Several museums in Lincoln can help add an educational spin to your visit to the capital city. A few highlights include:

Great Plains Art Museum -- located on the campus of the University of Nebraska, collections at this museum include western artworks including bronze sculptures, paintings and drawings, and photographic works by artists such as Albert Bierstadt, William Henry Jackson, and Frederic Remington. Admission to the museum is free. The Great Plains Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lincoln Childrens Museum -- located at 1420 P Street, this museum is a hands-on museum that will entertain the kids and give them plenty of opportunities to burn off some of their extra energy. Exhibits at the museum include a Lunar Lander, Prairie Dog Town, and Mock Airport. Cost of admission is $6 for adults and children over the age of 2, $5.50 for seniors 62 and older, and free for children under the age of 2. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum of Nebraska History -- located at the corner of 15th and P streets, exhibits at this museum include Nebraskan industries, the history of quiltmaking in the state, the movement toward statehood, and a number of photography exhibits that highligh different stages in the state's history. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A $2 donation is suggested for admission. 

University of Nebraska State Museum -- this museum, located on the campus of the University of Nebraska, features displays on cultural diversity, biodiversity, and paleontology. There is also a planetarium onsite. Cost of admission is $5 for adults 19 and older, $3 for children aged 5 to 18, and free to children 4 and under. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery -- This world renowned art museum was designed with graceful arched porticoes and slender columns by Philip Johnson.  The museum houses both the Nebraska Art Association collection and the University of Nebraska collection.  Together they comprise more than 12,000 works of art in all media.  This comprehensive collection of American art includes prominent holdsing of 19th-century landscape and still life, American Impressionism, early Modernism, geometric abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, pop, minimalism and contemporary art. 

Lentz Center for Asian Culture -- This museum, located next to the Great Plains Art Museum, is dedicated to the enrichment of knowledge and understanding of Asia, and is the only museum in Nebraska devoted solely to Asian Art.  The Center's collections include hundreds of objects covering a wide range of media and a broad geographical area.  The exhibits include pieces from the permanent collection along with 3 or 4 travelling shows a year.

International Quilt Study Center and Muesum -- The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is located on the UNL East Campus, 33rd and Holdrege Streets, Enjoy first-class exhibitions (drawn from quilts dating from the early 1700s to present, representing more than 25 countries), audio tours, virtual gallery, hands-on Discovery Cart, multilingual exhibition, experiences for all ages. Unique shopping. Hours Tues.-Sat.10 – 4:30, Sun.1 – 4:30. Free guided tours Wed 11a. and Sat, 11a & 1p. Fully accessible. . Admission, Adults $6, Children 5-18 $3, 2 Adults with children $12.

Museum of American Speed - Featuring the Smith Collection. This museum is the result of a 60 year passion for auto racing by "Speedy" Bill Smith founder of Speedway Motors. Included are historic cars from the early 1900's all the way up to present day Nascar. Housed at the MAS is the worlds largest collection of vintage racing engines along with hundreds of pedal cars. A must see for anyone, an interest in cars is not required as there is something for everyone. Limited hours. $10.00 admission, guided only tours start at 2:00 PM M-F during spring and summer. Fridays only in off season. Check the web site for more info. Not recommended for young childern.