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Pierson Wildlife Museum Learning Center- Neligh

A steeple converted to look like an African hunter's lookout tower is the first hint that a wild animal exhibit has replaced congregants at the former New Abundant Life Church, Neligh, Neb.

Now, the building is The Pierson Wildlife Museum Learning Center, which opened to the public on the Fourth of July. It includes stuffed elephants, lions, a rhinoceros and a cape buffalo, as well as sheep from Alaska, Canada, the Rocky Mountains and Mexico.

The collection was donated to this northeast Nebraska city of 1,650 by retired Dr. Kenneth Pierson and his wife, Margaret, who traveled the world on hunting expeditions.

The city purchased the former church building for $10,000 and leased it to a 15-member group dedicated to preserving and displaying the collection. Headed by Stan Lichtenberg of Neligh, the committee began renovating the building last November, and has included a working waterfall and mountain ledges.

Other trophies in the collection include a spotted hyena, ostrich, silver jackal, monkeys, jaguar, markhor, wild hog, red deer, roebuck, sable antelope, zebra, wart hog, wildebeest, hippopotamus, water buck and kudu.

A stained-glass window in the front of the building, which features a rhinoceros grazing at sunset, was donated by the Pierson's son, Eric, and his wife, Peg. Eric Pierson is a neurosurgeon in Lincoln, Neb.

A daughter, Karen Rathje of Lincoln, donated the waterfall.


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Joslyn Art Museum - Omaha

As Nebraska’s largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has served as the premier center for visual art since opening in 1931. Joslyn's collection features work from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Lorenzo di Credi, El Greco, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Hart Benton. American masters such as Grant Wood, Jackson Pollock, Dale Chihuly, and George Segal are also represented.

Joslyn is renowned for its collection of art of the American West, and known worldwide for its collection of Swiss artist Karl Bodmer’s watercolors and prints documenting his 1832-34 journey to the Missouri River frontier with German Prince Maximilian of Wied.

The original building is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation, with 38 marbles from seven countries. In addition to the art galleries, Joslyn features a 1,000 seat concert hall, fountain court, education technology gallery, lecture hall, library, café, and gift shop.

Several Special Exhibitions are presented each year, complementing the permanent collection and offering a broad range of art to everyone. Year-round musical performances, educational lectures by national and international scholars, and art classes for all ages further enhance the Joslyn experience.


Location: 2200 Dodge Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102-1292
General Information: 402-342-3300
Fax: 402-342-2376

Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, noon - 4 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays*
Hours may change for special exhibitions.

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Durham Western Heritage Museum - Omaha

Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at the historic Durham Western Heritage Museum. Opened in 1931, Union Station was built by the Union Pacific Railroad as a showpiece in the city of their headquarters. Considered one of Omaha's most unique treasures, the renovated art deco building offers an exquisite look at Omaha's history.

The Durham Western Heritage Museum offers unique, hands-on learning for people of all ages. Explore Omaha's history, discover something new in our temporary exhibits and remember the past through our special collections. Explore Omaha of years past as you learn through today's technology. Throughout the museum, you'll find exhibits that teach you about Omaha's neighborhoods, notable citizens and interesting historical sites.


Durham Western Heritage Museum is located in Omaha's Historic Old Market at 801 South 10th Street.

Located on the 10th Street bridge, the Museum can be accessed from both 10th Street and Leavenworth Street. The Museum has a two level parking deck that is FREE to all visitors.



Monday/Major Holidays



10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Wednesday - Saturday

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


1 - 5 p.m.

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El Museum Latino- Omaha

El Museo Latino opened its doors in the historic Livestock Exchange Building on May 5,1993 as the first Latino art & History museum and cultural center in the Midwest. In 1997, the museum moved to its present brick and red tile roof building. The original construction of 1887 was a school and was reconstructed in the 1930s. Today, El Museo Latino is one of only eleven Latino museums in the United States.

In conjunction to the exhibits, El Museo Latino develops educational programs that include lectures, slide presentations, films, art classes, workshops, demonstrations, art history classes, gallery talks, guided visits, and dance classes. Some of the programs are age specific for K-12, some for post secondary students, and others are for an adult audience. In addition, El Museo Latino is a resource and a center for Latino studies in the Midwest.

