Sweetwater brooms & engraving

With a heart for keeping this living history alive you won’t be disappointed by adding this to your trips agenda. Stop by their shop on Main Street in Brownville, Nebraska or visit their store online. At www.sweetwaterbrooms.com

River View Glass

Demonstrations given during studio hours, showing how art glass marbles are made, to the creation of holiday ornaments and glass heart pendants

Waiting for performance @ Brownville Village Theatre

Waiting for next performance @ Brownville Village Theatre

Group Tour


Welcome to Brownville – Nebraska’s Oldest Community, established in 1854. This quaint Village is located on the banks of the Missouri river. Within an hour drive of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area, ninety-minutes from the Kansas City Metro and 75-minutes from Lincoln. Brownville provides an environment to take time to unwind, where one can “Disconnect to Reconnect” from today’s rushed and hurried lifestyles.

 Start now to plan your group Tour

The Brownville Cultural Center has created sample group tour itinerary to assist you in planning your trip to Brownville. Group packages can be uniquely designed for all groups, reunions, and family get-together. A group is considered parties of 12 or more. Group tours can be tailored to meet your needs and interest and designed to fit into schedules of all sizes. The Brownville Cultural Center is more than happy to assist in your planning and scheduling needs. To connect with a tour planner, send an email to info@brownvilleculturalcenter.com

Experience new and different tours offered in Brownville. Tour options include an assisted or self guided historic village walking tour, wine tasting, trail(s) exploration, a group-based scavenger hunt, art gallery tours with demonstrations and group trolley ride of the community. Behind the scenes tours of the oldest repertory theatre in Nebraska, more than seven historic museums, bookstores, dining, and small unique boutiques.

The Brownville Cultural Center can provide, upon request, the following options to assist in making your visit to Brownville a pleasant and memorable one;


  • Assistance in selecting accommodation and attractions for your tour.
  • Personal tour guide available with notice.
  • Sample itineraries; customized, themed, and targeting special interest
  • Personal welcome upon arrival, welcome packets for passengers/group tour members.

If you have only an afternoon to spend in this charming village along the banks and bluffs of the Missouri might we suggest the following options for consideration;

Visit one of the seven museums located within the museum starting with the Carson House. Enjoy a leisurely strong along the Governor Furnas Trail or Steamboat Trace Trail to reconnect with nature, or the Carson or Bailey house to dive into Brownville’s history. Then rest and refuel at one of two eating establishments, The Bluebird, or the Lyceum, each offering unique menus (groups packaging available with notice). Enjoy visiting local and nationally acclaimed artist at galleries located on Main Street or take in a matinee show at Nebraska’s oldest repertory theater, evening dinner cruises on the Spirit of Brownville begin at 5:30pm.


Day Trip:

Morning or afternoon Leisure Learning classes/lectures (check schedule and availability), nature stroll and Village scavenger hunt, historic walking or driving tour of the village, visit the Governor Furnas house or Flatwater Folk Museum. Grab a bite to eat at either the Bluebird or the Lyceum or call ahead for catered and/or picnic pack options. Enjoy an afternoon visiting nationally acclaimed local artist in their studios with demonstrations, schedule a late afternoon river boat cruise and arrive back to shore in time for an evening of entertainment at either the Concert Hall, Village Theatre or Whiskey Creek Winery.


Weekend and Overnight stay:

Emerge yourself in Brownville and capture moments in nature while stepping back to explore history in Nebraska’s oldest community. Take a moment to review our half and full day trips to place together the full Brownville experience. 

Overnight lodging is available in Brownville at the River Inn Resort. 

Venture out within the region to gather a better idea of the impact of and history that Brownville and the region had on shaping Nebraska. Suggested neighboring communities to explore; Indian Cave State Park- Shubert, in Nebraska City – Arbor Lodge Mansion (home of J. Sterling Morton and Secretary of Agriculture for Governor Furnas, John Brown Cave, Kreigel Windmill Factory, Wildwood Period house, Arbor Day Farms and Kimmel Orchard. All these additional communities, which are only located a quick 20minute drive from Brownville, provide an additional unique experience to exploring Brownville and history of Nebraska.


For additional information

Links to all attractions, businesses and events located in Brownville are found on our website under the category “links”. Should you like a local representative of the Brownville Cultural Center to plan and coordinate your group tour, reunion, or special event for you please send an email to info@brownvilleculturalcenter.com

We look forward to seeing you in Brownville! Safe Travels!