Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Housed in a building just as beautiful as the art it contains, Joslyn Art Museum features a variety of art from medieval to modern.  The early twentieth-century Art Deco building, featuring a beautiful courtyard fountain, was Sarah Joslyn’s memorial to her late husband and a gift to the people of Omaha.  You can read more about the Joslyn family and the history of the museum here.

Both general admission and parking are free. The museum opens at 10 AM  Tuesday through Sunday and usually closes at 4 PM, though on Thursdays they remain open until 8 PM. They are closed on Mondays and major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. A cafe and a gift shop are available in the building.

 

 

Girl in front of glass sculpture
Chihuly glass at Joslyn

 

Exhibits include European art, Asian art, American art, Greek pottery, a sculpture garden and more. Artists represented include Edgar Degas, Camille Pisarro, Mary Cassatt, Albert Bierstadt, Jackson Pollack,  Claude Monet, Dale Chihuly, Auguste Renoir, El Greco, and John Singer Sargent.  

While the older Tumbleweeds were enjoying all those works, the younger ones particularly enjoyed the hands-on activities in the children’s ArtLab on the lower floor.  Children of all ages can use a brush on a screen to create digital art or use dry erase markers to decorate a Greek-style amphora.  There were also books and cozy reading nooks along one wall.

We also enjoyed an exhibition of quilts from Vermont’s Shelbourne Museum. This special exhibition was not included in general admission, but the $10 adult ticket was very reasonable, especially since the children’s admission was free of charge. This exhibit included a variety of both antique and contemporary quilts some purely decorative, others created for everyday use. 

 

Dandelion embroidered on white quilt
One quilt on exhibit featured embroidered birds, butterflies, and flowers

Another temporary exhibit we enjoyed, which was included with general admission, was stereographs and photographs from the American west during the construction of the transcontinental railroad.  Both of these exhibits will be at the Joslyn through the end of 2018, so if you’d like to see them, go soon! We certainly hope to spend more time at the Joslyn on a future visit.