El Museo Latino organizes and presents special events during the year highlighting the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in May and Hispanic Heritage Month in September. May features the annual Almuerzo (brunch) while September features the Hispanic Heritage celebration Banquet. During the year, Family Day celebrations are also scheduled as well as special dance performances by the museum's dance company, "CHOMARI" Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, and by visiting artists.

Location: 4701 South 25 Street Omaha, NE 68107

Hours: M-W-F  10AM-5PM  T-TH   1PM-5PM   SAT  10AM-2PM

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General Crook House Museum - Omaha

The Museum is the authentically restored home of General George Crook. It was constructed in 1879 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

General Crook was a Civil War and National Indian Wars hero and was considered the "greatest Indian fighter in the history of the United States.’’ At the landmark 1879 trial of the Ponca Chief Standing Bear, General Crook testified in defense of Standing Bear. He was the Commander of the Department of the Platte from 1875 to 1882 and again from 1886 to 1888.

The house is an Italianate style, which represented the no-nonsense grandeur of the military frontier. The furnishings are from the 1880 Victorian period.

Collections at this living history museum include decorative arts, costumes, art & crafts and period furnishings. Classes and a reference collection on the history and appreciation of antiques are available.

Victorian Heirloom Garden

Adjoining the Museum is the Crook House Victorian Heirloom Garden, which overlooks the majestic parade ground and historic buildings of Historic Fort Omaha. Many of the more than 110 varieties of heirloom flowers, trees and shrubs are native to Nebraska. Some plants were originally carried here on wagon trains or were available by mail order catalog in the 1880s. Perennials surround four central "carpet beds" of annuals, patterned like an Oriental rug to create an outside parlor where many hours would have been spent to capture the cool breezes.

Hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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The Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball - St. Paul

The Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball is dedicated to illustrating the careers of over 140 men with Nebraska ties who have made it to the Major Leagues of American Baseball. The museum contains artifacts and information on native Nebraskan's and those with Nebraska roots or ties.

Major displays on the Hall of Fame players illustrate their baseball careers including trading cards, pictures, and artifacts. Additional displays are being developed for the "Nebraska's Top 25 Roster" including Les Nunamaker of Malcom, Johnny Hopp of Hastings, Rex Barney of Omaha, Billy Southworth of Harvard, Adolph Liska of Dwight, Tim Burke of Omaha, and Clarence Mitchell of Aurora.

The Museum is located in the Historic Downtown District of St. Paul Nebraska at 619 Howard Avenue. This is approximately 5˝ blocks west of U.S. Highway 281. (Turn west on Howard Avenue at the Pizza Hut). St. Paul is located in central Nebraska 30 minutes north of Interstate 80.

Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park - Nebraska City

This beautiful estate in Nebraska City was home to J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. From its beginning in 1855 as a four-room frame house, the magnificent mansion grew to 52 rooms through several remodelings. Authentic furnishings grace the rooms, and displays capture the life and times of this exceptional man.

A collection of antique carriages and wagons are displayed in the carriage house, and a stroll through the beautifully landscaped grounds, formal rose garden and arboretum is a must. Picnicking is permitted on the area. Cider pressing and other old-time crafts are staged here on last two Sunday afternoons of September and the first two Sundays in October.

Carriage House: Built in 1901 for about $10 000 this structure housed the Morton coaches, carriages, and carriage horses On display are a Stanhope phaeton, a Vail phaeton, a rockaway, a sidebar runabout, the traditional surrey, and a Brougham used by President Grover Cleveland The collection also includes an Overland stage, purchased by Carl Morton.

Italian Terraced Garden: Part of Joy's 1903 addition, the garden was designed by a noted Boston architect named Manning. Gently curving brick walks guide the visitor along both levels of the cool, shaded rose garden Highlights include numerous flower and rose beds, as well as a sundial and pergola. Monument Square: Set in the east part of the park near the entrance is a bronze casting of the author of Arbor Day", J. Sterling Morton It was erected in 1905 and dedicated by President Cleveland. Standing in the foreground is a smaller bronze of the Greek goddess Daphne, who according to legend was turned into a laurel tree by her father to save her from the pursuit of Apollo.

Log Cabin: Just across the drive from Monument Square is a log house, built on October 2 2, 1890, as a memorial to the old settlers of the community by J. Sterling Morton and other members of the old Seniors Association It is typical of the early homes used by territorial settlers. Pine Grove: Originally planted by Morton in 1891 to prove to Governor Furnas that white pines would, indeed, grow in Nebraska, the stand was replanted in 1937 after the great drouth. The dense carpet of needles and cool shade make it a favorite area with visitors.

