Pioneer Village Minden
Where are we going today?
America has had an amazing history - and he grown to one of the best country's in the world! Pioneer Village is the largest private collection of Americana anywhere to be found (it has over 50,000 historic items!), so it's a great way for kids to learn all about the history of America's growth!
There are 28 buildings that make up the very fascinating Pioneer Village which is set on 20 acres. Each of these tell a different story about the growth of the country.
It's a fun and interactive place for kids too! There's a fun Frontier Fort, as well as a real Pony Express Station. There's even an Iron Horse (if you don't know what that is, best visit to find out!)
With a general store, a toy store, and original art on display, there certainly is a lot to fill your family day out with! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a log cabin that was built all the way back in 1869? At Pioneer Village you can!
Carousels were a great way for the families to have some family fun, and at Pioneer Village they have one that you can get up close to and admire! That was their family day out! The village also has 17 amazing historic flying machines, and even 100 antique tractors.
Love cars? You will want to see the world's oldest Buick then! There is also a 1902 Cadillac, as well as a 1903 Ford. They were actually both designed by Henry Ford...and we know you've heard that name before so you can see how important they are to history! With over 350 other antique cars, displayed in the order that they were developed, whether you're into history or cars, there is something for you!
How do you think it would be to live day to day in America's past? Well, Pioneer Village also has SEVEN generations of living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms all on display, so you can see how your lives are different from the people who would have been around that this time.
Great for the kids imagination, and a fascinatingly historic experience for adults.
History is alive once more!
How much does it cost?
- Children$7.25 (ages 6 - 12)
- Free Under: 5 years of age
When can we go?
9am - 4:30pm in winter. 9am - 6pm Summer.
All year round, except Christmas Day.
Get the kids learning about history surrounded by it! Give them a call for special school rates. They would be happy to help! .
There is a Pioneer Village restaurant adjacent to the museum that you can enjoy a lunch before or after your visit! .
Any Top Tips?
They are adjacent to a campground and motel if you wanted to extend your family day out in the area! .
Doing our bit
The museum are privately financed, and a self-supporting educational foundation. They love what they do and want to make sure they can share it with families for years to come! So any donations welcome .
Need a little extra help?
If you do need wheelchair access, give them a call to see what is possible for you. .
Pets aren't allowed in the museum. .
What people are saying?
by mike g
Had a family reunion/ann. there.
The main hall had lots of room and the village gave us something to do after the main lunch.
Lots of interesting stuff to check out.
Explore the very complete old town display of 1000s of items, and daily life back then.
by Anita Berglund
We haven't been here as visitors but to attend an outdoor wedding that meant guest had access to the main museum building. The collection is extensive and quite interesting from photos to clothing and devices! There are ramps to access the buildings, making it fully accessible.
The Founders Museum is a place worth visiting, especially for those of us who have lived in the area for most of our lives!
by Yogi Bear
Who is going to visit the place Monday-Thursday between 8.00 and 16.00?