Josyln Museum Omaha

Omaha is the proud home of the largest museum in Nebraska: Joslyn Art Museum. With permanent collections from Claude Monet, Dale Chihuly, Edgar Degas and other great artists, this nationally renowned museum is a must-stop if you are in the Omaha area.

Recent buzz about the museum is high, as June 2009 marked the opening of a magnificent sculpture garden, a project that has been under way for three years. Joslyn is excited about this new addition, which allows its guests to enjoy both the arts and nature.

Below find a review and guide for the outstanding Joslyn Art Museum. It will help you get a feel for what to expect when visiting.

* General facts

Founded in the early 1930s by Sarah Joslyn as a memorial to her husband, Joslyn is still housed in its original Art Deco structure. The magnificent building is artwork in and of itself, as it is composed of 38 different marbles. These marbles were imported from seven different countries, and create a stunning visual effect.

As mentioned above, Joslyn is home to several permanent collections, with many originating in Europe and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Somewhat unique to this museum is its homage to Midwestern artists.

For the history buff in you, there is a world-famous exhibit featuring paintings from Swiss artist Karl Bodmar. His watercolors document his travels along the Missouri River in the early 1800s with a crowned prince.

Joslyn is a large complex, and features rotating exhibits as well. It also supports performing arts, as it is houses a large concert hall. There are other attractions as well, including a popular gift shop and cafe. New additions include the previously-mentioned sculpture garden, which has just opened.

For those who wish to visit, the museum is open six days a week. It is closed on Mondays and on major holidays. For more details on hours, visit Joslyn’s official website.

* Permanent collection

Joslyn’s permanent collection includes artwork from all over the world. It is a vast collection with over 10,000 pieces of art. While the focus is on American and European work created in the past two centuries, the museum also features art from earlier times.

An entire list of artists who contributed to the collection can be found online as well as representations of their work. Some names with which you may be familiar include Jackson Pollock, Claude Monet, George Segal and Pierre August Renoir. World renowned glass-blowing artist Dale Chihuly is also part of this fabulous and diverse collection.

One of the highly popular attractions is the aforementioned Swiss artist Karl Bodmar. His watercolors bring to life the Missouri River as it was many years ago. You can go back in time as you observe the scenes so vividly captured by Bodmar.

* Current exhibitions

Do you have a love of reading that you are trying to pass on to your children? If so, you will be enthralled by a current exhibition at Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books.

This magical exhibition features the original illustrations and artwork that became part of the Little Golden Books, which emerged during World War II. Read your children the classic The Poky Little Puppy, and then enjoy showing them the original art from the book!

The other current exhibition is titled River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte. This amazing exhibition features artifacts that were found by University of Pennsylvania anthropologists during a dig at a cemetery in Sitio Conte, Panama.

* More at Joslyn

Joslyn offers many other incredible things for you and your family. Its concert hall regularly features musicals and lectures that are both stimulating and entertaining. There are various events throughout the year, including reading programs and planned community days.

Joslyn is truly an amazing museum, which turned out to be a gift not only in memory of the late George but also a gift for all who visit. If you are in the Omaha area, you will definitely want to spend some time here.