Tree Trail: A one-half mile tree trail winds through the original arboretum area planted by the Mortons The wood-chipped path, cool shaded benches, and labeled trees offer visitors both a pleasant and interesting experience The arboretum, which encompasses the entire 65 acres of the park, features over 250 varieties of trees and shrubs.

Family Plot: (Wyuka Cemetery)-Historic Wyuka Cemetery, site of the Morton family plot, is located at 19th Street and 6th CorSo, about 1 1/2 miles southeast of the park entrance The plot is easily recognized by its 20-foot, hand-hewn rock shaft, shaped like a tree trunk broken at the top.


Contact Information:
Arbor Lodge SHP
PO Box 15
Nebraska City, NE 68410-0015
Phone: (402) 873-7222



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Strategic Air and Space Museum - Ashland

The Strategic Air & Space Museum is regarded as the nation's foremost facility of its kind, the $29.5 million museum opened on May 16, 1998, and preserves aircraft and missiles for future generations.

The Museum is a 300,000 square foot building that features a glass atrium, two aircraft display hangars, a traveling exhibit area, a children's interactive gallery, a 200-seat theater, a Museum store, an aircraft restoration gallery, and a snack bar.

The glass atrium is a breathtaking structure constructed of 525 glass panels that encase the awesome Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. The two aircraft display hangars protect the aircraft collection and exhibits from harsh outdoor elements. We participate in an exhibit exchange program with other national museums and display them in the traveling exhibit area.

The children's interactive gallery is both entertaining and educational, and features audiovisual programs and activities for children of all ages.

 Visitors can purchase souvenirs, gifts and educational items from the Museum store, and refresh themselves at the Plane Food snack bar.

A unique feature of the Museum gives visitors the opportunity to watch the restoration of warplanes as technicians prepare them for display.

It is located between Omaha and Lincoln off of Interstate 80. Take exit #426 (same exit as Mahoney St. Park and the Simmons Wildlife Safari Park) and go west 1/2 mile. The museum is located on the right (north) side of the road.

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Washington County Historical Museum - Ft Calhoun

The Washington County Historical Museum, the oldest county museum in Nebraska, houses artifacts from prehistoric time, Native American dress and equipment and relics from nearby Ft. Atkinson. Early farm tools and equipment, school and household items as well as fine china brought to the county from the old country depict how the pioneers lived in the 1800s. A display of Thomas Edison items and early telephone equipment moves the visitor into the 20th century. The library holds early county information valuable to genealogists.

The Washington County Historical Museum is located just north of Omaha, Nebraska on US Highway 75 in Fort Calhoun.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday -- 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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The Museum of the Fur Trade - Chadron

Along the frigid fringes of Civilization, before the era of Thinsulate™ and two-zone heating, native peoples and pioneers knew how to stay warm. They "borrowed" the hides and fur of cold-weather mammals, and what they didn't need for themselves, they traded and bartered to others. The Museum of the Fur Trade celebrates and chronicles North America's first continent-wide economy -- the business of furs, involving trappers, fur traders, and Indians.

The museum is on the site of a trading post and warehouse built along the Bordeauz Creek in 1833, surrounded by the only hilly, forested region in Nebraska. The post was operated until 1876, when it was shut down after US soldiers confiscated ammunition being sold to the Indians.

The museum opened adjacent to the site in 1949 -- the only museum for a hundred miles. The old trading post site was excavated in 1955, the buildings reconstructed a year later. The trading post, a sod and wood hut buried in the ground -- near a teepee and Indian garden -- is too tiny to house the artifacts in the museum's collection. The museum is in long, one-story building, and with a $1.7 million plan to expand over the next few years, should be the undisputed fur trade museum of the world.

The collection includes all the trappings of the fur trade lifestyle -- weapons, clothing, the goods and materials traded in establishments like this across the continent. There are William Clark fabric samples, Greer Garson's bells, the earliest "point blanket." Kit Carson's shotgun is a highlight, but nearly lost in a rack of other guns and weapons. The displays are a sometimes confusing mix for those of us who like our history unconfused -- there are Indian ceremonial garments fashioned from British buttons and cloth from Europe.

