Essential ‘Field Trips’ in Lincoln

Essential Lincoln 'Field Trips'Do you remember just how special it was to take field trips during school? An excuse to break out from behind the desk, change up the regular routine and learn something exciting was well worth a bumpy trip on the school bus. But, even better news for adults: You can now skip the school bus and chaperone yourself on some wonderfully educational field trips around Lincoln!

Anyone who has a lifelong sense of curiosity and a love for learning will find plenty to do here in Nebraska’s Capital City. Here are a few subjects to brush up on…

Ace a Test on Local Government at the Nebraska State Capitol:

Residents of Lincoln may see the unique capitol building on a daily basis, but it certainly deserves more than a passing glance. Open daily with tours available on the hour, you can learn about Nebraska’s unique unicameral legislature, the history of the building and more.

Pay the Governor a Home Visit:

Strategically located nearby the capitol building to allow a quick commute for Gov. Pete Ricketts is the historic Governor’s Mansion. Sitting on an entire city block, the imposing residence in a “Modified Georgian Revival” style was rebuilt in 1957. (There were two previous governor’s mansions that didn’t stand the test of time.) Tours are available from 1-4 on Thursdays with reservations recommended.

Get a Lesson on Aerodynamics at the Museum of American Speed:

With 135,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Museum of American Speed offers plenty to learn about the history of automotive racing. Founded by “Speedy” Bill Smith and maintained by his four sons, it has a way of making a car enthusiast out of anyone. Tours are available at 1 p.m. on weekdays.

Buff up on Culture at the Sheldon Art Museum:

With regularly changing exhibits, there is almost always something new to see and learn at the Sheldon Art Museum. This January, new exhibits on “Small Abstractions,” “Sheldon Treasures” and “Person of Interest” are moving into place. Tours are available on a daily basis with requests recommended at least two weeks in advance.

Study Science Trivia at Morrill Hall:

With the world’s largest articulated mammoth, the University of Nebraska State Museum makes quite an impression on visitors of all ages. With fascinating permanent and temporary exhibits as well as a planetarium, you can make a full day of a visit. The museum is self-guided with plenty of information available to inform your tour.

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