Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street brings the world-famous Smithsonian museum to communities across Nebraska.  These changing exhibitions focus on our national history and culture. Working with small museums, libraries and other hometown organizations, Humanities Nebraska develops events around these traveling exhibitions. By combining resources, Museum on Main Street brings quality cultural programs to rural citizens and sparks lasting professional improvement for small-town cultural organizations.

Museum on Main Street is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and state humanities councils nationwide that serves the small-town museums and citizens of rural America.

Humanities Nebraska presents “WATER/WAYS” in 2018-19. Apply now as a community host (see box at right).


For June 2018 and April 2019, dive into the world’s most important resource: water. “WATER/WAYS,” the next Museum on Main Street to tour Nebraska, will explore the relationships between people and water: water as both a critical resource and scared symbol; as a subject of politicians, economists, authors, and artists; and as a source of food, work, recreation, and celebration.

Invite your community to immerse itself in the environmental, cultural, and historical components of water by applying to host “WATER/WAYS”. The exhibit is especially designed for small museums, and offers a unique opportunity for close communities to learn about the element together.

Sites will be selected from a pool of candidates to host the exhibit for five or six weeks. Selected sites will receive support and materials from Humanities Nebraska and the Museum on Main Street program of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Sites will be asked to help promote the exhibit, develop a companion exhibit about their community’s own history, and offer educational programming. Apply for your chance to host “WATER/WAYS” today!

More information about sponsoring “WATER/WAYS” between June 2018 and April 2901 is available at or by contacting Mary Yager at (402) 474-2131, or

The application deadline is February 28, 2017.




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