Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. It is home to the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Kearney is the principal city of the Kearney, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of Buffalo and Kearney counties.
One of Kearney's greatest strengths is its rich heritage, which has been preserved in museums, many of which reflect itslocation of being on the Mormon, Oregon, California Trails and the Pony Express. Kearney is home to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, which spans Interstate 80 at mile marker 274. The structure is two-stories of fascinating interactive exhibitory that traces the history of the Great Platte River Road from Oregon Trail days to the fiber optic future World of tomorrow. On December 8, 2000, while on a visit to Kearney, President Bill Clinton toured the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. Jack Nicholson was also filmed in a scene at the Archway for the movie About Schmidt.
Kearney is home to the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), the state's official art collection, which houses a 175 years of art from the 19th century to the contemporary scene. Also the George W. Frank House, a 1890's historic mansion located at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Located in the town's Central Elementary School is the Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center, a 750-seat theatre completed in 2006.
Kearney is home to the 5,500 seat Viaero Event Center, which hosts numerous concerts, events and performances all year round and is home to the Tri-City Storm, a USHL Hockey Team. Two microbreweries, Thunderhead Brewing and the Platte Valley Brewery, are located in downtown Kearney.