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Omaha, NE 68134
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Arts & Museums
Henry & Dorothy Riekes Museum is the first permanent Jewish museum in the state of Nebraska. The museum, which is maintained by the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, is a representation of the Kapulier (or B'nai Jacob - Adas Yeshuron) synagogue. Of note is the exhibit regarding Sharre Zion, or the Riekes Shul, which was a congregation that met in the Riekes home.
This National Historic Landmark tells a story dating back to 1917. What started as a small home for troubled and abandoned boys has grown into a campus complete with a Hall of History, All-American Rose and Biblical Gardens, the Leon Myers Stamp Center and more. Visitors can even enjoy a bit of Hollywood, as Spencer Tracy's Oscar for his portrayal of Father Flanagan in the movie "Boys Town" is on display. Boys Town is open year-round. Free guided tours are available but donations are welcome.
The night sky comes to life at this impressive planetarium. Join the audience in the theater for an educational trip through the heavens; visit the rooftop observatory for a view of the planets; or kick back and enjoy a laser show set to rock music. The planetarium also hosts traditional, live star talks. A store features a multitude of science-oriented materials. Tickets are sold in the lobby 30 minutes before show time.
Located at the College of Saint Mary, the Hillmer Art Gallery is at Walsh Hall on the ground floor. The gallery is open to all and there is no admission charge. Hillmer holds a number of exhibitions such as the CSM Student Art Exhibition, the UNO Print Collection Exhibition, Bryce Speed Art Exhibition, Jess Benjamin Art Exhibition and more, which are absolutely indulgent evenings of art and music. Do contact the gallery for details and timings.
Historic Florence Bank and Depot Museum showcases the oldest bank in the state of Nebraska, with construction on it having started in 1855. In fact, when the bank first opened, Nebraska would not become a state for another ten years. This meant that the bank distributed its own, unique currency. The huge bank vault at the center of the building has remained unmoved over the years, and remains a favorite attraction for children touring the museum.
Since opening in 2007, the Dundee Gallery has provided a showplace for many local artists and their contemporary works. Located in the vibrant Dundee neighborhood, most of the pieces are very affordable and would make a great addition to a home or business - talk about a conversation piece. Of course, visiting the gallery and browsing the works is always free, and the friendly staff here is always more than willing to answer any questions you may have.
Modern Arts Midtown is the perfect place to visit in Omaha if you wish to gain a greater understanding of today's modern art world. This gallery features exhibits of artists who are both world famous and getting their start locally. No matter what works are being featured, they are sure to be unique and may even change your perspective on the art world. Many of the works are available for purchase, but browsing the gallery is always complimentary.
Located on the grounds of the former Fort Omaha, this beautiful home dates back to the 1800s. It is closely tied to the U.S. military, acting as headquarters for commanders during the fort's active years. A walk through the front door takes visitors back in time. Furnishings and décor hail from the Victorian era. The Victorian Heirloom Garden also stays true to history, growing flowers representative of those found in the 1880s. The garden can be reserved for private parties.
At Douglas County Historical Society, you will find the city's history well preserved and protected. The society has three major spaces within namely a museum, a library and a research center. The museum, which is among the oldest in town, is also a space for private parties and events. The library is a treasure trove of sorts with many books, clippings, old photographs, artifacts and old diaries and documents as part of its collection. Events include classes, meetings, lectures and so on. Check the website for further details.
Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters is a museum that tells the story of the migration of over 90,000 pioneers to the area from 1846 to 1860. Inside you will find a full-sized log cabin along with a covered wagon and handcart. If you choose, there are informative guided tours available. In the winter months there is a festive gingerbread display as well.
Named in honor of local jazz great Preston Love, the Loves Jazz & Arts Center aims to highlight the culture of Omaha's African-American community, specifically North Omaha Jazz. The center offers numerous African-American art exhibits, many performance pieces, and classes in art education. Here you can learn about the rich history of jazz and gain a greater understanding of the great contributions of the vibrant local community.
Located at the Creighton University, Lied Art Gallery is a lovely gallery that hosts the artwork of many talented young people. Conducting events such as the BFA Exhibit at the Gallery at Bancroft Street Market, China Show (Asian Studies Program), The Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit or the Empty Bowls Event, the gallery provides the right exposure needed by the students to improve their art and also for the world to see what their capable of. Do visit the university website to know more about their event schedule.