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“Great place!” 4 of 5 stars
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Nebraska History Museum
15th and P Streets, Lincoln, NE 68508
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Ranked #22 of 50 things to do in Lincoln
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Nebraska, the good life
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I liked this museum, it is very simply laid out, and fun to see the different eras of history. It is a great place for the upper elementary and middle schoolers to see what life was like. Lots of info and FREE!

Visited March 2013
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“Lots of Information, Nice Diaroma Rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I see the reviews here are kind of mixed, but I really liked this museum. (I wasn't traveling with children though) For starters it is free and is a nice walk from the state capitol building - a must see in Lincoln. It has three floors but I spent all of my time on the second floor.

Here the history is laid out from the ancient times, with special attention paid to the Native tribes, Nebraska's admission as a state, and early statehood.

I really appreciated the extra information given on the Native tribes. Did you know that several of the fierce Southwestern tribes - the Apaches and Comanches - were originally from Nebraska? Strife with other tribes forced them out before the European Americans started settling in the area. I've never seen information before on issues and conflicts between native tribes prior to contact with European Americans, so it was refreshing to learn about this - that native history is more than simply, 'uh, they was here when we showed up.'

In the section on early statehood there were several rooms which you could look into (but not walk in) which tried to replicate traditional Nebraska places, such as a sod house and an old soda-pop fountain. I liken them to diaromas, and they were a nice touch.

I understand what one of the other reviewers was saying about how the place felt a bit like a cardboard maze, with partition walls keeping you on a chronological path lined with anecdotes and artifacts. Maybe it wasn't the most elegant presentation, but I didn't mind. Nebraskans seem pretty practical, and this museum reflected that.

I really enjoyed this place, I recommend it.

Visited June 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Nothing special if you know a lot of history, but well done for its size”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I have been to so many plains state's history museums that this one was nothing special. It had a lot about the Native American tribes and pioneer days on the Great Plains. It also had a little about Nebraska's admission as a state. It would be very informative if you had no knowledge of that history. It is clean and free. You do have to pay for parking, however. Allow at least an hour to tour. It has a nice gift shop.

Visited May 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great overview of Nebraska History !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Great overview of Nebraska History !

The exhibits are well done & very well presented.

Gift Shop - a comprehensive selection of quality merchandise.

Visited May 2012
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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“Not great for kids”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

My son took a Civil War class at the History Museum, so he showed us around afterwards. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of 2. The main part of the museum is located on the second floor. While it has a large collection of items, the displays are oddly placed. Visitors have to wind around a maze-like set up made up of office partitions in a big room. The partitions have the items displayed, and while the signage is good, there is no obvious rhyme or reason as to the flow from one display to the next. I feel like if they were going to spend money on the signage and the displays, why didn't they spend the money first to make actual walls to hold the items? It just looks really cheap. And while parts of the museum are really nice, like an earth lodge, a general store, and a sod house, some appear to be just a hodge podge of antiques. The Landmark museum store is very nice, but the interactive room for kids is outdated and boring. It is as if an elderly person set this museum up for elderly people to come and visit. And the entire time, there was a pack of elderly men just hanging out at the front desk, which I didn't understand at all. We will most likely not go back, as this is not a kid-friendly museum.

Visited June 2012
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