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Address: 1330 N. Burlington Ave, Hastings, NE, Hastings, NE 68901
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+1 402-461-2399
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Museum and IMAX theater complex that features a natural history collection...

Museum and IMAX theater complex that features a natural history collection of fossil and mineral displays, American Indian items and bird exhibits.

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This museum is very fun and has a lot of things to look at. My favorite part of the museum is the Kool-Aid part. I liked how it smelled like Kool-Aid when you first walked up to... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2016
Brianna A
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24 reviews
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Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

This museum is very fun and has a lot of things to look at. My favorite part of the museum is the Kool-Aid part. I liked how it smelled like Kool-Aid when you first walked up to it.

Thank Brianna A
Lexington, Nebraska
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 16, 2016

Just like I remembered as a kid, but even better with some updates to the firearms collection. Take your family and visit.

Thank Mercuryman68850
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23 attraction reviews
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Reviewed December 17, 2015

A docent at another museum suggested this. We drove about 30 minutes to get to the museum and glad we did. Did not realize these contributions Nebraskans made to my life. I remember Cliff's Notes from high school! The 'smell-o-vision' of the Kool Aid exhibit was an added bonus. Wide variety of items from doll houses, to antique weapons, to... More 

Thank PatCincinnati
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84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2015

The museum building, some of the more recent exhibits, and the IMAX theater are more than you might expect from a town the size of Hastings. This is in part due to Kool Aid corporate funding and the Kool Aid exhibit is one of the more interesting in the museum. Beyond that the collection is an eclectic mix of old... More 

Thank Tweentrails
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219 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Had read about this museum by other reviewers but was still amazed by the displays. The attention to detail in the taxidermy room was absolutely beautiful. The handmade dollhouse is worth a trip to the museum alone. Such fine craftsmanship. Loved the koolaid display, the lock stock & barrel room, the pioneer & native artifacts. The only thing I didn't... More 

Thank Laurel M
Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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Reviewed August 27, 2015

We came upon this museum by accident,,but glad we stopped. Hastings is where Kool Aid originated,,,who knew!? Many other interesting artifacts, a planetarium and an IMAX theater.

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Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Nice museum with a large selection of themes. Definitely the best museum in the area. Great family outing while in Hastings

Thank nebjosh
Bloomington, IN
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

This probably one of the best museums on the Pioneers in the United States. If offers a lot of history, exhibits and self guided tours that leaves you in awe of the accomplishments of our pioneers. Definitely a stop for those traveling in this part of the state.

Thank Rick B
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 11, 2015

On our road trip 'out west' we decided to stop at the Hastings Museum. We initially stopped for the "Kool-aid" museum, but were quite impressed with the facility as a whole. There are 3 levels to the museum. We had 3 kids with us (2 teens, 1 preteen), and there was just enough interactive exhibits to keep them engaged. The... More 

Thank mommaneedsatrip
Lakeland, Minnesota
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2015

On our way to the hotel we saw the building and added it to our list of things to see in Hastings. Glad we did. Who would have thought that a museum of this class was to be found in the middle of Nebraska? I understand that dioramas are a thing of the past because they're so expensive but these... More 

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