Programs & Events

Event Calendar

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 26, 2020
12:30 pm1:00 pm
Morrill Hall

The opening of the "H2O Today" exhibit will be Sunday, January 26, 2020. Ribbon cutting will occur at 12:45 p.m., after which the exhibit will open for viewing to the public.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
12:30 pm3:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall
Sunday with a Scientist - Don't Eat Me!

Meet a scientist who studies how animals avoid being eaten. Learn how arachnids act as both predators and prey, and examine the antipredator defenses used by spiders and their relatives. Play Harvestmón –a Pokémon-inspired game about the defenses of daddy long-legs. Decorate a web to confuse predators like a trashline orb-weaving spider. Try to get through the tangle web tunnel – a human-sized 3-D cobweb that you can climb through. Compete in a sit-up contest against spiders found throughout Wilderness Park here in Lincoln. Learn about how spider research is done (ever heard of a laser vibrometer?) and see some arachnids up close...or from a distance, if you prefer.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6:30 pm8:00 pm
The Happy Raven - 122 N 11th St
Science Cafe - Sexual Healing: How Our Sexuality Shapes Our Health

Come learn what your high school health class didn’t teach you about how our sexual habits impact our physical and mental health with Dr. Tierney Lorenz, Assistant Professor in the UNL Psychology Department and the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. We’ll talk about how sex changes our hormones, immunity, and stress response - and what the science of sex can tell us about how to improve both our sexual well-being and overall health.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
4:00 pm4:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morill Hall
Pop In Storytime

Pop-into the museum for storytime with Lincoln City Libraries the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Through stories, songs and movement we’ll learn more about the natural world. Everyone is invited to participate in pop-in storytime, however stories and activities are planned for ages 3-5.

Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:30 am4:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall
Dinosaurs & Disasters

Explore tools of the trade in science!

One of Lincoln’s most exciting Earth science learning events for families and adults. Scientists provide hands-on activities and demonstrations to engage visitors in scientific discovery.

Presented by the UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall.

Friday, February 14, 2020
5:30 pm8:30 pm
Morrill Hall

Enjoy food and drinks while exploring the Museum child-free at this adults only event. Special stations will focus on the role of love in the natural world. The planetarium will feature a show talking about Greek mythology and love in the stars. Also, a special exhibit will feature never-before-shared pieces from our Anthropology collection focused on love and weddings across a variety of cultures. These pieces will be on display for this event only. Ticketed event. Tickets on sale soon.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
12:30 pm3:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall
The Science of Hearing

Visitors will learn which parts of the brain are in charge of processing different sounds, and how to protect their ears from noise-induced hearing loss. Children will be able to learn how hearing tests are done, and learn brain anatomy related to sound processing.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to play a computer-based game to learn about hearing speech, sound, and noise. Children will also learn about cochlear implant devices, and how the biopic ear works to restore hearing to individuals who have severe hearing loss.

Thursday, March 5, 2020
4:00 pm4:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morill Hall
Pop In Storytime

Pop-into the museum for storytime with Lincoln City Libraries the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Through stories, songs and movement we’ll learn more about the natural world. Everyone is invited to participate in pop-in storytime, however stories and activities are planned for ages 3-5.

Thursday, April 2, 2020
4:00 pm4:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morill Hall
Pop In Storytime

Pop-into the museum for storytime with Lincoln City Libraries the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Through stories, songs and movement we’ll learn more about the natural world. Everyone is invited to participate in pop-in storytime, however stories and activities are planned for ages 3-5.

Sunday, April 5, 2020
10:30 am12:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall
Sensory Sunday

Children and adults with special needs and their families are invited to attend Sensory Sunday – a morning at the Museum for families to experience Morrill Hall and participate in activities in a more quiet, supportive environment.

At this event, certain areas of the museum will be altered to be more accessible for everyone. Where possible, exhibit sounds will be turned down or off. This morning includes a free planetarium experience. Mueller Planetarium will have an open door so that you can come and go as you please with a show playing on loop. The Museum will open to the public at 12:30 p.m.; however, families are welcome to stay in the Museum and continue to enjoy the exhibits.

Sensory kits will be available at the front desk upon request. Each kit includes noise-cancelling headphones, earplugs, and different fidgets to use while in the Museum. You will be asked to give your license to the front desk while using the kit, which will be returned upon your departure.

Doors open early at 10:30 a.m. for Sensory Sunday guests with regular Museum admission.

Thursday, May 7, 2020
4:00 pm4:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morill Hall
Pop In Storytime

Pop-into the museum for storytime with Lincoln City Libraries the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Through stories, songs and movement we’ll learn more about the natural world. Everyone is invited to participate in pop-in storytime, however stories and activities are planned for ages 3-5.

Thursday, June 4, 2020
4:00 pm4:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morill Hall
Pop In Storytime

Pop-into the museum for storytime with Lincoln City Libraries the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Through stories, songs and movement we’ll learn more about the natural world. Everyone is invited to participate in pop-in storytime, however stories and activities are planned for ages 3-5.

Thursday, July 2, 2020
4:00 pm4:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morill Hall
Pop In Storytime

Pop-into the museum for storytime with Lincoln City Libraries the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Through stories, songs and movement we’ll learn more about the natural world. Everyone is invited to participate in pop-in storytime, however stories and activities are planned for ages 3-5.

Thursday, August 6, 2020
4:00 pm4:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morill Hall
Pop In Storytime

Pop-into the museum for storytime with Lincoln City Libraries the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Through stories, songs and movement we’ll learn more about the natural world. Everyone is invited to participate in pop-in storytime, however stories and activities are planned for ages 3-5.

Thursday, September 3, 2020
4:00 pm4:30 pm
University of Nebraska State Museum - Morill Hall
Pop In Storytime

Pop-into the museum for storytime with Lincoln City Libraries the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Through stories, songs and movement we’ll learn more about the natural world. Everyone is invited to participate in pop-in storytime, however stories and activities are planned for ages 3-5.