Museum on Main Street brings the world-famous Smithsonian museum to rural citizens across Nebraska. These engaging exhibitions focus on common experiences from national history and culture. Working with small museums, libraries and other hometown organizations, Humanities Nebraska develops events around these traveling exhibitions, triggering meaningful conversations about common experiences of yesterday and today.  

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 by sparking lasting professional improvement for local cultural organizations.

Apply now to host “Voices & Votes: Democracy in  America”

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories. Our democracy demands action, reaction, vision, and revision. From revolution and suffrage, to civil rights and casting ballots, everyone in every community is part of this ever-evolving story – the story of democracy in America.

Communities are invited to apply to host this exhibition now. Application deadline extended to February 28, 2022. Learn more here

On Tour Now: Crossroads: Change in Rural America

Art, photography, artifacts and interactive displays help visitors explore identity, place, community and persistence as numerous changes transformed a once rural America to an increasingly urban and suburban nation. “Crossroads” offers small towns a platform to discuss their own paths and to highlight the changes of the past century and new opportunities for development.  

Crossroads will travel to the following Nebraska communities. Learn more here. 

Kimball • September 11-20, 2021
Tecumseh • October 6-Nov 12, 2021
Falls City •. Nov 19-Dec 27, 2021
Wisner • Jan 6-Feb 11, 2022
Red Cloud • Feb 18-Mar 31, 2022
McCook • April 8 – May 25, 2022
• June 1 – 26, 2022


Call 402.474.2131 to sponsor this traveling exhibition. 

Crossroads: Change in Rural America is sponsored in part by:

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities special initiative, “A More Perfect Union.”

“A More Perfect Union” was created to advance civic education and commemorate the nation’s 250th Anniversary with a goal of helping American’s better understand the world’s oldest constitutional democracy and how our founding ideals are met in a pluralistic society