The main building in the Stuhr Museum complex was designed by Edward Durrell Stone (the same man who designed the Kennedy Center in DC). So, not surprisingly it seems to reflect the vastness of the West and evokes the stark uncertainty of what it must have been like to travel across the plains when prairie grass stretched as far as the eye could see.
While the building itself is an architectural gem, the museum exhibit methods have not been updated since the 1970s. This is not an interactive experience, it is a walk through glass display cases and roped off vignettes.
However, I found the site charming on a Fall morning due to the beautiful arboretum, railroad town, farm, earth lodge and rural church. Adults and children will enjoy walking the streets of a wildwest town, watching a train go by near the depot, visiting the one-room school house and peeking inside the earth lodge & sod house. So, if you stop at Stuhr, do NOT judge the complex by the tired exhibits in the main building. Take the time to wander through the grounds, watch the geese swim in the moat and if you are lucky you might see one of the famed sandhill cranes who also visit the area on their semiannual pilgrimages to and from "the north".
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