Joslyn Art Museum is one of the nation’s outstanding visual arts centers. It has a noted collection of western art and artifacts, which are housed in a striking marble structure in Omaha. Another noted art museum is the University of Nebraska Art Galleries in Lincoln, which specializes in American art. Also located on this campus is the University of Nebraska State Museum, which has natural history displays, including one of the world’s largest mammoth fossils. The Museum of Nebraska History in Lincoln has exhibits covering the history of the state.
Fossil collections may also be seen at the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Harrison. Outstanding pioneer history and natural history collections are displayed in the Oregon Trail Museum at the Scotts Bluff National Monument and in the Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Hastings. In Minden is a fine private museum, Pioneer Village. History collections may also be seen at the headquarters of the various county historical societies, in the Museum of the Fur Trade near Chadron, in the Durham Western Heritage Museum in Omaha, and in the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island.
Most of Nebraska’s population is served by one of 276 tax-supported public library systems. The statewide extension services of the Nebraska Library Commission supplement the activities of the local libraries.
The state’s public libraries annually circulate an average of 8.8 books for each resident. The oldest library is the Nebraska State Library, which is chiefly a law library. The largest library belongs to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Other large collections are in the Omaha Public Library, Lincoln City Libraries, and the libraries of Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. "Nebraska" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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