When art is in the eye of the beholder, it can cause problems such as redness, irritation, and rainbow-colored tears. Observe rogue masterpieces in their natural habitat with today's deal: for $30, you get a one-year family membership to Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha (up to a $60 value). Admission for children 4 and under is free.
The family membership package aggregates a smattering of benefits into an artful conglomeration. The membership covers two adults and dependent children under 18, guaranteeing free admission to the museum as well as to any ticketed exhibitions. It also includes invitations to members-only exhibition openings, a subscription to the museum's quarterly magazine, monthly e-updates, 10% off at the Café Durham and the Hitchcock museum shop, reduced prices for classes and lectures, and more.
Research the museum's 11,000-piece assemblage and plan out a journey of learning, beauty, and regionalism with the museum calendar. Visitors can also simply spend hours wandering in stunned, blissful stupor while taking in the museum's amazing décor.
Joslyn Art Museum
When 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. With the 58,000-square-foot 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.