photos by Curt Arens
BEGIN YOUR TOUR HERE: Named the “Outstanding Tourism Attraction” by the Nebraska Tourism Commission in 2016, the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer is named for local farmer and politician Leo Stuhr, who donated the land, money and many artifacts as the foundation for the museum near Grand Island that bears his name. The impressive Stuhr Building, a centerpiece on an island amid a circular lake, serves as the visitor center, art gallery, exhibit hall, family activity center and gift shop for the entire museum complex. The building, which just underwent a $7 million renovation, was designed by renowned architect Edward Durell, who also designed the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Just across the parking lot from the Stuhr Building is the Fonner Rotunda, which is shaped like a wagon wheel and filled with authentic Native American, cowboy and Old West memorabilia and artifacts.