Petrified Wood Gallery Tours

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Delight in the otherworldly patterns and careful artisanship displayed in the exhibits of this gallery, which was founded by two art-loving brothers.

Experience the natural wonders and artistic talent of Western Nebraska at Ogallala’s Petrified Wood Gallery. Browse exhibits that showcase natural history in captivating ways, from cross sections of fossilized wood to miniature models and Native American artifacts.

This gallery was founded in the 1950s by two brothers, Howard and Harvey Kenfield, who shared a love for rock polishing and indigenous culture and art. Today, the gallery exhibits their ever-expanding collection of petrified wood and local art, which constitutes one of the region’s best cultural attractions.

Browse the main gallery and marvel at well-lit displays of petrified wood. The exhibit showcases crosscuts of huge fossilized trees and branches whittled down into strange shapes. Notice the geometric patterns and translucent coloring of the wood, which was created by vigorous carving and polishing.

Amongst these displays, exhibits of local artists feature around the gallery floor. Enjoy paintings of Western Nebraskan wildlife and landscapes adorning the walls. Of particular note is a showcase of miniature Wild West log cabins and carts. Marvel at their intricate designs, which were crafted using local wood.

Continue to the historic exhibits to learn about early Ogallala and Native American culture in the region. See photographs dating back to the 1800s, which show the very early days of the town. Browse exhibits of arrowheads and obsidian knives, which were used by Native Americans to hunt.

Travel even further back in time at the Agate Display, which features turtle shell fossils that date back thousands of years.

Feel free to ask friendly staff around the gallery for more information about the art displays and their creators. Pass through the museum gift shop and browse polished, petrified artworks for sale.

The Petrified Wood Gallery is located on 1st street in central Ogallala. It is open daily and free to enter, although donations are encouraged. After a visit, delve deeper into Native American culture at the Ash Hollow State Historical Park or admire the gorgeous architecture of Ogallala’s Mansion on the Hill.

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