Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA)

The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) celebrates the history of Nebraska's visual arts for diverse audiences by collecting, preserving, researching, exhibiting and interpreting the work of artists who were born, lived, or worked in Nebraska or who created artworks that reflect the culture of Nebraska.

As the home of Nebraska's official state art collection, MONA endeavors to be the cultural center for Nebraska art and artists through quality exhibitions and programs.

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Address: 2401 Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 308-865-8167 ext. na
Fax: 308-865-8104
In 1976, the Nebraska Art Collection Board of Directors began with fewer than 30 pieces of art and a dream to create a collection and a showplace with which to celebrate Nebraska's unique artistic heritage. A locally initiated effort to provide a home for the now designated official collection of the state culminated in 1986 with the purchase and renovation of the building that had served as the Kearney Post Office since 1911. The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) was dedicated and opened to the public in October, 1986.

Since that time, MONA has grown into an important regional center for cultural activity revolving around the extensive and varied permanent collection, which now comprises over 6,000 artworks.


► Last year, over 40,000 people saw original artworks from MONA's collection by visiting exhibitions at the Museum or our ARTreach venues across the state and beyond.

► In the previous 12 months, 3,345 students engaged in educational activities at MONA, fostering wonder through the Family Arts Festival, school tours, and a variety of art-creating experiences.

►Over 250 volunteers organized events, guided visitors on tours, helped at the Weaver Museum Shop, and gave presentations at retirement homes to bring art alive in the community.

► Since last October, 115 artworks representing over 180 years of Nebraska history were accepted for MONA's collection, showcasing the work of 19th, 20th, and 21st century Nebraska artists.


► 57.3% of MONA's annual operating budget comes from donor contributions!

Please consider making a BIG IMPACT with a donation to MONA during Kearney's Give Where You Live campaign.