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Arts & Museums
The University of Nebraska State Museum contains priceless exhibits from the state of Nebraska that are several centuries old. Whether you want to explore how evolution unfolded, or learn more about wildlife, flora and fauna, or view some authentic Native American artifacts, this is the place to come to. This museum boasts an exceptional educational program which tries to foster a curiosity in children and adults who can participate in the nature walks, workshops and discussions.
Located on the University of Nebraska campus, the elegantly beautiful building that houses this world-class Modern American Art museum is constructed of Italian travertine marble and is worth seeing in its own right. The interior of the 1963 building features a naturally lit, spacious and sparsely decorated central hall surrounded by the three wings where the art is displayed. The museum's permanent collection includes representative works by important American artists such as Hopper, O'Keefe, Rothko and Warhol, among others. Two galleries of temporary exhibits are changed monthly. The campus-wide sculpture garden also features important works by America's most prominent sculptors. Admission to the museum is free and there is a small gift shop selling cards, books and posters.
Works by prestigious artists like Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol and others adorn the Sheldon Museum of Art and are permanent exhibits here. In addition the museum is also an address to the Sculpture Garden which is part of their permanent collection of more than 10,000 objects.
Located right outside the Haymarket in the Mission Arts Building along with a number of artist studios, this small gallery is reached by crossing a hidden, verdant courtyard that in itself makes the trip worthwhile. Paintings, sculptures and other works of art by the 30 or so artists who collectively operate the gallery are shown as well as works by visiting artists. While exhibits rarely follow a central theme, works shown here are usually contemporary with a whimsical bent. Exhibitions usually change on a monthly basis.
This downtown children's museum is a kid's dream come true. Most of the exhibits are built to allow children to play at doing the sort of things that adults do every day. Kids can pretend to shop at the grocery store, go to the bank or be a radio DJ. In addition to these every day activities, there is a lunar lander exhibit and various interactive high-tech areas. If your children are 12 or older, you can drop them off and do some downtown shopping. Kids younger than 12 must be supervised. Admission to the museum is $3 per person.
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum has a collection of over 900 quilts. These include quilts not only from the state, the country but also from various other nations of the world. A visit here is a must to find out more about this woven cloth that has been keeping man warm for centuries.
National Museum of Roller Skating enlightens visitors on the history of this sport and the accessory, roller skates. This museum boasts of one of the largest collections in the world related to roller skating. Apart from roller skates, the exhibits on display include periodicals, articles, books and other writing on roller skating, photographs, trophies, costumes, videos and other memorabilia related to the sport. The oldest skate exhibited here dates back to 1819. Enjoy your tour around the National Museum of Roller Skating, wheeling through various exhibits.
More than 30 aircrafts are on display in this 300,000 square foot facility, including the SR-71 "Blackbird" and the B-36 "Peacemaker." This historic collection is a celebration of aviation and the men and women who served at Nebraska's Strategic Air Command. The museum features tours, films, audio/visual programs, interactive exhibits, flight simulators, snack bar, gift shop and an Aircraft Restoration Gallery. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits and special events.
This National Historic Landmark tells a story dating back to 1917. What started as a small home for troubled and abandoned boys has grown into a campus complete with a Hall of History, All-American Rose and Biblical Gardens, the Leon Myers Stamp Center and more. Visitors can even enjoy a bit of Hollywood, as Spencer Tracy's Oscar for his portrayal of Father Flanagan in the movie "Boys Town" is on display. Boys Town is open year-round. Free guided tours are available but donations are welcome.
Henry & Dorothy Riekes Museum is the first permanent Jewish museum in the state of Nebraska. The museum, which is maintained by the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, is a representation of the Kapulier (or B'nai Jacob - Adas Yeshuron) synagogue. Of note is the exhibit regarding Sharre Zion, or the Riekes Shul, which was a congregation that met in the Riekes home.
Located at the College of Saint Mary, the Hillmer Art Gallery is at Walsh Hall on the ground floor. The gallery is open to all and there is no admission charge. Hillmer holds a number of exhibitions such as the CSM Student Art Exhibition, the UNO Print Collection Exhibition, Bryce Speed Art Exhibition, Jess Benjamin Art Exhibition and more, which are absolutely indulgent evenings of art and music. Do contact the gallery for details and timings.
The night sky comes to life at this impressive planetarium. Join the audience in the theater for an educational trip through the heavens; visit the rooftop observatory for a view of the planets; or kick back and enjoy a laser show set to rock music. The planetarium also hosts traditional, live star talks. A store features a multitude of science-oriented materials. Tickets are sold in the lobby 30 minutes before show time.