A few unusual exhibits stand out, such as the Buffalo Tongue, a northern plains delicacy back in pioneer days. Also of note: a parka made from seal intestines.

But there are things to learn here. The first white man to cross the North American continent? Not Lewis or Clark, but Alexander Mackenzie, a Canadian fur trader.

Today the fur trade continues around the world, albeit at a much smaller scale and without the naked exploitation of the natives. Every year, about three busloads of Italians visit the museum, and others come from the wolfy regions of Romania and Bulgaria.

The gift shop is subdued -- no need for furverts to detour here. But visitors can buy pelts: raccoon - $40., bobcat $200, wolverine $500. "It’s a world market," the curator said. "The price is set all over the place."

The Museum of the Fur Trade takes itself somewhat seriously -- its scholarly journal, Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly, presents articles on the importance of ostrich plumes to fur trade feather merchants, or the market for a good ice chisel north of the 50th parallel. The Museum of the Fur Trade Story notes: "It may surprise you to learn that no animal has ever become extinct due to being overhunted for its fur."

From "Roadside America"

6321 Hwy. 20, P.O. Box 1276, Chadron, NE 69337 
Daily 8-5, Memorial Day-September; or by appointment. 

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National Museum of Roller Skating - Lincoln

The museum contains the largest collection of historical roller skates, dating to 1819, in the world. It also contains patents, medals, trophies, photographs, artworks, films and videotapes, costumes, library and archival materials, and roller skating memorabilia. The museum holds approximately 1,500 volumes of roller skating books and periodicals, including over 125 titles (American and foreign) in its periodical collection. The archives also includes over 8,000 photographs; personal papers of individuals prominent in roller skating from 1800 to the present; programs and archival material for local, regional, national, and international roller skating competitions; and miscellaneous articles and images related to roller skating.

The National Museum of Roller Skating holds the largest, most varied, and unique collection of antique roller skates in the world. Included in its collection is the James L. Plimpton family collection (considered the father of modern roller skating), patent models of early skates of American manufacturers, skates of international origin, competitive and vaudeville costumes, memorabilia of roller skating rinks, in-line roller skates dating from 1819 to present, and various manufacturing innovations and experiments. The museum archives contain an extensive collection of publications, photographs and documents covering over two centuries of roller skating history.

Location: 4730 South Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68506

Hours: The musuem is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. The museum is closed on weekends and major holidays. Addmission to the museum is free

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Telephone Pioneer Museum- Lincoln

The Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum was incorporated in 1994 and officially opened in October 1996. It was created through the hard work of many local Pioneer volunteers, a grant by the Independent Telephone Pioneers Association (ITPA) and funding and support from Aliant Communications. The museum is named for Frank S Woods Sr. (1868-1952) who founded Lincoln Telephone Company in 1903. The company began serving 1,800 Lincoln customers in June 1904. Telephony, an industry publication, praised the new company as "the first large automatically operated telephone exchange west of Chicago."

Location: 2047 M Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Phone: 402 436-4640

Hours of Operation Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m. Closed on all major holidays. Special tours upon request. Admission is free. Goodwill donations are gratefully accepted.

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Shoemaker's Truck Stop & Gas Station Museum - Lincoln

Restaurant/store is filled with petroliana. They have more than 30 gas pumps, including a Tokheim 850, Wayne 492, Fry 117, Wayne 60, Dayton 50, Hawyeye-Dart and more. A "must visit" for gas station memorabilia enthusiasts.

Location: 4800 West O Street, Lincoln, NE

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Museum of Nebraska History - Lincoln

This remarkable history museum features over 10,000 years of the history of the peoples and cultures of Nebraska From the first Nebraskans (the American Plains Indians), to the settlement of the state by a hardy pioneer people, the museum offers exhibits of many fine collections of Native American artifacts, early pioneer heirlooms, memorabilia, and historical images & documents related to the history of the state of Nebraska. Located at 15th and P Streets in Lincoln, NE.

