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Things to Do in Nebraska

Explore Nebraska’s historic routes – Pony Express, Lewis & Clark, and the Mormon and Oregon trails. Discover things to do - fossil beds and the Niobrara River – canoe, kayak, fish, tube and waterfalls. At Lincoln, the capital, take in the Great Plains Art Museum and Historic Haymarket. Omaha is home to attractions – a zoo, General Crook House. Gerald R. Ford Birth Site, Hot Shops Art Center, gardens, Union Pacific trains and Boys and Girls Town, plus nearby Chimney Rock and the Strategic Air and Space Museum. Other historic sites include: Scott’s Bluff, Willa Cather, Neligh Mill, Senator George Norris, John Neihardt and forts Atkinson and Robinson. Stay in hotels, inns and B&Bs. Restaurants showcase Omaha’s famous steaks.
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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

724 South 12th Street
Omaha, Nebraska
402-341-7130
The airy, studio-like, atmosphere showcases ever-changing, always-impressive art exhibitions. Visitors can experience remarkable works by both seasoned artists and new talent in the three galleries.

Founded in 1981 by four artists, the successful artists-in-industry (unused industrial space) program later moved into the former Bemis Bag Warehouse. In the mid-1990s, with the need for more artists-in-residence space, the former McCord-Brady wholesale grocery warehouse was...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

Fort Robinson Museum

3200 US Highway 20
Crawford, Nebraska
308-665-2919
Located at Fort Robinson State Park, the museum is housed in the 1905 headquarters building and covers the time period from the 1870s, when it guarded the Red Cloud Agency, a precursor to an Indian reservation, and an active site during the Sioux Indian War and with Crazy Horse, to the time Buffalo soldiers were based here to a prison for Germans captured during World War II.

Other historic structures from the early 1900s remain including a blacksmith shop, guardhouse, officer’s quarters...
Hours & Admission
Late May to early September, Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. early September to late May, Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open summer holidays; closed major holidays.
Photo Courtesy: Nebraska State Historical Society

Illumina Public Art Project

455 North 10th Street
Omaha, Nebraska
The Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center’s 250,000-square foot facility is complimented by a $2 million public art project, “Illumina.” The display, consisting of more than 40 sculptures, was inspired by the 13th century Carnival of Venice and designed by Omaha artist Matthew Placzek. According to Placzek’s Web site, the project is “anchored by a magnificent, illuminated 35-foot stainless steel clock, Illumina features oversized bronze figures including a Mardi Gras celebrant, French mime, juggler, saxophonist, horn player and a 14-foot tall stilts walker....
Hours & Admission
Daily dawn to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Qwest Center Omaha

John G. Neihardt State Historic Site

West Elm Street and Washington Street
Bancroft, Nebraska
402-648-3388
Celebrate the life of Nebraska’s poet laureate and author, who lived in Bancroft from 1900 to 1920 and wrote in a one-room study and worked at the local newspaper.

In the Neihardt Center discover his various works and the endearing friendships he had with local Native Americans.
Hours & Admission
March to November, Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., December to February, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Neihardt State Historic Site

National Museum of Roller Skating

4730 South Street
Lincoln, Nebraska
402-483-7551
This unique museum presents the history of roller skating through displays of skates - speed, inline, recreation, hockey and derby competition, plus costumes, manufacturers, skaters, artwork and memorabilia. Discover how skating has changed over time.
Hours & Admission
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium Outdoor Education Center

21502 West State Highway 31
Gretna, Nebraska
402-332-3901
The Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium is home to fish, plus terrariums with turtles and frogs, all native to and common to Nebraska. Visitors will see bass, minnows, trout, gar, sunfish, walleye, perch, catfish, shiners, sturgeon and paddlefish, among others.

Also housed at the Schramm State Recreational Area is the Gretna Fish Hatchery Museum*.

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Hours & Admission
December to March, Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April to late May Wednesday to Monday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., late May to early September, Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., early September to November, Wednesday to Monday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum

631 D Street
Lincoln, Nebraska
402-474-3363
This museum collects, preserves and shares information tied to the history, culture, heritage and genealogy of German settlers, who are descendants from the Russian Empire. They maintain a library, a maps collection and translated genealogy materials. Translation services are available.
Hours & Admission
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

705 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, Nebraska
402-444-5900
Named after the former Nebraska senator, the bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge connecting two states - Omaha, Nebraska to the west and Council Bluffs, Iowa, to the east. Its S-shape is representative of the Missouri River that flows 60 feet below the center of the span. The cable stay bridge connects nearly 150 miles of trails on each side of the bridge.

In Omaha, the plaza at the base of the bridge features public art designed by Japanese artist Makoto Sei Watanabe - 16.5-feet...
Hours & Admission
24/7. Free.

Boys and Girls Town

North 137th Street and West Dodge Road
Omaha, Nebraska
402-498-1140
Founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan as a home for boys, it was made famous by the 1938 movie starring Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy. Today, the 900-acre village-like campus serves boys and girls by providing provide help, healing and hope to severely at-risk, abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Boys Town offers visitors a unique journey through their past in the Hall of History, the former dining hall. See Father Flanagan’s original home that serves as now a museum, the...
Hours & Admission
Visitor center: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hall of History: September to April, Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. May to August, Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Summer holiday hours. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Chimney Rock Road
Bayard, Nebraska
308-586-2581
Located on the California, Mormon and Oregon trails, this natural attraction served as a landmark to those pioneers heading westward.

A visitor center houses artifacts relative to westward expansion and also presents a video on the same topic.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
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