October 29, 2022 | Last updated May 1, 2023

Chimney Rock Museum Reopening August 1st

The story of Chimney Rock is ready to be told once again! Our Chimney Rock Museum will open its doors this Saturday, August 1st.

The story of the most mentioned landmark on Oregon Trail is ready to be told once again as History Nebraska announces that Chimney Rock Museum will open their doors Saturday, August 1st. The museum has been closed for remodeling and renovation work since late 2019.

Visitors to the museum will see many new amenities and features, including new exhibits, a newly expanded education room for school programs, new theater space, improved gift shop, and the addition of new space to act as a storm shelter. Trevor Jones, History Nebraska director and CEO, says he is excited for visitors to see the new museum. “Pioneer history cannot be told without including the westward trails, Chimney Rock, and the Nebraska landscape. We are excited for our visitors to experience the new exhibits and learn more about Nebraska’s iconic landmark.”

Last updated in 1994, the Chimney Rock Museum will include unique opportunities for visitors to learn about the site’s history. “One of the new additions to our exhibit space is a soundscape where our guests will hear quotes journaled by Oregon Trail travelers as they made their way towards Chimney Rock. It brings the history of these people to life,” says Jessica Strube, History Nebraska exhibits coordinator. “We are also excited about the new interactive displays and photo viewers where guests can see historical images in 3D.”

Following this weekend, Chimney Rock Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a grand opening event will be tentatively scheduled in 2021. Click here for more information.

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