Morrill Hall is natural history museum tucked in the center of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus. It’s a staple on the class field trip circuit, or at least it was back in my day. And it’s been since “my day” – my grade-school days – since I’ve been there.
That’s a long time ago. Things have changed. Imagine that.
Mr. Wonderful and I packed up the kids and made the short trek to Lincoln recently, and included a stop at Morrill Hall. I figured dinosaur bones and wooly mammoths would fascinate my kids.
They kinda cruised by all that.
They found other things to love more there, though.
The Science Discovery area in the basement of the museum turned out to be the big winner of the day. I didn’t even know this room existed!
Mooch loved dusting and scooping in the archaeological dig site, the toy dinosaurs and puzzles; Farley enjoyed the the large tree in the room and playing the “guess the scent” game.
The basement also features displays of native animals in their natural habitats (and some not remotely native ones). Both kids seem to really like this area, especially when they could push buttons to hear animal noises.
On the top floor of the museum, you can find more interactive exhibits.
These were a little above the kids’ heads, but we spent a lot of time here regardless.
The main floor of the museum is where you’ll find all the fossils and large exhibits, as well as the planetarium. Stop by planetarium and have your kids step on the special scale.
I liked the main floor the most. So much history from our state from millions of years ago!
I marveled at what fossils have been found in the state; the kids spent the time running from room to room.
I guess in their own way, they enjoyed themselves.
Did you know?
Plan a visit:
Celebrate the affiliation and check out the new traveling exhibition on Feb. 22. “Titanoboa: Monster Snake” opens on Feb. 22 – it’s there through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and will remain in Elephant Hall until Sept. 7. The exhibit delves into the discovery, reconstruction and implications of the largest snake in the world, Titanoboa cerrjonensis.
Where: 645 N. 14th St., Lincoln, Neb. There is FREE parking immediately north of the museum. Visitors are required to register their license plate and vehicle information in a log at the front desk.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – open late on Thursdays until 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Planetarium closed on the same days as Morrill Hall, also closed on Mondays and UNL home football Saturdays.
Cost: Adults 19 and older, $6 ($9 to include planetarium); children 5-18, $3 ($5.50 to include planetarium); families of 2 adults and children/grandchildren 18 and younger, $13; children 4 and younger, FREE ($2.50 to include planetarium); UNL students and faculty, FREE ($3 to include planetarium)