University of Nebraska-Lincoln

ARTS, MUSEUMS & ENTERTAINMENT

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

 

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES:

Sheldon Museum of Art
12th and R Street
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-2461

With over 12,000 works of 20th century American art, as well as an outdoor sculpture garden, art lovers will enjoy an enriching experience at the Sheldon Museum.
FREE Admission
Tues, 10am-8pm; Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12-5pm

Sculpture Garden
12th and Q Streets, adjacent to Sheldon Museum of Art
The UNL Sheldon Museum of Art Sculpture Garden is a “historical representation of sculpture from the early 20th century to the present”. The garden, dedicated in 1970, originally occupied 2.5 acres adjacent to the Sheldon Museum of Art, but has expanded beyond to incorporate sculptures around campus. Sculptures include “Torn Notebook” (1995) by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, a stainless steel & aluminum giant notebook pages that appear to be blowing in the wind; “Old Glory” (1986), a giant red painted steel beam sculpture representing brushstrokes; “Greenpoint” (1988), two industrially-fabricated leaning sheets of steel that frame the Mueller Tower from afar. A podcast tour of the Sculpture Garden is available here.

Architecture Hall
133 Architecture Hall
Lincoln, NE 68508

Located on the west side of campus, Architecture Hall, at over 100 years old, is the oldest building on campus. Home to the university’s architecture program, Architecture Hall also houses gallery exhibits open to the public and is the home to the largest urinal west of the Mississippi!
Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

International Quilt Study Center and Museum
1533 N. 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68583
(402) 472-6549

Home to the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection, the museum features over 3500 quilts dating from the 1700s to present day and representing more than 25 countries.
Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-4pm (closed during UNL’s winter break)
Adult s, $6; Students, $3; Children, $3; Family (2 adults, children/grandchildren) , $12

Larsen Tractor Museum
Lincoln Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68583
(402) 472-8389

Originally established to satisfy provisions of the Nebraska State Legislature’s Tractor Law in 1919, the Larsen Tractor Laboratory is the only tractor testing facility in the United States. A trip to the museum allows visitors to observe advancements in agricultural technology through the display of over 25 tractors, original tractor test equipment, early hand tools and more.
Tues-Fri, 9am-4pm; Sat, 10am-4pm

The Great Plains Museum
Center for Great Plains Studies
1155 Q Street
Lincoln, NE 68588

The Great Plains Museum concentrates on the art and literature of the North American Great Plains region. The Christlieb Collection, the museum’s permanent collection, features bronze sculptures, paintings and drawings, other works on paper and photographs. Exhibits are typically rotated every two months and include artwork from the permanent collection, guest curated exhibitions, and traveling exhibits.
FREE Admission
Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1:30pm-5pm.
Closed Mondays, holiday weekends, and between exhibitions.

University of Nebraska State Museum
Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Street
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588
General Info: (402) 472-2642
Reservations: (402) 472-6302

With collections ranging from anthropology to paleontology to zoology, the University of Nebraska State Museum is a natural history fanatic’s dream. Visitors are amazed by the enormity of the exhibits in “Elephant Hall,” Morrill Hall’s claim to fame. Enjoy the Mueller planetarium in the top of the museum.
Adults $5 & $8 (museum & planetarium); Children, $3 & $5.50 (museum & planetarium)
Mon-Sat, 9:30am-4:30pm; Thurs, 9:30am-8pm; Sun, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Lincoln Children’s Museum
1420 P Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 477-4000
The Lincoln Children’s Museum invites children to create, discover and learn with three floors of hands-on exhibits that let imaginations run wild. Ranked among the top 20 children’s museums in the United States, this museum offers plenty of opportunities for exploring, including a three-story apple tree and a full-sized airplane. Ages 2-61: $6.50 ; Ages 61+ : $6. Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat, 9:30am-5pm; Thurs, 9:30am-7:30pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm

National Museum of Roller Skating
4730 South Street

Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 483-7551
Hosting the world’s largest collection of roller skates and roller skating memorabilia, this museum aims to educate visitors on the history of roller skating and the enjoyment the sport provides. FREE Admission. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Nebraska History Museum
15th and P Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 471-4754
Various exhibits educate visitors in 10,000 years of Nebraskan history. Don’t miss the Investigation Station for hands-on exhibits appealing to visitors of all ages. Suggested $2 Donation. Mon-Fri, 9am-4:30pm; Sat-Sun, 1-4:30pm

Redwing Pottery Museum
3901 Normal Blvd., Suite 203
Lincoln, NE 68522
(402) 489-6508
Displays of over 5,000 pieces of pottery dating back to 1877 when the Redwing Stoneware Company got its start in Red Wing, Minnesota. The collection also includes some of the earliest pieces of stoneware. Hours by appointment only.

The Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum
2047 M Street

Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 436-4640
Named for Frank H. Woods Sr., founder of the Lincoln Telephone Company, The Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum takes a look back into the history of the telephone industry.
Sun, 1-4pm

Hyde Observatory
(402) 441-7094
View the night sky every Saturday night through one of three telescopes and enjoy a 20-minute astronomy program. Located on the south shore of Holmes Lake, in the Holmes Lake Recreation Area.
Sat, 8pm-11pm. Call to verify schedule.

 

THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:

The Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film at UNL offers live stage productions and student-made films throughout the year.

The UNL School of Music is comprised of numerous ensembles and dance troupes that perform in various venues across campus and throughout Lincoln.

Lied Center for the Performing Arts
301 N. 12th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 472-4700 (Administration Office)
(402) 472-4747 (Ticket Office)
Provides a stage for performing artists ranging from Broadway musicals to comedians and from musical superstars to contemporary dance. Also offers art education outreach programs.
Regular hrs: Mon-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Performance days: Mon-Fri, 11am- half an hour into show; Weekend matinee: 12pm-half an hour into show; 5pm-half an hour into show

Lincoln Community Playhouse
2500 S. 56th Street
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 489-7529
Currently beginning its 65th season, the Lincoln Community Playhouse is a great venue for audiences of all ages to experience live theater.
Regular hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm; Performance Days: Mon-Fri, 11am-Intermission; Weekends: 2 hrs before curtain-Intermission

Haymarket Theatre
803 Q Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 477-2600
Haymarket Theatre got its start in 2002 as a children’s theatre educational program. Although the theatre has since expanded to include professional repertory theatre, their mission remains the same as they continue to keep young people involved in many of their shows.

Rococo Theatre
128 N. 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 476-6540 (Administrative Office)
(402) 476-4467 (Ticket Office)
Rococo Theatre provides a venue for special events, concerts and live stage productions.
Mon & Fri, 12pm-5pm; Box Office open 1 hour before doors open on performance day (transactions limited to that performance only)

TADA Theatre
701 P Street, Suite 203
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 438-8232
TADA (The Arts Deserve Attention) stays true to its name, providing a venue for theatrical performances, musicals and even stand-up comedy.