3210 N. 6th Street
Beatrice, NE 68310
Phone: (402) 223-3536
Fax: (402) 228-4666
Arts & Museums
National Museum of Roller Skating enlightens visitors on the history of this sport and the accessory, roller skates. This museum boasts of one of the largest collections in the world related to roller skating. Apart from roller skates, the exhibits on display include periodicals, articles, books and other writing on roller skating, photographs, trophies, costumes, videos and other memorabilia related to the sport. The oldest skate exhibited here dates back to 1819. Enjoy your tour around the National Museum of Roller Skating, wheeling through various exhibits.
Located right outside the Haymarket in the Mission Arts Building along with a number of artist studios, this small gallery is reached by crossing a hidden, verdant courtyard that in itself makes the trip worthwhile. Paintings, sculptures and other works of art by the 30 or so artists who collectively operate the gallery are shown as well as works by visiting artists. While exhibits rarely follow a central theme, works shown here are usually contemporary with a whimsical bent. Exhibitions usually change on a monthly basis.
This downtown children's museum is a kid's dream come true. Most of the exhibits are built to allow children to play at doing the sort of things that adults do every day. Kids can pretend to shop at the grocery store, go to the bank or be a radio DJ. In addition to these every day activities, there is a lunar lander exhibit and various interactive high-tech areas. If your children are 12 or older, you can drop them off and do some downtown shopping. Kids younger than 12 must be supervised. Admission to the museum is $3 per person.
Works by prestigious artists like Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol and others adorn the Sheldon Museum of Art and are permanent exhibits here. In addition the museum is also an address to the Sculpture Garden which is part of their permanent collection of more than 10,000 objects.
Located on the University of Nebraska campus, the elegantly beautiful building that houses this world-class Modern American Art museum is constructed of Italian travertine marble and is worth seeing in its own right. The interior of the 1963 building features a naturally lit, spacious and sparsely decorated central hall surrounded by the three wings where the art is displayed. The museum's permanent collection includes representative works by important American artists such as Hopper, O'Keefe, Rothko and Warhol, among others. Two galleries of temporary exhibits are changed monthly. The campus-wide sculpture garden also features important works by America's most prominent sculptors. Admission to the museum is free and there is a small gift shop selling cards, books and posters.
The University of Nebraska State Museum contains priceless exhibits from the state of Nebraska that are several centuries old. Whether you want to explore how evolution unfolded, or learn more about wildlife, flora and fauna, or view some authentic Native American artifacts, this is the place to come to. This museum boasts an exceptional educational program which tries to foster a curiosity in children and adults who can participate in the nature walks, workshops and discussions.
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum has a collection of over 900 quilts. These include quilts not only from the state, the country but also from various other nations of the world. A visit here is a must to find out more about this woven cloth that has been keeping man warm for centuries.