The Museum is open for the season

9:00 - 5:00, 7 days a week.

 If you're unable to visit us during those hours, the station exterior is

always accessible for exploration & photo opportunities 24-7, 365

 check the "Hours or Visit" tabs for more information

 

When you're here, listen to our FM audio tour!

Hear the full 5 minute story
when you're here at the station, 
anytime - all the time!
Press button for sample

To all of our friends & visitors:

We fully support all national, state and local efforts to contain the spread of the

COVID-19 virus.

The museum is currently open to the general public. Museum hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 7 days a week. Hours may be increased as the season progresses.

 

Our museum is small so we are asking for your patience as we limit how many visitors will be allowed inside the museum at one time. Social distancing, use of hand sanitizer and use of a face mask is requested. Our goal is to keep you, your family, our staff, other guests and the community safe. 

Don't forget that the Pony Express FM-audio tour is also available on-site to enjoy from the comfort of your own vehicle.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy your visit with us and look forward to the opportunity of seeing you again. 

 

. WANTED .

Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen.

Must be expert riders willing to risk death daily.

Orphans preferred. 

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About Our Station & Museum

Gothenburg is home to two original Pony Express stations. The Sam Machette station (museum) is located in the beautiful Ehmen city park/arboretum. The original log building was disassembled,  moved and reassembled in its current location in 1931 after it was donated to the city of Gothenburg by Mrs. C.A. Williams. After a couple of local teenagers noticed tourists stopping to peer into it's windows, they approached the city council with a request to open a gift shop inside the station. They were granted approval and the Gothenburg Pony Express station was officially opened to the public in the mid 1950's. The station/museum has continued on as a nationally known tourist attraction that's been open every summer since that time.  

Throughout the years, the station has remained the property of the City of Gothenburg but management of the museum has switched hands several times. Most recently, a non-profit by the name of Gothenburg Pony Express Association was formed when the previous managers stepped away and there were worries that the station may close. Thanks to some hard work and quick thinking, the Pony Express Station museum is still open and is better than ever. Between 30,000 to 40,000 people visit the station every year and continue Gothenburg's legacy as the "Pony Express Capital of Nebraska". 

The second station in Gothenburg is still located on the original Oregon/Pony Express trail just south of town on private property. The Midway Station is owned and meticulously cared for by the Gill family of Gothenburg. Even though this station is not open to the general public, special interest groups and tour buses have been allowed out to view the property. If you would like more information on setting up a tour, please contact us.

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