General Crook House Museum
The Crook House is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy the only metro area museum open on Monday.
The Museum is the authentically restored home of General George Crook. It was constructed in 1879 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
General Crook was a Civil War and National Indian Wars hero considered the "greatest Indian fighter in the history of the United States." Fierce in battle, General Crook over time became a defender of Native American rights. Though named as the defendant in the landmark 1879 trial of Standing Bear v. Crook, many believe that General Crook helped arrange the trial for Ponca Chief Standing Bear. Crook twice served as Commander of the Department of the Platte, from 1875 to 1882 and again from 1886 to 1888.
The house is an Italianate style, which represented the no-nonsense grandeur of the military frontier. The furnishings are from the 1880 Victorian period. From early November through the end of December, the museum celebrates Nineteenth Century Holidays. The Crook House Guild, with help from area designers and design students, transforms every room in the house into a captivating glimpse of Christmas past.
Collections at this living history museum include decorative arts, costumes, art & crafts and period furnishings. Classes and a reference collection on the history and appreciation of antiques are available.
Victorian Heirloom Garden
Adjoining the Museum is the Crook House Victorian Heirloom Garden, which overlooks the majestic parade ground and historic buildings of Historic Fort Omaha. Many of the more than 110 varieties of heirloom flowers, trees and shrubs are native to Nebraska. Some plants were originally carried here on wagon trains or were available by mail order catalog in the 1880s. Perennials surround four central carpet beds of annuals, patterned like an Oriental rug to create an outside parlor where many hours would have been spent to capture the cool breezes. Our thanks to Addie Kinghorn and Metro Community College's Horticulture students for designing and maintaining the gardens.
The General Crook House Museum hosts teas for a minimum of 12 guests and a maximum of 16 guests. Guests may choose from a proper afternoon tea, a dessert tea or a cream tea. Click on the bar below for descriptions of each. Teas must be booked at least two weeks in advance and number of guests confirmed four days prior to the event. Call 455-9990 for reservations and pricing information.
Museum Gift Shop
Stop on the second floor and visit the Crook House Museum Book Store, where you will find one of the largest selections of books by and about Nebraskans anywhere in the area. The Museum shop also offers a unique collection of videos, guides and memorabilia about local history, pioneer life, Indian military history and more.