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Fairbury City Museum

This museum has been located for many years on the west side of the downtown square in Fairbury. It is now in a larger building that allows the display of items in a much more pleasant atmosphere and has more space for new items. The museum's mission is to preserve, display and promote Fairbury as well as Jefferson County's history. Rotating exhibits are planned as well as stationary exhibits such as Fairbury businesses frozen in time.



  • Upon entering the museum the first room displays apparel from various periods of time

  • Campbell Brother's circus memorabilia

  • Dolls, musical instruments and a general store

  • Medical, dental, eye doctor and barber shop areas

  • Service memorabilia

  • Pictures, postcards and yearbooks

  • Household items, furniture, toys and a kitchen area

  • A new building resembling a barn for displaying farm items and an antique fire engine



Hours: Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m.
School and Group tours are welcome anytime.
Address: 1128 Elm Street (2 blocks south of Hwy 136 on Elm Street)

To schedule tours call Steve Siefford at (402) 729-6515 or Gene Siefford at (402) 729-5253

Come visit us in Fairbury, Nebraska

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Four Corner Survey Marker

The Kansas-Nebraska Act of May 30, 1854, created the territories of Nebraska and Kansas, which had to be surveyed before settlement of the prairies could proceed. On May 8, 1855, Charles A. Manners set a cast-iron monument on the bluff west of the Missouri river at 40-degrees north latitude. In 1855

Fairbury, NE Historical Markers

Historic Homes Tour

1112 C Street: American Foursquare home built in 1902 by B.G. Dawson.

1016 D Street: Gothic-Georgian Revival 1910 Showhouse built by architect W.F. Gernandt.

822 E Street: Italiante home built in the 1870s.

1007 E Street:

Fairbury, NE Tours

I.0.0.F. Temple Building

What is today known as the Ackerman Building was originally called the I.0.0.F. Temple Building. It was the first building downtown to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building housed the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 54 and was built in 1894-1

Fairbury, NE National Register

Bonham Theatre

Both the Bonham Theatre, and the First National Bank, located on the northwest corner of Fifth and E streets, were at one time owned by Luther Bonham.

Bonham Theatre'

Fairbury, NE Theatres

Historic Square

The Fairbury Commercial District, consisting of a 10-block downtown area of 97 contributing buildings, was officially entered in the National Register of Historic Places on June 20, 1997

Fairbury, NE National Register

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