COVID-19 Information for the Kearney Area

March 17, 2020

The Kearney Visitors Bureau has been following the rapidly evolving news about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we understand that our community and travelers may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. Below we have compiled lists of openings and closings  and links to more information to try to help during this ever-changing time.


Kearney Archway – Opening June 1st
Classic Car Collection – Open Friday-Sunday Noon-5:00pm
Fort Kearny State Historical Park & Rec Area – Park open for day use & Camping reservations only
Fort Kearny State Park Visitor Center –  Opening July 1st
Fort Kearney Museum – Opening in July
G.W. Frank Museum of History and CultureCLOSED
Kearney Area Children’s Museum – Open for Camps & Museum Rentals Only
Kearney Public Library – Opening for Curbside Pickup June 4th. Re-opening June 15
Kearney Visitors Bureau – Open Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Kearney Water Trail – Now Open (rentals available through Kearney Paddle Sports)
Museum of Nebraska Art – CLOSED
Nebraska Firefighters Museum & Education Center – Opening June 1st
Rowe Sanctuary – Trails are Open – Visitors Center is Closed
Trails and Rails Museum (BuffaloCounty HistoricalSociety) – Tentatively Opening June 15th
Nebraska Wildlife Encounter-Zoozeum – CLOSED
Kearney Cinema 8  – CLOSED
Parks & Splash Pads – Now Open
Pools, Cottonmill Swimming Lake, & Marina – Will remain closed for further notice
Cottonmill Nature Barn – Opening June 13
Peterson Senior Activity Center – CLOSED
The Big Apple – Opening June 17 (Sports Bar, Grill, Bowling)
Hilltop Mall – Open
The World Theater – Closed – Offering concessions Friday & Saturday evenings – World Theater Under the Stars coming soon to Buffalo County Fairgrounds

COVID-19 Resources

We would like to provide the resources below to our Kearney Hospitality Partners. There are several grant and loan options for small businesses. If you have questions regarding these please contact the resources listed below. We will do our best to keep an updated list but please understand things are changing frequently.

Business Assistance under the CARES Act

The CARES Act includes several sections to assist businesses and nonprofits suffering economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small Business Administration:

U.S. Travel Association:

Additional Information for Hotels and Restaurants:


We are recommending business owners that have questions to call

  • Odee Ingersoll
    Nebraska Business Development Center
    Ph: 308-865-8344
  • Leon Milobar
    Nebraska District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
    Ph: 402-221-4691

Important Links/Resources

Restaurant Listings

Visit the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce’s website here for store hours and pickup/delivery options, business operation updates, ways you can help and other resources.

COVID Resource provided by Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.