A July 2001 trip
to Omaha by zabelle
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.
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.
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 to Egypt", Tiepolo (the son) St Joseph and the Christ Child done in wonderful soft pastels.
There is a beautiful Nattier of the Duchese Lambese, she is wearing a red sash that compliments her rosy lips and silver dress. There is a strangely gray portrait by Reynolds (he experimented with pigments and some of them changed over the years) alongside a beautiful Hoppner and a Raeburn. There is lovely American furniture spaced throughout the rooms.
Impressionist’s works by Degas, Monet, Pissarro and Renoir. Americans Mary Cassatt, James Peale and Childe Hassam are also represented. There is a small but poignant Winslow Homer of a soldier meditating beside a grave, a silent testimonial to the tragedy of the Civil War.
For those who prefer something a bit more modern there is Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann and George Segal.
One area of particular note is the Western Art Collection which includes the watercolors and prints of Karl Bodmer done on his journey from 1832-34 on the Missouri River frontier. There is also a beautiful Remington Bronze "Bronco Buster". Included in this same area are some fine examples of native bead work moccasins and leggings, some over 100 years old.
This museum has something for everyone including a nice cafe and a very nice gift shop.
The museum is open Tues-Sat. 10-4. Sun Noon-4. Entrance is $6.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2001
Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge St
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
+1 402 342 3300
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 been like in times past. We were delighted and frankly I wished I had a child with me to share it.
There is a audio/visual show that runs every few minutes and you can sit through it to learn about the history of Omaha. It was very interesting.
Our favorite, except for the ice cream soda was the recreated rooms. Its as if the walls have been cut off one side of homes and you get to see how a family would have lived starting in Victorian Times until the 50's. There is even a Indian Lodge that you get to walk through.
Another fascinating collection was a hugh collection of lunch boxes, yes, all those ones we took as kids whether it was the Lone Ranger, Power Ranger, Holly Hobby or Bionic Man. We spent quite a while reminscing at this display. Allow yourself several hours to enjoy this museum, it's well worth it.
Durham Western Heritage Museum
801 South 10th St
Omaha, Nebraska 68108
(402) 444 5071
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 enter the campus and the last thing you see when you leave.