You can see a priceless steam carousel, 17 historic flying machines and marvel at 100 antique tractors. See the world's oldest Buick, a 1902 Cadillac and a 1903 Ford, both designed by Henry Ford, plus 350 other antique cars, all displayed in their order of development.  For a relaxing trip into yesteryear, come to Pioneer Village and experience: Pony Express Relay Station Original Elm Creek Stockade Historic Country Church Historic General Store Historic Sod House One Room School House Antique Toy Collection Blacksmith Shop

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Reviewed by
rwhitbeck

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
August 22, 2015

Do NOT miss! I rarely last more than 2 hours in any museum from San Francisco to London but I could have stayed several hours here. Informative, well displayed items, extremely well done.

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Reviewed by
jku0624

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 09, 2016
Rated 5.0

So worth it! I was a little concerned going into the dilapidated building in what looks like a strip mall but as soon as we entered I was pleasantly surprised. Tons of antiques from cars to planes to phones to actual buildings such as an old school house & pioneer fort home. Everything is well organized with signs and interesting info on the item. Kids and Adults will love! Our kids are ages 3,7 and 10 and I can't tell you how many times I heard the excited "Mom, look at this!!" We stayed busy for hours. Fantastic!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jlshaull

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 05, 2021
Rated 5.0

Glad we stopped. Just don’t plan on using the RV park.

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Reviewed by
NYWriterMom

  • 32 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 12, 2020

A massive collection of absolutely everything. We felt it was worth the trip off of I-80. You can come and go as needed. We ate lunch at a Nebraska chain nearby and returned to see more. The kids liked pretending to work at the train depot and playing school in the one-room schoolhouse.

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monicadouglasellis

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 26, 2019
Rated 5.0

This was really cool, really big and very well organized. It takes about 3 hours to tour. LOTS to see.

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Reviewed by
Matt Bransky

  • 3 Reviews
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June 24, 2018
Rated 5.0

Ok, this stop was supposed to be just for a stretch and we felt so fortunate to have stumbled across this piece of history. The buildings do need some upkeep, but the amazing collection amassed here far outweighs any needed maintenance. The word needs to get out to rejuvenate this place so the treasures here are not lost forever. My teenagers were amazed to see cars from the early 1900’s, buggies, carriages, planes, a home, school, church, and so on. Our only regret was that we didn’t know about this sooner to allow sufficient time to go through the 26 buildings. We spent 2 hours and practically ran through it. We want to go back so hopefully it will still be open!

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Pioneer Village Motel and Campground

138 E US Highway 6
Minden, Nebraska
68959 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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Year Round
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Year Round
  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
  • Rec Facilities
  • Pull Through
  • Dump Station
  • Big Rigs
  • Laundry
  • Pull Through RV Sites
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Water Hookup
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  • Lunch
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