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Don’t Miss These!

Hastings Museum is filled with thousands of amazing artifacts to ponder – but here are a few of the most popular, the ones we hear “Wow!” from members and visitors alike.

This is a great list for those who have limited time or for experienced Museum visitors who may have overlooked a “Wow!” component in one of our exhibits. Sometimes it’s little things, the hidden gems that bring Life Up Close.


  Martin Brothers Arrow – In a Sioux and Cheyenne uprising in 1864, the young Martin brothers were returning home when they were attacked. They jumped onto a single horse and fled – but not before an arrow went through one and into the other, pinning them together. See the arrow and full story in Lock, Stock and Barrel.
 Rouch and Lang electric car. Hastings Nebraska Museum Electric car - You thought electric cars were just invented? We have one that dates back to 1912! Check out the Rauch and Lang in the Traveling in Style: Antique Vehicles exhibit. Can you guess how much the batteries weighed?
William Jenings Bryan - 1900 Brougham carriage William Jennings Bryan’s 1900 Brougham – With more than 500 speeches given in 1896 alone, Bryan invented what is known as a stump tour! He served in Congress and ran for President. Traveling frequently required a sound vehicle, and his exquisite carriage is on display in Traveling in Style: Antique Vehicles exhibit.
Bison by Lewis Dyche Bison mount – Lewis Dyche (1857-1915) was an explorer. An adventurer. And a taxidermist. His most famous taxidermy work included a horse, Comanche, that survived the Battle of Little Big Horn. Another piece of Dyche’s work is a bison from 1890 on display at Hastings Museum! Find it in Wildlife Diorama Hall.
tylosaurus skull Mosasaur skull – Get up close to the jaws of the most feared creature in the cretaceous sea. Can you spot the second row of teeth? See it in the Cretaceous Sea exhibit.
 Ball point pen pistol jack knife pistol cane gun A Ballpoint pen (shown here), walking cane and a jack knife – They all sound relatively ordinary, right? Or are they? Find out in Lock, Stock and Barrel!
 Passenger pigeon extinct Passenger pigeons – This social bird may have numbered in the billions in the 19th Century but they were extinct by the early 20th Century. Hastings Museum is fortunate enough to have several mounted specimens on display in the Bird Habitat Dioramas area.
 Pawnee Clay Pot Native American pottery Pawnee clay pot – The Pawnee began to develop pottery when they began to have more permanent settlements. Hastings Museum’s pottery dates back some 500-600 years! Find it in People on the Plains.
 Tornado twists wire fence in Hildreth Twisted fence – A tornado roars through farm land near Hildreth, Nebraska, and turns what was a 26 inch high wire fence into a single twisted piece. See it in People on the Plains.
 Giant quartz crystal at Hastings Museum Giant quartz crystal – Direct from an Arkansas cave – notorious for producing crystals even today – is this giant, 16-inch high specimen. While quartz crystals may be common, you won’t find ones of this stature too often! Check it out in Rocks, Minerals and Fossils.