7 Must-Do Things

Stuhr Museum


Stuhr Museum isn’t just a destination, it’s a living history experience! No matter if your family is having a ‘stay-cation’ or passing through on a road trip, it’s worth your time to stop on by! Here are just a few of the great things you can do:

1. Explore the “Summer of Gatsby” Exhibit

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous New York tale of love and excess during the summer of 1922 will be showcased during Stuhr Museum’s summer exhibit, 100 years after this fictional masterpiece was written. This exhibit will feature the stories and objects of Nebraska residents that lived during this exciting time as compared to the era and iconic characters as written by Fitzgerald.

This exhibit is located in the Leo B. Stuhr Building, open every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition to this special summer exhibit, architecture buffs will enjoy the sleek, clean lines of the building and the beautiful spiral staircases designed by Edward Durell Stone. Those ready to dive into history will learn more about the Pawnee, the Overland Trails, home life, businesses, and more through the permanent exhibits on display.

2. Stroll through Railroad Town

Railroad Town is open every day now through the fall! Visit with the townspeople to learn about their daily lives in the year 1892? How do manufacturing processes vary from today in the Tin Shop, Planing Mill, Millinery Shop and more? Where do you buy supplies? What would your house look like? These questions and more can be answered during your journey through the town. And there’s always chores to be done at the houses, too. Have you ever scrubbed clothes on a washboard before?

3. Take a Tour

Take in a tour Monday-Friday at 11:00 a.m. each day, highlighting various locations around the grounds, exhibits, artifacts, and so much more! To see what tours are coming up, check out our events calendar.

4. Learn through play at the STEAM Learning Center

What’s so special about the STEAM Learning Center? Well first off, it houses well over 100 antique autos, tractors and farm implements!

Secondly, STEAM stands for ‘science, technology, engineering, art, and math’ in today’s educational field, so we’ve tied these impressive machines to interactive, educational activities for the kids. (Although we won’t tell if the adults play, too!) Try building a tower with blocks and seeing how tall you can make it. Does the size of the base affect the stability of the tower? That’s engineering!

5. Admire Mother Nature’s Beauty

Stuhr Museum spans over 200 acres, meaning you can be immersed in nature! Take a walk through the beautiful Hornady Family Arbor and find flowers sprouting up, feed the ducks, and simply enjoy a nice Nebraska day.


6. Have a Picnic

Bring your lunch or grab a tasty bite to enjoy from the Stuhr Bistro or Silver Dollar! Join us in Railroad Town on the third Thursday each month this summer to learn about picnicking in the past with an immersive experience with our historical interpreters, too!

7. Learn about Pawnee Culture

Visitors can learn about the Pawnee who once lived on the land where Stuhr Museum is located. The Pawnee were a semi-nomadic tribe, meaning they lived in a structure called an earth lodge during part of the year, and they lived in tipis the other part of the year while hunting the bison that roamed the plains. You’ll be able to step into the entrance of our replica earth lodge and take a peek into the lives of the Pawnee during your visit, as well as see exhibits in the Stuhr Building and Fonner Rotunda.

We’re excited to have you visit us at Stuhr Museum! Click here for information regarding our current hours and admission rates. Be sure to check out the daily admission discounts we offer through programs such as Museums for All, Blue Star Museums, AAA, and Veteran’s discounts. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book visits in advance for a reduced admission price.

We also offer a number of membership levels at reasonable rates to get you and your family free admission and other great benefits for a whole year!

And lastly, don’t forget that Stuhr Museum is a unique venue option for your next event! Weddings, baby showers, family reunions, corporate events, and more can be held at the museum. We also offer catering for your event through the Stuhr Bistro!

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