Location: 15th and P Streets Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

Hours: Year round: 9 - 4:30 Tuesday - Friday 1 - 4:30 Saturday and Sunday

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The Museum of the Odd - Lincoln

The Museum of the Odd, located in a two-story pink home at 701 Y Street, couldn't be more aptly named. Owner, curator, and artist Charlie Johnson has amassed an astonishing collection of oddities, covering nearly every square inch of his residence, including the floors, walls, and sometimes ceilings. The mind tends to reel with delight when presented with shelves of cartoon-character bubble-bath containers, plastic banks, toy trains, rubber animals, pulp magazines, religious icons, children's books, baseball cards, board games, Halloween and Day of the Dead trinkets, sci-fi magazines and figurines, Mardi Gras beads, and a seemingly endless explosion of ordinary items that assume oddity due to their sheer number and presentation. One visitor described the Museum of the Odd as a massive collection of “shrapnel from the twentieth century's pop-culture explosion.” Be sure to call ahead to make sure Charlie will be home to admit you to his shrine to oddity. The above description is an excerpt from "Nebraska: Off the Beaten Path."

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Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles - Lexington

The museum has about 100 vehicles including helicopters, tanks, halftracks, ambulances, and a jeep from every branch of the service plus displays of weapons, uniforms, engines, equipment, and more. The everyday necessities of a soldier's life, such as MREs, blend with unique vehicles like those used by the German army in World War II.

This hands-on museum invites you to see, touch, and even sit in vehicles that have been restored and, for the most part, are operational. Vehicles date from World War II but displays include items from World War I as well.


Open DAILY except
Christmas and New Year's Day

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday thru Saturday
Sunday 1-5 p.m.

The HMMV is just off Interstate 80
at exit 237 Lexington, Nebraska.

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Neligh Mill State Historic Site - Neligh

Sift through the story of milling in Nebraska and tour a mill with its original 1880s equipment still intact! The Neligh Mill is a surviving reminder of the grist mills that once dotted Nebraska's landscape. Explore the mill, restored mill office, reconstructed flume and penstock, and the remains of the mill dam.

Museum displays explain the history of the Neligh Mill and provide information about other water-powered mills once located throughout Nebraska and the Midwest. Publications available for purchase at the Neligh Mill include the Neligh Mill Cookbook, Water Powered Mills in Nebraska, and a self-guided tour book of the Neligh Mill.

Located at: N St. and Wylie Dr., (402-887-4303)

M-Sat 8-5, Sun 1:30-5 Memorial Day-September 30; M-F 8-5, Sat-Sun by appointment, October-Memorial Day.

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Organized by the Antelope County Historical Society, there are 3 buildings maintained by the society. The main museum is housed in the old county jail. Other buildings include the Pioneer Church and a reproduction log cabin. Artifacts include extensive collections of early documents and photos. The Old Jail Museum is located at at the intersection of Hwy 275 and 6th Street in Neligh, NE. The Antelope County Historical Society is located at 509 L Street.

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Kreepy Klowns

Klown Doll Museum - Plainview 

Plainview is the Klown Kapital (K spelling their's) of the U.S. They have a thorough if not creepy museum to prove it. It's a wacky town all around, complete with an old  fashioned store that you can buy toys from the 50's from and a great bowling alley. Aside from that, they have a crazy fascination with a band called "Klown" and honor it with a annual parade. Perfect setting for a horror flick....


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Pawnee City Historical Museum - Pawnee City

The living history museum is a collection of 16 historical buildings containing artifacts, photos and historic documents related to the history of Pawnee County, Nebraska. Historic buildings include the Curtis House, David Butler's House, a log cabin, the Cracker Box School, the Lower West Branch Schoolhouse and more. Located on East Highway 8 in Pawnee City, NE.


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Mausoleum "Magic Etched in Stone"- Fairbury

The mausoleum, known as McDowell’s Tomb, is located south across the railroad tracks and Rose Creek, and about 1/3 mile west. It was hand-carved into a sandstone bluff by Fairbury resident Nelson L. McDowell, a wealthy bachelor. Nelson McDowell was the son of J.B. McDowell, one of Fairbury’s founders. When standing on "Lookout Mountain" you can see three counties.
Nelson McDowell, spent a decade of his life carving the mausoleum with a hammer and a chisel. The mausoleum has two rooms. Today, the Mausoleum shows the signs of many visitors who have left their own carvings. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission requests that visitors do not mark on the mausoleum walls to protect them for the future.
Nelson L. McDowell died in a car-train accident in Fairbury on September 27, 1937, at the age of 80. He was buried in the Fairbury City Cemetery because, the law prevented him from getting buried in the Mausoleum. Speculations still remain as to if Nelson McDowell really intended to be buried in the Mausoleum or if it was merely a hobby.

