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Arts & Museums
Owned and operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa and designed and built by the National Park Service and local partners, the Western Historic Trails Center features educational exhibits, maps, films, and sculpture.
Take a step back in time with a visit to this totally renovated Art Deco-style train station. Formerly known as Union Station, the museum boasts over 65,000 square feet of exhibits including the Byron Reed Coin and Document Collection, The Trans-Mississippi Exposition Gallery, restored train cars, a teepee, an earth lodge and more. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Temporary exhibitions are also offered.
Kaneko basically provides a creative space for many established and upcoming artists, philosophers, poets, educators and so on. Apart from the myriad exhibitions held here, Kaneko also plays host to a number of dance, music and theatrical performances. The place is also in collaboration with many partners to provide various forums in the creative community; thereby, proving to be more than just an art gallery. To know more on the gallery, call ahead or visit the website.
Passageway Gallery showcases works by local artists in a charming environment. The gallery features works in a wide variety of different mediums, including photography, sculpture, pottery, carvings and glasswork. Many of the works are available for purchase. There is always a local artist present here, and they are very happy to answer any questions you may have.
Three open and well-lit galleries dominate this warehouse-style art studio situated just south of the Old Market shopping and restaurant district. Admission to this art center is free. The building also serves as studio space and housing for artists chosen from applicants all over the world. The Bemis School of Art offers classes for budding artists of all ages. This gallery is also available for rent and is a great place to host a party or reception.
Located in downtown Omaha, the Anderson O'Brien Fine Art Old Market has been the city's top fine art gallery since it was established in 1980. The exemplary works showcased here are both modern and contemporary, as well as being in a variety of mediums including sculpture, photography and even jewelry. Most of the works here can be purchased, and the shop will appraise and make top-dollar offers on any works of art that you may want to sell.
This self-proclaimed "gallery tucked away in a parking lot" is an artsy conglomeration of paintings, sculptures, glass works, metal works and photography presented in a classic whitewashed, brick-walled setting. The organization strives to provide an outlet for member artists to exhibit their work and local residents and visitors to experience and enjoy these visual arts. Shows change monthly, with member artists exhibiting several times annually. Each year ends with an All-Member Holiday Show. If you are strolling through the Old Market, stop by for a peek.
Fred Simon Gallery is one of the most distinguished galleries in Omaha.The topics dealt with at this gallery are mainly social conflicts that are going on in various societies in the world. Thus, through the world of colors and visuals, Fred Simon Gallery shows you the current controversies in today's world. On the other hand, lighter subjects are also dabbled with which is usually for the pure joy of art. A visit to the Fred Simon Gallery is a must! For further details, do visit their website.
Works featured at this Old Market gallery come from nationally recognized photographer, Thomas Mangelsen. He indulges his love of nature by traveling the globe and capturing her beauty. Photographs spotlight majestic mountains, calm waters and animals of all shapes and sizes. Take a few moments to enjoy the framed originals hanging throughout the gallery. Mangelsen's beautiful work also comes in a more transportable size in the form of prints, cards and books. Visit the online gallery to request a free catalog featuring a variety of merchandise.
Since its inception in 1976, Omaha Children's Museum has been a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works and learn through play. The mission of Omaha Children's Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning. The museum's permanent exhibits include the Charlie Campbell Science and Technology Center, Creative Arts Center and Imagination Playground early childhood area. In addition to its permanent exhibits, Omaha Children's Museum offers outreach and community programs, traveling exhibitions, field trips, summer camps and early childhood education programs.
The Hot Shops Art Center is housed inside an elaborate set of buildings that comprised a mattress factory. The factory was converted into the center in 1999 by a group of artist studios and investors and now possess approximately 50 art studios, 4 art galleries and three anchor Hot Shops. Considered to be the first of its kind art center, the Hot Shops provides a perfect artistic atmosphere and encourages interaction and relationships among artistic communities. Check their website for event updates.
Few visitors expect to find such an impressive art collection in the middle of the prairie. Masterpieces abound here. The permanent exhibit includes works by El Greco, Degas, Monet and Renoir. 19th- and 20th-century art receive a special focus. The museum building itself is a striking, architectural find. Thirty-eight different types of marble were used in construction. The exterior glows a light pink, setting the building apart from the rest of downtown Omaha.