When we were studying European geography several years ago, we went to the Germans from Russia Museum. We all really enjoyed it, and I think I took some great pictures then. But when I changed cell phones awhile ago, they all disappeared. So they let 2 of my kids and I sneak in right before they closed to get some current photographs. If you have never been to this museum, you should definitely venture there soon. There is much to learn about the history of this displaced people group. (More on that in another post to come!) For today I will mainly let the pictures tell the story.
For kids: a great little area with musical instruments they can touch and a looping video where they can see the history played out, along with a “kids collection” of various artifacts.
Upstairs various room arrangements are on display providing a glimpse into yesteryear life.
My daughter pointed out that all the girls would enjoy seeing the dolls.
And they would enjoy the dollhouse and clothing exhibits displaying how this group of people used to live.
My son enjoyed seeing the musical instruments. He tried to sneak playing them, despite the fact that the guide was close by (he is a music fan!)
We did not get to take a tour of all of the outdoor buildings this time. But wandering around the white clapboard buildings definitely provides a realistic glimpse into history. These buildings close during the winter. The main museum is open year round.
|Name/Location||American Historical Society of Germans from Russia: 631 “D” St. Lincoln|
|Open hours/Contacts||M-F 9-4; (402) 474-3363; Facebook; local chapters noted on web|
|Cost||Free – donations are accepted|
|What to Know||Research library available for those with this ancestory|
|Outdoor Tours||Tours of the outdoor buildings daily @ 2 from April – October|
|Museum Manners||Artifacts are for looking, not touching (including instruments)|
|Recommended Ages||They have a great kid’s area! Outdoor areas would be fun for younger kids – upper floor in museum would be hard with young ones; 5 and up|