Location from Fairbury, Nebraska: 2 miles south on Hwy 15, 3 miles west on Hwy 8, 1- 1/2 miles south on 566 Avenue.

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National Liars Hall of Fame -Dannebrog

The National Liars Hall of Fame was founded in 1896 (or maybe it was 1986) by unknown Dannebrogian Roger Welsch. He was once quoted as saying that the Liars Hall of Fame attracts just under 2 million visitors annually and that it is often compared to the Smithsonian Institution.

Truthfully speaking however, the National Liars Hall of Fame is located in the Lille Mermaid Gift Shop right along Dannebrog's Mill Street. It was moved into the Lille Mermaid building back in 2000. Gaylord Mickelsen and his wife Judy own the business which they started in 1991. The charming store houses a unique collection of Danish imports, novelties, trinkets, collectables, artwork, books and a little bit of this and that, you never know what might be on the next shelf.

The Hall of Fame exhibits its founder's unique collection of books about the exquisite art of lying as well as dozens of strange contraptions and devices. It includes"extensive exhibits on the art of prevarication and metric mendacity, tributes to champions in the field, exhibits, demonstrations, living history presentations, historical panoramas, pageants, parades and publications".

The Lille Mermaid and the National Liars Hall of Fame truly does have something for everyone, honest.

Location: 106 S. Mill St, Dannebrog, NE

Hours: Open Wed-Sat, 9am-5pm. Call ahead for tours of more than 500 visitors.

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Susan La Flesche Picotte Center - Walthill

First Native American woman physician in the U.S., built hospital in 1910 to serve two Indian tribes. In 1912 a new hospital, built for Dr. Picotte with funds received from grants and donations, opened in Walthill. After Dr. Picotte died on September 18, 1915, the hospital was named in her honor. The hospital served both Native Americans and whites for over 30 years, then served as an elder care center for another 20 years. The hospital existed until the late 1940s. The hospital was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993. It is owned by the Susan La Flesche Picotte Center, Inc., a private, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. It now displays photos and artifacts from Dr. Picotte's life. Named the Susan La Flesche Picotte Center, it commemorates Dr. Picotte's medical work and her life, dedicated to the welfare of her people.

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Sokol South Omaha Czechoslovak Museum,
2021 U St., Omaha, NE 68107
(402-291-2893) By appointment.

History of Czechs in Omaha. Wheelchair accessible.

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Farm and Ranch Museum,
2930 M St., P.O. Box 398, Gering, NE 69341
(308-436-1989) M-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5, May 15-September 15; or by appointment.

110-acre farm interprets agriculture of the High Plains. Wheelchair accessible.

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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park,
P.O. Box 66, Royal, NE 68773
(402-893-2000) T-Sat 10-4, May 1-Memorial Day weekend; M-Sat 9-5, Sun 11-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day; T-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4, Labor Day-2nd weekend in October.

Observe paleontologists at work, view unique fossil finds. Wheelchair accessible.

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Robert Hillestad Textile Gallery,
234 H.E. Building, University of Nebraska East Campus Mall, Lincoln, NE 68583
(402-472-6370) M-F 10-4.

Textile art exhibits from local and national level. Wheelchair accessible.

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Polish Heritage Center
P.O. Box 3, 226 Carlton Ave., Ashton, Nebraska 68817
Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. During week by appointment.
Please call (308) 738-2260 for appointment.
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VietNam War National Museum
380 South Maple, PO Box 132 Nelson, Nebraska 68961

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Eleanor Barbour Cook Museum of Geoscience
Chadron State College, Chadron, NE 69337
(308-432-6377) Daily 7:30-4:30; or by appointment.
Closed major holidays, spring break.

Rocks, minerals, fossils from the Nebraska panhandle region.

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Grant County Courthouse,
P.O. Box 139, Hyannis, NE 69350
(308-458-2230) By appointment.

Grant County history, props from John Wayne's stunt man, gigantic arrowhead collection.

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Wilber Czech Museum,
102 W. 3rd St., Wilber, NE 68465
(402-821-2183) M-Sun 1-4; closed holidays.

 Three levels of Czech art, furniture, clothes. Wheelchair accessible.

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Trailside Museum,
Hwy. 20 at Fort Robinson State Park, P.O. Box 462, Crawford, NE 69339
(308-665-2730) Daily Memorial Day-September; off-season varies.

