The Kearney Auto Collection


The Kearney Auto Collection is a gathering of 200 automobiles that is diverse and all-encompassing, and illustrates the evolution and art of the automobile and its role in our lives.

The catalyst for the museum was the donation of 130 automobiles from Bernie and Janice Taulborg in 2011. The Taulborg Collection represented more than four decades of acquiring and restoring vintage vehicles of wide ranging styles. The museum has since added several vehicles through generous donations from other owners, and it is these vehicles that create our permanent collection. In addition to the permanent collection, they typically display approximately 60 vehicles that are on loan to the museum from their generous owners. This group is regularly changing and evolving and will ensure a fresh display each time you visit the museum.

The museum has recreated a 1950’s gas station, with its vintage tools and more modern devices that show the progression of technical sophistication and how the technician has kept us on the road. You will also visit a Drive-In Theater display that incorporates the original vintage ticket booth from our local Kearney Drive-In. Other technological displays include various video screens showing historical footage and also recent events, our terrific ‘Car Hoods Project’ that uses large recreated car hoods as video screens for historical and entertaining footage.

The Automotive Collection includes several very rare and historic vehicles, including a one of its kind 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith Limo, two Locomobiles and three Pierce Arrows. Also on display are two rare Lincolns from the Full Classic era, a 1930 Convertible by LeBaron which is one of 80 produced, and a 1930 Dual Cowl Phaeton which is one of only 20 produced. These are accompanied by similarly rare automobiles from Packard and Cadillac, Buick and LaSalle.

The KEarney Auto Collection also has many rare marques, some that most have never seen before, like Moon, Gardner, Maxwell, Jewett, Gray and Metz. Among these you will find wonderful examples from Studebaker, Hudson, Mercury and Chrysler. The Collection also showcases exquisite over the top 1950’s style, from the huge tailfins on a 1959 Cadillac to the stylish overload of an exquisite 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser and 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk, and of course, the timeless Thunderbird.

The Muscle Car collection include several rare Mopar cars, a very rare supercharged Shelby Mustang GT 350, and early GTO. Sports cars are also on display from Ferarri, Porsche, DeLorean, Lancia, Bricklin, MG and Triumph. Our 1930 MG Boattail Roadster, with its wood framed, fabric covered body is a wonderful historic look at the origins of the sports car.

3600 US-30 B
Kearney, NE 68847

Cost: General Admission $10
Senior (60+) Admission $8
High School/College/Military $7
Grades K-8 $4
Groups of 15+ $6 per person
Children under 5 years Free
Plan: 1hr
Open: Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm

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