Kearney cultural attractions


Kearney has a rich assortment of organizations that bring art and culture to life for residents and visitors of all ages. Kearney Cultural Partners is a group of these organizations who have joined together to bring you news of cultural events happening in the Kearney area. 

We enjoy theater, music, art, movies, history, literature and opportunities to express our own creativity all year round!

logoPresenting 170 years of history in under an hour, The Archway starts in the 1840s at Fort Kearny where over 400,000 Americans and immigrants converged on the Mormon, Oregon and California trails before heading west to the frontier.


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Crane River Theater was created to serve the community of Kearney and surrounding areas as a professional theater production company providing a home for the presentation, education and promotion of the arts.

The historic home on UNK’s campus. The museum’s mission is to steward, share, and celebrate the Frank House and its cultural resources.


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The mission of the Kearney Area Arts Council is to expand the arts in the community, to increase diversity in the arts, to promote artists and their work and to develop activities that encourage the community to practice and appreciate the arts.



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The Kearney Area Children’s Museum’s mission is to provide fun, interactive, educational experiences which stimulate creative play and expression while supporting the connections within the family, community and the world around us.

Kearney Community Theatre’s purpose is to enrich and enlighten our community through theatrical entertainment and education.


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It is the mission of the Kearney Concert Association to provide and promote concerts of exceptional quality at affordable prices.

The Kearney Public Library exists to provide equal access to information and to promote the enjoyment of reading, culture, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.


For over a century, the Kearney Symphony Orchestra has been enchanting audiences in Central Nebraska with the magic of live orchestral music.  Combining the exceptional talents of UNK students, faculty, guest artists, and community musicians, KSO presents an inspired four-concert season every year.  



Kearney has an array of attractions including many historical museums and galleries, theaters, an extensive list of family activities, wineries and breweries and many different shopping facilities to meet all of your needs


Main Street Kearney LogoDowntown Kearney: The Bricks offers some of the finest shopping and educational experiences in the Midwest. The purpose of the Main Street program is to encourage economic revitalization through historic preservation.

Merryman Performing Arts LogoThe Merryman Performing Arts Center’s mission is to offer quality dance, music and theatre performances, educational events and workshops that will culturally reward audiences and participants.


MONA-LogoThe Museum of Nebraska Art celebrates Nebraska’s artistic culture and heritage by collecting and preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the art of Nebraska.


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Nebraska Firefighters Museum & Education Center works to educate individuals about fire prevention/safety, preserve Nebraska’s firefighting heritage and honor Nebraska’s firefighters!


With well over 50 student, faculty, and guest artist performances each year, the UNK Dept. of Music, Theatre, and Dance always has something dazzling to offer.   From spectacular musicals, comedies, dramas, and dance, to superb orchestras, choirs, and bands, there is truly something for everyone.  Revel in the magic of the performing arts at UNK.

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The Buffalo County Historical Society is the primary institution with responsibility to collect, preserve, research, and interpret artifacts, documents, and published materials relating to the history of Buffalo County.



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Old World, New Spin! Our goal is to bring audiences a better alternative to commercial Hollywood fare by celebrating the motion picture as art.


Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary focuses on conservation of the Platte River ecosystem and the birds that rely on it.

     Merryman Performing Arts Center
225 W. 22nd St.
Kearney, NE 68845

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
And by special appointment

Merryman Performing Arts Center

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