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Hastings Museum

1330 N. Burlington Ave, Hastings, NE, Hastings, NE 68901
+1 402-461-2399
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A gem to be discovered...

In the 38 years I have lived in Hastings I, like many residents of communities with wonderful... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2016
Hastings, Nebraska

I never knew Koolaid was invented there! Definitely a fun experience! I go there almost every... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2016
Janie V
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Founded in 1927, Hastings Museum is the largest municipal museum between Chicago and Denver. Featuring a Theatre with a 65-foot wide screen and large domed Planetarium, we house dozens of animal species set in their natural habitats, allowing you to get an up close look at many amazing creatures! We also chronicle the history of the early inhabitants of the Nebraska plains, from paleo-Indians to euro-Americans, while providing a look back at the creatures that used to roam this area and swim in Cretaceous Sea. Of course you'll also discover how Kool-Aid, the famous soft drink invented in Hastings, came to be such a success.
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“kool aid” (32 reviews)
“imax theater” (10 reviews)
“small town” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1330 N. Burlington Ave, Hastings, NE, Hastings, NE 68901
+1 402-461-2399
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

In the 38 years I have lived in Hastings I, like many residents of communities with wonderful attractions, most likely don't visit them often simply because these gems are right under our noses. Well, I took a couple of hours on a rainy day to...More

Thank michaelnI6174PW
Reviewed 15 June 2016

I never knew Koolaid was invented there! Definitely a fun experience! I go there almost every August for the Koolaid Days Fest!

Thank Janie V
Reviewed 7 June 2016

I love going through this museum. Many artifacts to view with reference to pioneers and the hardships involved with early settlers. The number of animals and birds on display is simply amazing. Many of the museum displays were done during the Depression as part of...More

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 13 May 2016

We were totally impressed with the diversity of this museum. It has everything from a wonderful display of wildlife including the most extensive display of birds that I have seen anywhere. It's also has a great KoolAde exhibit as the man that developed it lived...More

Thank Shirley J
Reviewed 11 May 2016

The Hasting museum or as I formally know it (House of Yesterday) from my grade school days when we went on field trip to here. (I am 63 now). This is not just an old museum it is very modern and up to date with...More

Thank roger n
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

This Museum features a large screen theater used to be in IMAX but I think they change their contract still looks great they have some very nice displays first class Museum for a rural area

Thank 90jant
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Hi, we attended a Queen concert at the IMAX portion of the museum it was very good. We will definitely attend more of these events. The museum I have been enjoying since I was very small, probably the most beautiful museum in the Central US.

Thank beaches6484
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

This museum is very fun and has a lot of things to look at. My favorite part of the museum is the Kool-Aid part. I liked how it smelled like Kool-Aid when you first walked up to it.

Thank Brianna A
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Just like I remembered as a kid, but even better with some updates to the firearms collection. Take your family and visit.

Thank Mercuryman68850
Reviewed 17 December 2015

A docent at another museum suggested this. We drove about 30 minutes to get to the museum and glad we did. Did not realize these contributions Nebraskans made to my life. I remember Cliff's Notes from high school! The 'smell-o-vision' of the Kool Aid exhibit...More

Thank PatCincinnati
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