History

The River Country Nature Center was established by local taxidermist Joe Voges to house and display his vast collection of wildlife specimens. In 1975, the city of Nebraska City provided free space on the second floor of the Nebraska City Fire Hall at 110 N 6th Street, mere yards from its currently location. The Center greeted visitors at that location for almost 30 years.

In 2001, the Center's Board of Directors began seeking out a new location that would better serve its guests. The Brawner Building, former home of Brawner Furniture Company, was purchased in 2002 and renovation began shortly thereafter. The massive renovation project was completed in 2005 after thousands of hours of volunteer labor. 

The Center's collection was moved to its new location in 2005. Interactive exhibits, a reference library, and a natural sciences classroom were added as part of the renovation. Since its grand re-opening, thousands of visitors have enjoyed the unique experience the Center has to offer. We hope you too will visit the River Country Nature Center and encounter the natural world.