Museum of Nebraska Art
while you are stopped, learn about Kearney Whitewater
Kearney, Nebraska; Buffalo County
The Nebraska Art Collection started in 1976 with fewer than 30 pieces of art and the founders had a dream to create a collection and a showplace to celebrate Nebraska’s artistic heritage. In 1979, Nebraska Legislature passed LB116 making the Nebraska Art Collection the official art collection of the state of Nebraska. The Nebraska Art Collection moved into the historic Kearney Post Office in 1986 and the Museum of Nebraska Art or MONA was established. The museum was expanded and completely remodeled in 1991-93 and reopened as the NEW Museum of Nebraska Art in October of 1993.
The Museum of Nebraska Art is set to reopen in 2024 with a new 23,000-square-foot expansion. It will be a beacon for creativity and provide a platform for artists to showcase their talent in a vibrant and engaging environment. With a mission to educate and inspire visitors, the museum will play a key role in enriching the cultural landscape of Nebraska.
While you are stopped, learn about: Kearney Whitewater Trail & Park
Kearney Water Trail is a 2.3-mile kayak trail going through Kearney with the whitewater park located at the trail end. The trail begins on the Kearney Canal in Yanney Park, joins Turkey Creek a half-mile downstream and winds its way along the southwestern edge of town before ending above Central Avenue. It is open from April to October when the power district is operating its hydroelectric plant below Kearney Reservoir, which draws water from the Platte River near Elm Creek. This free of charge outdoor activity has two whitewater features that were added in spring 2022 making it a one-of-a-kind amenity in Nebraska.
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