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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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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

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.

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.

El Museo Latino

4701 South 25 Street
Omaha, Nebraska
402-731-1137
Located in the former Livestock Exchange building, this is the first Latino art and history museum and cultural center in the Midwest. It features permanent and traveling exhibitions, plus cultural activities such as traditional folkloric dance performances. Authentic restaurants and shops surround the museum.
Hours & Admission
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission.

Freedom Park Marina

2497 Freedom Park Road
Omaha, Nebraska
402-444-5900
Operated by the city of Omaha, the park is the home of the U.S. Naval Museum on the Missouri River. Visitors can view the USS Marlin SST-2 Submarine, a training vessel, and the USS Hazard AM-240 Minesweeper - a World War II warship, an anchor and propeller garden, shipboard rocket launchers and a Douglas A-4D Skyhawk Jet Fighter, among other exhibits.
Hours & Admission
Mid-May to mid-September, daily 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., mid-September to mid-May, daily 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free.

Great Plains Art Museum

1115 Q Street
Lincoln, Nebraska
402-472-6220
The museum houses the Great Plains Art Collection - the original Christlieb Collection of western art and library of western Americana with artwork by Albert Bierstadt, William de la Montagne Cary, Robert F. Gilder, William Henry Jackson, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and Olaf Wieghorst. Complementing this are the Broder Collection of 20th-century Native American paintings, the Lane Collection of western fiction and history, and the Regina Collection of Canadian plains literature.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed university and major holidays. Free.

Gretna Fish Hatchery Museum

21502 West Highway 31
Gretna, Nebraska
402-332-3901
The state of Nebraska’s first fish hatchery (1882), where salmon and trout were raised, ceased operation in the 1970s. The old hatch house is now a fish management museum.

Also find an interesting geologic display nearby. Shramm, a geology professor donated the 330-acres of land to the state for recreation and research.

Also housed at the Schramm State...
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.

Lentz Center for Asian Culture

1155 Q Street
Lincoln, Nebraska
402-472-5841
The permanent collection includes ancient ceremonial bronzes, jade and ivory carvings, Tibetan ritual objects, ceramics, Asian musical instruments, sculptures, textiles and prints. Rotating exhibitions feature various aspects of traditional Asian cultures.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed university and major holidays. Free.

Lincoln Children's Museum

1420 P Street
Lincoln, Nebraska
402-477-4000
A delightful destination where children are invited to create, discover and learn, while along the way building, dancing, playing, climbing, singing and laughing. With 45,500 square feet on three-floors, it is filled with hands-on exhibits and imaginative programming. One-day camps are offered.

The museum is the first green building in the city of Lincoln.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Nebraska State Museum of History

15th and P Street
Lincoln, Nebraska
402-471-4754
This museum focuses on the history of Nebraska and the city of Lincoln from American Indians on the Plains to present day. Learn how Nebraska became a state and joined the union, and how communities were formed and govern. Meet the residents and their ancestors, and those who served the country during wars. Discover agriculture, ranching, industries and inventions. Children are invited to participate in interactive environments: a Native American tipi, a one-quarter-scale prairie schooner, a build-a-town table, and a 1920s auto-touring campsite.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed state holidays. Admission.
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