Ponca Tribal Museum


Hours and Location

Niobrara Community Building

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ponca Tribal Museum and Library
88915 521 Avenue
Niobrara NE 68760


The Ponca Museum and Library houses artifacts, historical archives, a Tribal Library, and a Community Learning Center, and Culture Department offices.


HeaddressIn 1999, the Ponca Tribe repatriated several items from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

Now on display are two headdresses, tools, beadwork, jewelery, musical instruments, and various carvings.

The centerpiece of the collection is a Ponca wagon that was used for hauling supplies in the 1800s.


The Museum houses both contemporary and archival photographs. Tribal members and their families have donated numerous pictures.

Tribal Library

More than 200 titles are available for the community to checkout from the Tribal Library. The main topic is Native American Literature, but materials related to the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, Nebraska Outdoors, Midwest religion, and other reference and study materials are also available. Some books and tapes are also for sale.

Community Learning Center

By appointment, community members can work with the staff on historical projects, homework, or contests. In 1998, two Lincoln students used the Center to win first place in the Nebraska History Days Contest.