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Review of Hastings Museum

Hastings Museum
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1927, Hastings Museum is the largest municipal museum between Chicago and Denver. Featuring a Theatre with a 65-foot wide screen and large domed Planetarium, we house dozens of animal species set in their natural habitats, allowing you to get an up close look at many amazing creatures! We also chronicle the history of the early inhabitants of the Nebraska plains, from paleo-Indians to euro-Americans, while providing a look back at the creatures that used to roam this area and swim in Cretaceous Sea. Of course you'll also discover how Kool-Aid, the famous soft drink invented in Hastings, came to be such a success.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed September 2, 2013

It's about average, lots of stuffed animals that have nothing to do with Nebraska. The rock collection and handful of old cars was cute. Not a lot of hands on stuff for small children. Watch out though, they cashier will round your tab up in the gift shop without asking and call it a "donation". Will be checking my credit card for unauthorized charges here soon.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Cute museum with friendly staff. Loved the Kool Aid display and the old cars. Lots for the kids to see and learn.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

There are many interesting exhibits here. There are wildlife dioramas, ecology, military weapons, antque vehicles, fossils, minerals, and local history including the first settlers on the plains, as well as the history of Kool-Aid. There is also a planetarium, but I did not partake in that. My favorite sections were "Kool-aid" and "People on the Plains". The Kool-aid section covered the history of kool-aid, such as production, packaging and selling, and flavors. There is also a small theater where you can watch kool-aid commercials from the 1950s through today. The People on the plains section was all about local history. There were some displays about ecology, as well as Native Americans, farming, and local businesses, as well as a general store model. This is a great place to spend a few hours.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This museum is a well-kept SECRET! There are very well-done and interesting exhibits on Native Americans, pioneers, guns/weapons, antique cars, Kool-Aid (which was developed here), birds, rocks and minerals, special traveling exhibits, a children's hands-on room, a three story center atrium with life-size models of prehistoric sea creatures "swimming" in the sea, and many other exhibits. ADD TO ALL THIS the planetarium shows and the IMAX-style theatre and you have enough to keep the family busy the entire afternoon. On the museum grounds there are also several beautiful bronze statues, an arboretum, a picnic shelter, a rain-catch garden, a minimal water flower garden, a garden demonstrating various irrigation methods and a number of grave markers from the early years of Hastings' history. One of my favorite places!

2  Thank Pam S
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have had a few company functions there and it is always delightful and easy. The kids get to roam the museum, and we can arrange a movie or a planetarium show. It is inexpensive and a great venue for families.

2  Thank DowneastCornhusker
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