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Ogallala, Nebraska: Petrified Wood Art

For 50 years the Kenfield twins made sculptures and pictures out of petrified wood. Now they're on display in a gallery in a Wild West-themed shopping plaza. The brothers died in 2023, age 95.

Kenfield Petrified Wood Gallery

418 E. First St., Ogallala, NE
I-80 exit 126. North on US Hwy 26 for less than a mile, over the railroad tracks, then turn right onto 1st St./US Hwy 30. Drive three blocks.
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Kenfield Petrified Wood Gallery

This is a must stop if you love seeing the amazing creativity of others. I took my husband here as I thought he'd enjoy the wood sculptures (He is into woodworking). He was hesitant but was willing to at least stop. This gallery was beyond our expectations. It has more than wood carvings, as the artist twins also collected Indian artifacts and rocks, some of which were made into beautiful butterflies. We had hoped to meet the twins but, sadly, they passed this year at 95 within six weeks of each other.

[Cyd, 10/16/2023]

Petrified wood art.

Petrified Wood Art

Wonderful collection of petrified wood and the art of the now 91 year old Kenfield twins. My favorites were the music boxes. Would definitely make time for this stop.

[LAHS, 07/05/2019]
Kenfield Petrified Wood Art Gallery

The gallery is well laid out, and we were welcomed right away by one of the artist-twins' friends, who works as a volunteer. We spent over an hour touring the space and really getting the stories behind the gallery, its founders, and the art. Petrified wood is really neat. These guys make it a treasure.

[Elissa, 11/24/2016]
Petrified Wood Art

This was a great place to explore. A unique blend of history and art. Even my kids -- 7 and 10 years old -- enjoyed it. We were greeted by Harvey Kenfield himself. He showed us petrified pine cones and a rock that bends. This was kept behind the counter so be sure to ask about it.

This spot also boasts clean bathrooms and a nice gift shop.

[Ellen Vander Linden, 03/20/2015]

Petrified wood art.

Petrified Wood Art Gallery

The Petrified Wood Exhibit is now called Petrified Wood Gallery, in a new location and their own building at 418 E. First Street, Ogallala.

To be honest, my expectations were low. My wife was excited about it. Obviously, she knew something I didn't.

We walked through the door and every preconceived notion I had vanished. We were greeted by a very nice, soft spoken, elderly gentleman who gave us a quick rundown on the place. There was a gift shop, the displays of the various types of ancient woods and fossils, and the gallery featuring local artists. The layout of the place was incredibly well done. Very professional. All displays were well thought out and very nicely arranged. The artwork was wonderful.

As it turns out, the elderly gentleman who greeted us at the door was Harvey Kenfield, one of the twin brothers who started the collection. There was no admission, but there is a good will donation box.

I went in not expecting much and came out totally blown away. If you are near Ogallala, Nebraska, the Petrified Wood Gallery is a must see.

[Marty Kopp, 09/09/2011]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Front Street MuseumFront Street Museum, Ogallala, NE - < 1 mi.
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