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Strategic Air and Space Museum in Omaha, NE: Be awed by military aircraft and nuclear missiles

At the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Omaha visitors are able to take in some amazing sights and sounds and learn lots about life in the air. The museum is the perfect location for fans of aviation technology, air travel and military power, and is suitable for groups of visitors both young and old. All of the exhibits have been chosen with education and information in mind and this really shows while you are exploring. With all of the facilities that visitors would need, including a large car park for motorcoaches, you will be able to have a great time during your stay. The aircraft exhibits are some of the most popular and there are more than 15 fullsize airplanes on display, including: a B-1A Lancer, the F-101B Voodoo and the XF-8F Goblin. Go to the Spacecraft section to discover more about what space missions are really like and see the Apollo Boilerplate, the Apollo Command Space Module (CSM) 009 and the Atlantis Shuttle Trainer. Permanent exhibits look at war and air travel and are very thought provoking such as the Searching for Humanity: Veterans, Victims and Survivors of World War 2. (Image credit: Asten Rathbun) Add to this children’s education in the form of day camps, summer camps and workshops and you can see why so many people come here each year. The site is large but can be walked around with ease, and to get even more from your time here a tour is recommended. So to learn more about air and space travel a visit to the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Omaha is the perfect day...

The Durham Museum in downtown Omaha: Immerse Yourself in the History of the American West

The Durham Museum in Omaha, a fabulous Art Deco construction first opened way back in 1931, is located in the Union Station building. This stunning building was once a station that saw millions of people pass through its doors. Today the Durham Museum welcomes visitors from all over the country and the globe who want to explore the permanent and temporary exhibitions which range from the traditional to the amazing. The museum is open 7 days per week and it is ideal for visitors of any age and, thanks to the parking facilities which easily handle motorcoaches, large groups can easily be accommodated. Some of the often-changed temporary exhibits include: Women Who Rock and Girl Scouts, while the permanent ones include the Baright Home and Family Gallery, Bishop Clarkson Community Gallery and The Union Gallery Station. While entrance to the museum is free to Members, other visitors will have to pay an entrance fee. Groups from schools are well catered for here as there are educational exhibits and lectures that are very interesting. It is possible to choose from children’s programs, group tours, home school information, teacher resources and so much more. All of these together, plus the exhibits make a trip to the museum even more enjoyable. While you are in the building you can also visit the museum shop where you can pick up a variety of different mementos of your experience. Once you have completed your tour of the museum and are in need of refreshments, why not head on to the Soda Fountain and Candy Shop where you will be able to pick up a few...

Orpheum Theater: Take in a show at Omaha’s Historic Auditorium

The Orpheum Theater in Omaha is steeped in history, which is why so many people want to pay a visit when they are in the area. The site of the theater was first used as a branch of the US Army headquarters before being opened in 1898 as the Creighton Orpheum, the name was then shortened to The Orpheum. After a 1927 fire, the building was rebuilt at a cost of $2 million, and in 2002 the theatre was renovated back to its former glory. It is in these stunning and opulent surroundings that visitors can enjoy theatrical performances ranging from family shows to serious dramas. Just stepping into the Orpheum Theater makes you feel as though you have travelled back in time. From the highly decorated walls and ceiling of the Grand Lobby through to Slosberg Hall, which is the main auditorium to the Ticket Omaha Box Office you will be astounded at the care which has gone into restoring this theater. In fact such care has been taken that out of all of the fixtures, fittings and decorative items, 85% of them are originals which have been in the building for almost 100 years. Inside the theater you can spend a little time in the Weaver Lounge before watching one of the performances. Here you can sample the complimentary beer, soft drinks, wine and refreshments before heading into the main auditorium in time for the show. There is ample parking which makes this venue perfect for anyone who is travelling by coach. In addition to being able to go to The Orpheum Theater to watch performances it is also...

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park: Experience the ancient past!

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park provides the ultimate “into-the-past” experience – there’s nowhere else quite like it. About 12 million years ago the area was blanketed in a thick layer of volcanic ash, which had an absolutely devastating effect on the area wildlife. Large numbers of the ancient creatures died immediately, with many more perishing over time, and many of the skeletons of these long-dead beats were preserved. These remains form large parts of the many exhibits here at the park. Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park is filled with lots of fantastic things to do and is suitable for all ages. Visitors can enjoy time at the Dickinson Fossil Heritage Center which has many interactive exhibits including bone puzzles and a fossil dig for children, a look at what causes petrified wood, and information on the Nebraska river system which is very remarkably interesting. The Hubbard Rhino Barn is another area of the park that you will want to discover, especially if you are a budding palaeontologist. Here visitors can watch as a real, live archaeological dig takes place! This is truly something to experience, and you never know, you might even see new fossils being unearthed during your trip! There are also slideshows and videos which you can view that will keep you up to date on the work that is going on in the park. These make sure that no one misses out on any of the amazing finds that have been uncovered here over the years. The Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park is certainly worth visiting and it is ideal for family days out, school trips,...

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Take a trip to the very edge of space when you visit the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum! This museum is packed full of absolutely amazing things to see and do, and there is even an Air and Space Camp for budding space explorers. The opening hours of the museum are from Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and on Sundays from 12.00pm to 5.00pm. On the second Saturday of each month there is a Cockpit Demo. This fascinating experience is an absolute must for anyone who has a particular interest in air & space travel. In addition to this there are many other events held throughout the year such as Storytime in the Exploration Station – a whole lot of fun and a perfect experience for those younger visitors on their first voyage to the stars. The exhibits that are on show at the museum include displays of aircraft, space and rocketry. There are also some breath-taking restoration projects (helped along by volunteers). If this is something that interests you, why not ask to join in? You may be picked to help on a project! There is a large car park that is attached to the museum, so if you are planning on travelling as part of group you will be able to get in and out with ease. As you will see, the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is an amazing place to visit that will capture the imagination of everyone who goes there. If you would like to bring a group to the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space...

The Governor’s Mansion in Lincoln, NE

The Governor’s Mansion in Lincoln is the perfect setting for a really interesting day out revolving around politics and history, making it a great choice for older students, political-enthusiasts and history buffs alike. The mansion is a proud Georgian Colonial building that has been gradually modified over the years since it was built back in 1957. Although it is still the official residence of the Governor of Nebraska, it is a popular attraction and you can enjoy well-organised and informative guided tours of the building. The Governor’s Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 which means that it has a protected status and so cannot be altered or knocked down. Tours of this impressive 31-room mansion are scheduled every half hour, but only on Thursday afternoons. So if you want to guarantee your place on a tour you should definitely book in advance. As you can imagine, this is even more important if you are planning a visit with a group. Once on the tour, you will be shown the inside of the mansion. Prepare to be astounded by the stunning architecture of this remarkable building. In one of the rooms there is a great doll collection, which includes the state’s first ladies wearing their inaugural gowns. This is both interesting and fun, one of the many unexpected but pleasant little touches around the mansion. So if you wish to learn more about the political history of the State of Nebraska, the Governor’s Mansion in Lincoln is a fantastic place to visit and will be enjoyed by all who come. If you would like to...

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