Joslyn Art Museum

Established: 1931
Physical Location/Address: 2200 Dodge Street
City: Omaha
County: Douglas
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm; late until 8 pm on Thursday. Closed Monday and major holidays.
Organization’s Phone: (402) 342-3300
Link to website or Social Media: or on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, & Instagram @joslynartmuseum
Special events or exhibits relating to Nebraska’s 150: Joslyn offers free, docent-guided tours of its Art of the American West collection, showcasing American Indian artifacts such as moccasins and jackets, stunning landscapes by Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, and the world-renowned watercolors and prints of Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, who documented the 1830s Missouri River frontier. February 12 through May 7, 2017, Joslyn presents Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art, the first major exhibition to explore American artists’ fascination with hunters, fishermen, and the sporting life in paintings and sculptures from the 1820s through the 1940s. Private, docent-guided tours of Joslyn’s collections and exhibitions may be arranged for student and adult groups of ten or more. Visit for details.
Description: A cornerstone of Omaha’s cultural life for 85 years, Joslyn Art Museum has played an important role in the lives of generations of families across Nebraska. Joslyn is home to many of the state’s most significant cultural resources and is internationally-known for its important and diverse collections. Visitors to Joslyn find art ranging from ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Asian objects to new work by established and emerging contemporary artists.

The Museum’s founder, Sarah Joslyn, and namesake, George Joslyn, loved their adopted home state. George made his fortune here in the newspaper business and the Museum’s 1931 building is adorned with carvings and inscriptions celebrating the press, civic leadership, and George’s character. Also honored are the Plains Indians — four external relief panels, abstracted thunderbird motifs in the fountain court and Founder’s Room, and an awe-inspiring Sioux warrior sculpture at the Museum’s entrance all reflect on the life and culture of tribes indigenous to Nebraska and the Great Plains. Joslyn’s grounds feature sculpture gardens, including work by Nebraska artists Jun Kaneko and Sidney Buchanan, that brim with plants, grasses, and trees native to the state.

In addition to the fountain court, sculpture gardens and nearly 20 galleries, Joslyn features a 1,000–seat concert hall, education technology gallery, lecture hall, classrooms, café, shop, and Art Works, an interactive space for art exploration. Details about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, events and programs for kids, teens, and adults can be found on the web at