Omaha Journals

Omaha- Where's the corn?

Best of IgoUgo

A July 2001 trip to Omaha by zabelle

Joslyn Art Museum Photo, Omaha, Nebraska More Photos
Quote: This was our final stop after St Louis and Kansas City and we didn't know what to expect. It turned out to be far more diverse than we ever expected.

Omaha- Where's the corn?

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Angel Doe Photo, Omaha, Nebraska
Quote:
I don't know where I got the idea that Omaha was surrounded by corn fields with stalks reaching as high as an elephants eye, but I was amazed to find a modern city with a first class zoo and a wonderful art museum. A beautiful Renaissance style Cathedral St Cecilia's graces 40th St and Boys Town, made famous by Spencer Tracy in his 1938 movie is just outside town. There are all the usual mall shops but for a different experience you can stroll the historic Old Market. Quick Tips: We visited everything in one day but I would suggest you have 2, we had no choice since we had a party our first day there and we were flying out on the third day. Omaha has its own version of the cow parade. ...Read More

Joslyn Art Museum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Joslyn Art Museum Photo, Omaha, Nebraska
Quote:
The Joslyn Museum was a gift to the people of Omaha from Sarah Joslyn in memory of her husband George. The Joslyns had moved to Omaha from the East and made their money there. They had no surviving children so this museum is their legacy. It is a beautiful art deco building with a magnificent fountain court. In many ways the building is as interesting as the eclectic collection it houses. There are works by Titian (man with a falcon, formerly from the collection at Castle Howard), El Greco (St Francis in prayer) and a haunting realistic St Jerome by Ribera showing the aesthetic saint cradling a skull in his hands with his eyes uplifted to heaven. Claude Lorraine's "Rest on the Flight t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2001

Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge St
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
+1 402 342 3300

Durham Western Heritage Museum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Durham Western Heritage Museum Photo, Omaha, Nebraska
Quote:
This is an amazing place from the moment you enter the restored rail station. There are wooden people sitting and standing around and they are your headphone tour. If you sit next to them or walk past they begin to interact with each other or with you. There are young men who are going off to fight in the Second World War. There is an immigrant boy, there is an older man who is visiting the station for the last time. It is an ingenius way to tell the story and very effective. We loved it. From the lobby you take an elevator down to the other displays. There is a large model train set up and running. There are several railcars that you get to walk through to get a feel for what travel would have...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2001

Durham Western Heritage Museum
801 South 10th St
Omaha, Nebraska 68108
(402) 444 5071

St Cecilia's Cathedral

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Interior shot Photo, Omaha, Nebraska
Quote:
Located at 701 N. 40th St., this is a landmark that is hard to miss, as the beautiful twin towers dominate the skyline as you drive out of Omaha on Dodge Street. The cathedral was built in the Spanish Renaissance style, which is much more common in the southwestern United States and Mexico than in the Midwest. Among the cathedral's outstanding features are the Carrara marble altar and beautiful carved pulpit of mahogany. In the chapel there is a 16th-century stained glass window from Spain. In 1901, plans began to construct a cathedral in Omaha. Prominent Omaha architect Thomas Rogers Kimball took on the task. Construction began in 1905 and continued through 1958. In 1916, enou...Read More

Boys Town

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

He ain't heavy , he's my brother Photo, Omaha, Nebraska
Quote:
Located on Dodge St about 7 miles outside downtown, Omaha Boys Town (now Boys and Girls Town) has been helping troubled children since it was founded by Father Flanagan in 1917. Tours are offered from the visitors center. Unfortunately we arrived too late for a tour but with a little luck and much persistence we were able to find Father Flanagan's grave and enter the Shrine. This is a beautiful campus and just driving through makes you appreciate the work and dedication that went into making it a reality. We need to thank Spencer Tracy for making Father Flanagan and Boys Town household words. The famous statue "He's not heavy, he's my Brother" is the first thing that greets you as you ente...Read More