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Arts & Museums
After Logan was claimed the county seat of Harrison County, this courthouse was commissioned to be built in 1905. Completed in 1911, the Classic Revival stone structure, stretching to three stories, is work of architect Joseph E. Mills. Worth mentioning are the four murals by Frank Enders, of which one was originally put up in the older Magnolia courthouse.
The Union Pacific Railroad Museum houses one of the oldest corporate collections in the United States. Dating to the mid-1800s, the collection includes artifacts, photographs, and documents that trace the development of the railroad and the American West. Original editions of reports from survey teams, surveying equipment, early rail equipment, and artifacts from the construction of the nation's first transcontinental railroad are just some of the interesting items to see at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.
Operating as a museum and a working model railroad display, the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot on the south edge of downtown was constructed in 1899 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Florence Depot was built in 1887, and originally located in downtown Florence, Omaha, at 28th and Grebe street. After its relocation, the depot became an important stop for the Omaha and Northwestern Railroad Company that operated lines between Omaha and Blair, as it was a stop-off point for cargo as well as commuters. However, after it was shut down in 1966, the depot the building went into neglect, and was going to be demolished, if not for the intervention of a local association. Today, the depot serves as an attraction and museum, housing several artifacts and documents, including a caboose and a flat car. Contact for more information.
Owned and operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa and designed and built by the National Park Service and local partners, the Western Historic Trails Center features educational exhibits, maps, films, and sculpture.
The Hot Shops Art Center is housed inside an elaborate set of buildings that comprised a mattress factory. The factory was converted into the center in 1999 by a group of artist studios and investors and now possess approximately 50 art studios, 4 art galleries and three anchor Hot Shops. Considered to be the first of its kind art center, the Hot Shops provides a perfect artistic atmosphere and encourages interaction and relationships among artistic communities. Check their website for event updates.
Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters is a museum that tells the story of the migration of over 90,000 pioneers to the area from 1846 to 1860. Inside you will find a full-sized log cabin along with a covered wagon and handcart. If you choose, there are informative guided tours available. In the winter months there is a festive gingerbread display as well.
At Douglas County Historical Society, you will find the city's history well preserved and protected. The society has three major spaces within namely a museum, a library and a research center. The museum, which is among the oldest in town, is also a space for private parties and events. The library is a treasure trove of sorts with many books, clippings, old photographs, artifacts and old diaries and documents as part of its collection. Events include classes, meetings, lectures and so on. Check the website for further details.
Fred Simon Gallery is one of the most distinguished galleries in Omaha.The topics dealt with at this gallery are mainly social conflicts that are going on in various societies in the world. Thus, through the world of colors and visuals, Fred Simon Gallery shows you the current controversies in today's world. On the other hand, lighter subjects are also dabbled with which is usually for the pure joy of art. A visit to the Fred Simon Gallery is a must! For further details, do visit their website.
Located on the grounds of the former Fort Omaha, this beautiful home dates back to the 1800s. It is closely tied to the U.S. military, acting as headquarters for commanders during the fort's active years. A walk through the front door takes visitors back in time. Furnishings and décor hail from the Victorian era. The Victorian Heirloom Garden also stays true to history, growing flowers representative of those found in the 1880s. The garden can be reserved for private parties.
This self-proclaimed "gallery tucked away in a parking lot" is an artsy conglomeration of paintings, sculptures, glass works, metal works and photography presented in a classic whitewashed, brick-walled setting. The organization strives to provide an outlet for member artists to exhibit their work and local residents and visitors to experience and enjoy these visual arts. Shows change monthly, with member artists exhibiting several times annually. Each year ends with an All-Member Holiday Show. If you are strolling through the Old Market, stop by for a peek.
Passageway Gallery showcases works by local artists in a charming environment. The gallery features works in a wide variety of different mediums, including photography, sculpture, pottery, carvings and glasswork. Many of the works are available for purchase. There is always a local artist present here, and they are very happy to answer any questions you may have.