Good Times on Ice!

The Glaciarium is currently closed.

We had so much fun with skaters making memories at the Glaciairium last winter, but it’s time to say, “see you next season!” The Glaciarium will return to operation in winter 2023.


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, 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. We recommend bringing an extra pair of socks along in case you need to wear a larger size. All sizes listed are adult sizes. The sizes and quantities 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

If you 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.

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!

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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