Legacy of the Plains Museum

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb.- When visiting Scotts Bluff National Monument, work in a visit to the Legacy of the Plains Museum, too.

We recently visited the Scottsbluff-Gering area, and we discovered the the Legacy of the Plains Museum is an interactive one. "A lot of people when they think of going through museums, they think I'm going to have to read all these things," Curator Olivia Garl said. "Here we try to make it a fun and interactive experience."

Garl grew up in the Mitchell area, and is now serving as the curator of the museum. "This museum is the story about settlement of the North Platte Valley," Garl said. "We are a merger of two former museums, the Farm and Ranch museum which was on this location, and the North Platte Valley Museum which was just a bit further down the road. Those two museums merged together to form the Legacy of the Plains," Garl said. That means there are aspects of history from both museums, including agriculture, how people farmed, how businesses settled, and the how the pioneers followed the westward trails.

Some of the must-see exhibits at the Legacy of the Plains includes the clothing closet where you can see various pieces of clothing from different time periods. It's an example of an interactive exhibit. There are a number of places where you can view films on topics important to the area, and there is a quilt maze that is fun for people to see.

The Legacy of the Plains is open from 9 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. That lasts from April to November. And in the winter, we are open 9 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.