Good Times on Ice!

The Glaciarium is now closed for the season.
We want to thank everyone that came out to skate with us these past few months, and we hope you’ll be back next season!



Do I have to pay museum admission when I come to skate?

During regular business hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily admission is charged. (Remember, Stuhr Museum members get free daily admission!) What this means is that once you’re in the gate, you’ll have access to the entire museum campus! We hope that you’ll take a few minutes to check out the exhibits in the Stuhr Building, Fonner Rotunda, STEAM Learning Center, and more!

No daily admission fee will be charged during evening skate hours (after 5 p.m.), as those buildings will be closed.

Does Stuhr Museum have skates to rent?

We do! Ice skate rental is included in your skating fee, but we have a limited number of each size. If you have bring your own ice skates, we’ll give you a $2 off coupon for your purchase of concessions at the Glaciarium or Stuhr Bistro as long as the skates pass inspection. Please note, toe picks are not allowed as they may damage the synthetic surface. All skates are adult sizes, starting at size one. Sizes available are:

1 5 pairs 8 7 pairs
2 6 pairs 9 6 pairs
3 7 pairs 10 6 pairs
4 8 pairs 11 4 pairs
5 9 pairs 12 4 pairs
6 0 (backordered) 13 2 pairs
7 9 pairs 14 1 pair

How should I dress for ice skating?

The Glaciarium is an outdoor skating rink, so you’ll want to dress according to the weather. Long socks are required when you rent your ice skates from us (although we’d suggest them even in your own so your toes stay warm!)

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Helmets are recommended as a safety precaution, but not required. You’re welcome to bring along your bike helmet or rent one from us if you’d like to wear one.

We also have skate aids available for younger children that can be easily pulled by adults, or pushed by the child as they become more independent skaters. Safety is as important to us as the fun you will have here!

Do you offer group rates or party packages?

Yes! Beginning after January 1, 2022, we are excited to offer group rates for groups of 12 or more! Groups and parties must be booked a minimum of 72 hours in advance. Group packages will include gate admission, skating fee & skate rental, and a treat coupon for each participant.

Groups may book the ice rink outside of our regular hours, subject to availability. For inquiries about dates, please contact Jen at (308) 385-5316 or e-mail

We ask groups have waivers signed in advance to expedite the check-in process. The waiver can be found here.

Please note, a limited number of each size of ice skates is available.

Why do members pay less to skate?

Stuhr Museum members enjoy a number of benefits throughout the year, including free daily admission and discounts for classes, events, and activities. Memberships start at $45 for an individual, $55 for a companion membership, and $65 for a household or grandparent’s membership. For a full list of membership benefits, click here.

Where did the name "Glaciarium" come from?

The name Glaciarium (glay-sheer-ee-um) actually means “a skating rink with a floor of artificial ice”. Believe it or not, the first artificial ice rink was built in London way back in 1841 and bore the Glaciarium name.


What kind of ice is it?

The Glaciarium at Stuhr Museum features modern synthetic ice.

The original Glaciarium in London was created from a mixture of salt, copper sulfate, and hog’s lard. This artificial rink was not open for long, as the odor in warmer months deterred most skaters.

While the idea of an artificial ice rink has deep roots in history, the modern synthetic technology in the Glaciarium at Stuhr Museum won’t leave skaters turning up their noses! This synthetic surface is very similar to skating on natural ice and we’re excited for you to try it out!

For questions concerning the Glaciarium, please call us at (308) 385-5316 or e-mail

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