Washington County Museum

Serving Washington County for 75 Years!

Visit the oldest county museum in the state of Nebraska. The Washington County Museum has been operating since the 1920’s, first in the home of “Grandad” Woods, then in the old Fort Calhoun State Bank that went bankrupt during the depression. See this bank and museum in the heart of historic Fort Calhoun, just a short drive on Highway 75 north of Omaha.

Our history starts with Lewis & Clark, who stopped here for their first council with the Otoe & Missouria native tribes. William Clark wrote home that this “council on the bluff” would be an ideal spot for a military installation, and 15 years later, Fort Atkinson was established as the largest fort of its day, home to the 6th Infantry. See artifacts from the digs at Fort Atkinson, then jump across the street to tour the rebuilt fort and 1820’s military life.

See the history of this county that welcomed famous mountain men, Mormon Pioneers, and early homesteaders to Nebraska. The museum tells the story through Native American artifacts, military relics, and stories of the early pioneers. Our library contains thousands of genealogical records, old newspapers and court records relating to Washington County.

While you are here, visit the 1905 Frahm House, located one block west, and see the story of the Frahm Family, early Fort Calhoun pioneers. This lovely Victorian Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is available for tours, group functions and afternoon teas by appointment.

Whether you are a Nebraska native wanting to see something new, or an out-of-state traveler looking for historic stops, call us today and we can help make your visit a step back in time.