Omaha Museums Arts, and Culture
Explore Omaha Museums Arts, and Culture
Taking in Omaha’s museums, arts and culture is an essential part of visiting or living in Omaha. From world class art exhibits to taking a walk through Omaha’s history, the places listed below will provide you with a rich experience.
Arts and Culture
Whether you are an art history major or want to be captivated by the most visually appealing art, the Joslyn is your place. The Joslyn emphasizes 19th- and 20th-century European and American art and has pieces that range from ancient times to the present. Not to mention they make for some great backdrops!
Jun Kaneko is a Japanese artist that has been based in Omaha since 1986. His work is located in three turn-of-the-century warehouses in the Old Market, and he has a mission to celebrate and foster creativity. He offers many exhibits, performances, and classes throughout the year in Omaha. Our personal favorite is his remarkable After-Hours Light exhibit!
Hot shops is made up of four studios all dealing with fire to create sensational works of art. They specialize in glass blowing, sculpting with fire, pottery, and fabrication. Hot Shops hosts over 80 studio artists and multiple galleries that make it a diverse and collaborative environment. They offer classes on anything from painting and photography, to glass blowing. My recommendation is that you go there for a souvenir or gift. Nothing is more special than a one of a kind hand blown cup or bowl that is made specifically for you.
Historical Attractions & Museums
Pioneer Courage Park, built in honor of those who settled this great land we call home, tells the story of the pioneer families and children who migrated west. The sculptures are intended to depict bravery, courage, and entrepreneurial spirit, and visitors are encouraged to walk along what would have been a dry creek bed with the pioneers and bison and envision the journey that took place.
This park on the west bank of the Missouri River is the original landing site of the Lewis & Clark expedition back in the 1800’s. Today, a variety of festivals and concerts take place here, with beautiful views of the river, fountains, the pedestrian bridge, and the magnificant Omaha skyline. Here you can also visit the Firefighter’s Memorial Monument and the second largest labor monument in the United States.
The Durham Museum has extraordinary exhibits including restored train cars, 1940s storefronts, numerous artifacts showing the history of the region, and the Byron Reed collection which includes some of the world’s rarest coins and documents. When you go make sure to stop by the old school soda fountain and enjoy a phosphate or malt.