The Nature Nook

Crawl through a hidden kids-only tunnel. Get a close-up with bugs, butterflies, a Woodhouse toad, and a black-footed ferret. Enjoy nature-themed books, games, toys, puzzles, puppets, and more. Real animal mounts and custom murals make the experience immersive. The Nature Nook is an amazing place for kids and families to explore the natural environments of Nebraska.

Explorer Packs

Kids love these themed, interactive backpacks that guide them to specific exhibits on all three floors and engage them in hands-on activities and games. These kits are available for checkout free at the front desk.

Sensory Packs


People of the Plains

This exhibit features a 12-foot tipi furnished with hides and Indian artifacts, plus an 1857 log cabin with pioneer accessories like a cook stove, wash tubs, dress-up clothing, and other gear. You and your cowpokes can enjoy an imaginative adventure on the Central Plains. Is your child already a reader? Check out our People on the Plains floor game that weaves through the exhibit. It profiles the life stories of 6 different characters on the Oregon trail. Where did they finally make their home?

Sensory Panels

A touch-and-feel element has been added to numerous exhibits throughout the museum. There are military uniforms for kids to touch and try on in the Lock, Stock & Barrel exhibit. (The Army helmet makes a great photo op!) Want your child to touch bear claws, deer antlers, bison horns, or an animal skull? Sensory panels have been added to almost every exhibit in our main diorama hall just for this purpose! The 3D paw prints and fur samples are particularly popular.

Scavenger Hunts

Turn your day at the Museum into a search-and-find game. pen-an paper scavenger hunts on multiple themes are free in a case near the Nature Nook. Do your kids love tech? Try GooseChase! This app blends together the tried-and-true fun of a scavenger hunt with mobile technology. Teams compete using their smart phone with a mobile application, collecting photos to score as many points as possible in the time allowed. Participants are arranged into teams and individually download the free application on their phones. Next, they login and join the game. Stop in and give it a try with your family. Ask for details at the front desk.

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