Sightseeing in Omaha

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When the Joslyn Art Museum opened in 1931, more than 25,000 people lined up to see the exhibits. It had taken three years of construction and $3 million to create the splendid art-deco building, which was inlaid with more than 38 types of marble imported from around the world. The force behind this enormous effort was philanthropist Sarah Joslyn, who had the building built in honor of her late husband. But instead of standing front and center, Sarah quietly mixed in with the crowd. "I am just one of the public," she said to people who recognized her.

Sarah truly viewed the museum as a gift to the people of Omaha. And for more than 80 years, they've cared for it like one. With the 58,000-square-foot addition addition of the Walter & Suzanne Scott Pavilion, a sculpture garden, and other enhancements, the museum has grown with time. Visitors today find more than 11,000 works of art inside, with collections and exhibitions that include pieces of ancient Greek pottery, Renaissance and Baroque paintings by Titian and El Greco, and Impressionist works by Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet.

After admiring the peasant portraiture of 19th-century French realist Jules Breton, guests can cartwheel over to a collection of 18th- and 19th-century American artwork, which includes portraits by James Peale and landscape images by Thomas Cole. Pieces from the 20th century from artists such as Grant Wood transition visitors into viewings of more contemporary works or attempts to find a 3-D Magic Eye picture in Jackson Pollock's Galaxy.

2200 Dodge St
Omaha,
NE
US

Expert custom framing and shadow boxes. We can frame anything, you name it we frame it.

16944 Audrey St
Omaha,
NE
US

During its annual art auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts fills its underground gallery and first-floor gala space with 444 creative projects from more than 250 local, national, and international artists. On both days, guests can bid live, silently, or telepathically for artwork, which includes everything from stark landscape photos taken by Omaha-based Robert N. Gilmer to bead-adorned Third Eye Dolls from Oakland, California native Flo Oy Wong to frenetic oil paintings from German-born Wolfgang Faller. All funds raised during the auction will go to the Bemis Center, supporting the organization's artist-in-residence, exhibitions and community arts programs.

724 S 12th St
Omaha,
NE
US

Legacy Art & Frame edges photographs, prints, and memorabilia with more than 2,000 different frame styles, matting options, and protective glass sheets. Outlining expert Michael Heaton draws on 22 years of experience as he outfits mirrors in heavy gold baroque fashions or complements cubist paintings with sleek contemporary lines and non-glare glass. Shadow boxes elegantly display sports jerseys, pressed flowers, or action figures representing the shadow government, and specialized frame assemblies help guard fading daguerreotypes against further wear and tear. Patrons can also peruse the store’s variegated collection of antiques, which includes lamps, chairs, glassware, and vintage knick-knacks.

111 N 50th St
Omaha,
NE
US

Children 5 and younger enter free with an adult. Ages 6-12 may use this Groupon for admission, tickets for those ages regularly cost $5.

226 Pearl St
Council Bluffs,
IA
US

Lux Center for the Arts’ Date Night art-making classes unite couples for creative collaboration in a laid-back atmosphere. After signing up for a two-hour workshop, held at least one Friday each month, each participating couple will combine brainpower with up to four additional twosomes and an experienced artisan to channel their collective subconscious into nifty collaborative pieces. Monthly meetings highlight different mediums; guests may spin a custom-made swear jar on pottery night to collect FCC donations, paint themselves into historical events, or forge a backup ring to rule them all in the glass fusing class. Feel free to pair up with a blind date, a new friend, or a well-behaved barista in the Date Night art-making classes, which are open to right-brained couples of all skill levels.

2601 N 48th St
Lincoln,
NE
US