Attractions Directory

Museums

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

631 D Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone: (402) 474-3363
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission: Members: Free Adults (non-members) $5.00, Students: $3.00, Children under 6 yrs: Free

Germans from Russia were attracted to Lincoln and the Great Plains by a climate similar to what they had experienced in Russia as well as recruitment from the railroads and opportunities associated with the Homestead Act. By 1914, more than one-third of Lincoln's population was made up of these immigrants and their descendants. This museum is dedicated to preserving their history and culture and houses the International Society offices, archives and special displays.

Fairview, the Bryan Museum

1600 S. 48th (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 481-3032
For more information on Fairview, or to schedule a tour, call 402-481-3032. Please schedule tours at least 48 hours in advance.

Fairview is closed for all major holidays, and often, the day prior and after.

William Jennings Bryan served two terms in Congress, was U.S. Secretary of State and was the Democratic nominee for President in 1896, 1900 and 1908. His historic residence has been restored to its early 1900's grandeur. The house that once sat atop a hill and offered a "fair view" of the Prairie Capital and its adjacent farms has been incorporated into the Bryan Medical Center campus and is located about 1 block east of 48th Street on the north side of Sumner Street. The Bryan Museum, on the lower level, includes authentic displays and recordings.

Great Plains Art Collection

1155 Q Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68588
Phone: (402) 472-6220
Hours: Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday - Monday: CLOSED

The Great Plains Art Museum in downtown Lincoln, NE exhibits art that interprets the history, culture, environment, and creative spirit of the Great Plains of North America. Changing exhibitions feature contemporary artists as well as work from the Museum’s permanent collection including art of the American West and Native American art consisting of bronze sculptures, paintings and drawings, other works on paper, and photographs.

Hyde Memorial Observatory

3701 S 70th St (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 441-7094
Cost: Free

Astronomy programs are offered on Sat. evenings (call ahead for schedule); telescope viewing when weather permits.

Featuring views of the night skies and astronomy presentation every Saturday night. Programs change monthly, call in advance for a listing. Hours: April – August: Sundown to 11 pm, Sept: 8-11 pm, Oct-March: 7-10 pm. Hyde may be closed if Saturday falls on or new a major holiday. Hyde Memorial Observatory was built, furnished, and is operated entirely by donations. The Observatory is devoted exclusively to public viewing, completely free of admission charge, staffed only by volunteers.

International Quilt Museum

1523 N. 33rd Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68503
Phone: (402) 472-6549
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sunday (May - October): 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Closed most Mondays and major holidays; November -April (call or check website). Public guided tours at 11:00 am Tuesday - Saturday and also at 1:00 pm on Saturday Please prearrange for groups.

Cost: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 ages 5-18; free admission for UNL students and staff

Tours: Public guided tours at 11:00 am Tuesday-Saturday and also at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Please prearrange for groups.

The International Quilt Museum is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus and houses the world's largest publicly held quilt collection. Quilts date from the early 1700s to the present and represent more than 45 countries. Enjoy first-class exhibitions drawn from the collections, a digital gallery, home quilt care information and experiences for all ages.

John J. Pershing Exhibit

312 N. 14th Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; Closed Holidays

The historic Military & Naval Science Building on the University of Nebraska campus was named in honor of General John J. Pershing and now houses an exhibit dedicated to the "General of the Armies." This tribute includes a timeline, historical pictures and descriptions of his service to our country and his time at the university both as a student and as a commander.

Larsen Tractor Museum

UNL East Campus (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68583
Phone: (402) 472-8389
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; First Sat. of the month 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum is housed in the original Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory built in 1920. The collection features tractors that represent advancements in technology which have been tested in accordance with the Nebraska Tractor Test Law that was passed in July of 1919.

Lincoln Children's Museum

1420 P Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 477-4000
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; Tuesday: 8:30 am - 9:30 am is Member ONLY hour.
Closed Mondays during the school year. See website for holiday hours

Rated the top children’s attraction in Lincoln by Trip Advisor, it features more than 40 exhibits. Families are invited to create, discover and learn through the power of play. Three stories of interactive play spaces specialized for kids younger than one all the way through elementary age will open the mind and imagination. Pricing and event information found at LincolnChildrensMuseum.org.

Morrill Hall

N 14th & Vine Streets (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68588
Phone: (402) 472-2637
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Thurday: 9:30 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday: 1:30 am – 4:30 pm; Closed Major Holidays

"Archie" the life-sized bronze Columbian mammoth greets visitors outside Morrill Hall, the region’s premier museum of natural history! The Museum provides a glimpse into our ancient past featuring the world-famous Elephant Hall, hands-on discovery center, Bizarre Beasts, plus more!

Museum of American Speed

599 Oak Creek Drive (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68528
Phone: (402) 323-3166, (402) 937-8958
The Speedway Motors museum of American Speed is much more than a car collection. It's a celebration of the quest for speed that has captivated millions of Americans since the dawn of the automobile. It's a walk through time tracing the spirit of innovation that has made the United States a technological and industrial leader for over a century.

 Events: The Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed is available for special tours and events by prior arrangement. We can accommodate meetings and dinners seating up to 200 people. Call 402-323-3166 for detailed information.

Tours: The museum is open through out the year to the public. During the months of May through September, we are open Monday through Friday from noon - 4:30 pm. October through April we are open Mondays and Friday from noon - 4:30 pm. All floors are open for self guided touring or we offer a Docent led tour at 1:00 pm at no extra charge if a Docent is available. We are closed on all major holidays