University of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall

645 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State Museum is the state’s premier museum of natural history. The Museum is focused on promoting discovery in natural science, fostering scientific understanding and interpretation of the Earth’s past, present and future, as well as enhancing stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Nebraska through world class exhibits, collections, and special events.


Cherish Nebraska - ALL NEW exhibit floor!
After being closed to the public for more than 50 years, the fourth level of the historic 1920s-era Morrill Hall has been transformed into state-of-the-art exhibits using modern technology. Come face-to-face with an ancient ambush predator that once roamed Nebraska, catch a show on the new five-foot globe, and experience science and natural history in entirely new ways.

Museum Builders: A Story of Friendship and Fossils
Get ready to journey through the new temporary exhibit to learn how two iconic individuals came together to expand the University's Museum, build Morrill Hall, and carve a path for its future.

Bizarre Beasts
Journey back in time to explore the evolutionary forces that caused some of Earth’s most strange creatures to adapt to different environments.

First Peoples of the Plains: Traditions Shaped by Land & Sky
Celebrate Native American cultures of the past and present. Along with the exhibit, see striking portraits of Native American children in traditional regalia by award-winning photographer Don Doll, S.J.

Hall of Nebraska Wildlife
A behind-the-scene’s story about Morrill Hall’s very first mountain lion in the Niobrara Diorama in the Hall of Nebraska Wildlife.


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