Paleontology, geology western Nebraska, 10,000-year-old mammoths. Wheelchair accessible

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Lee's Legendary Marbles and Collectibles
3120 S. Lincoln Ave
York, NE 
N. of I-80 Exit 353
"Million Dollar"" collection and flea market Bargain Barn. Buy, sell and trade marbles, antiques, coins and collectibles. Open Tue-Sun. Summer: 8:30am-6pm; winter: 8:30am-4pm. Donation. 402-362-3320 or 402-362-0103

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Bellevue Pioneer Cemetery
13th Avenue and Lord Boulevard, Bellevue
A tour of this cemetery is a history lesson through time. View the final resting places of many of the families who pioneered Bellevue. Among those buried here are Fenner Ferguson, the first chief justice of the Nebraska Territory; Big Elk, a prominent chief of the Omaha tribe; and archeologist and artist Dr. Gilder. (402) 292-1880

Fontenelle Bank
2212 Main Street, Bellevue
Built in 1856, the Fontenelle Bank today houses a unique collection of early Bellevue memorabilia including an original walk-in vault, exhibits depicting the city’s history, and rare samples of Greek-revival Italianate styling. A year after the bank’s founding, it closed, and the building became the Sarpy County Courthouse. In 1875 it became Bellevue City Hall. (402) 292-1880

Historic Log Cabin
805 Hancock Street, Bellevue
A treasure trove of history, this cabin is believed to have been built in the 1830s. The home has changed hands just a few times with only three families occupying it between 1856 and 1950. The most recent resident lived there for more than 50 years without indoor plumbing or electricity. (402) 292-1880

Old Presbyterian Church
2002 Franklin Street, Bellevue
Step inside this historic building and you're standing in the oldest church building in the state of Nebraska. Nineteenth-century oak pews, antique stained-glass windows, and summer gardens adorn the 150-year-old building. (402) 292-1880  To Reserve for your Event call Joan Farley  402-291-8565

Omaha and Southern Railroad Depot
2402 Clay Street, Bellevue
Back in the mid 1800s, this depot was a hub for commerce and travel. Today, the building stands at a new location adjacent to the Sarpy County Historical Museum. Step inside and discover a pot belly cast iron stove, Morse code telegraph keys, an oak railroad station clock, oak station waiting benches, trunks, maps, pictures, and a station safe. (402) 292-1880

Portal School
242 N. Jefferson, Papillion
Get a lesson on history in this one-room schoolhouse built in 1890. The school was constructed south of the township of Portal, Nebraska, in Sarpy County. Due to frequent flooding, the town was abandoned with most of the residents moving to nearby Papillion. (402) 292-1880

Sarpy County Historical Museum
2402 Clay Street, Bellevue
Trace the history of Sarpy county from the original American Indians to its present-day residents. Exhibits include the history of the fur traders and missionaries, period rooms, early agricultural pursuits, and a scale model of Fort Crook—now Offutt Air Force Base. (402) 292-1880

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Museum of Nebraska Art - Kearney


art representing the work of artist-explorers like George Catlin; early Nebraskans Robert Henri and J. Laurie Wallace; modern era artists Grant Reynard and John Falter, and artists of today. MONA also displays a collection of works by John James Audubon focusing on indigenous Nebraska wildlife. The permanent collection contains over 5,000 works by artists of regional, national, and international importance. MONA is housed in a 1911 Renaissance revival building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


the art of Nebraska! MONA has been home of the state's official art collection since 1979. You'll see Nebraska in a whole new way in eleven galleries. Visitors may also relax and stroll outside through the Cliff Hillegass Sculpture Garden, browse through the Museum Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, and visit our Hitchcock Education Gallery.

Museum of Nebraska Art Shop

features an array of unique items including one-of-a-kind jewelry, children's section, original artworks as well as cards and literature celebrating art, creativity, and life in Nebraska. Open during public hours. The Museum Shop accepts Visa, MasterCard, checks, and cash.

LOCATION: 2401 Central Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847

Just minutes north of Interstate 80, with plenty of free parking on the north side of the Museum.

HOURS: Tue. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun.: 1 - 5 p.m., Closed Mondays and major holidays.

ADMISSION: Free of charge and open to the public. Donations are appreciated and help keep the Museum free for all.