Joslyn Art Museum

The Joslyn Art Museum ( is the primary fine arts museum in the state of Nebraska, United States of America. Found in Omaha, it was opened in 1931 at the effort of Sarah H. Joslyn in memory of her spouse, entrepreneur George A. Joslyn. It is the only museum in the state with a comprehensive permanent collection, and although it consists of works from Paolo Veronese, El Greco, Titian, to name a few, its greatest strengths are the outstanding art collections of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries of American and European artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

In 1928, Kiewit began construction of the museum. Opening on November 29, 1931, as a present to the people of Omaha from Sarah H. Joslyn in memory of her other half, George A. Joslyn; It occupies a large and impressive Art Deco building created by John and Alan McDonald, built of Georgia Pink marble, with 38 different marbles from all over the world in the interior, close to downtown Omaha.

The decorative panels on the outside were designed by sculptor John David Brcin and refer to individuals of the plains – the initial Native American occupants and the later European explorers and settlers. Engravings carved on the building were written by Hartley Burr Alexander. A significant extension, designed by Lord Norman Foster, opened in 1994.

In 2008, construction started on the Joslyn Sculpture Garden. The garden opened in summertime 2009 including work from local and national artists as well as a reflecting pool and waterfall. Soon after its opening, the garden hosted the 24th yearly Jazz on the Green celebration which it hosted till 2010 when Omaha Carrying out Arts began producing the occasion and moved it to the Midtown Crossing at Turner Park which could develop to better accommodate the growing occasion.

The free eight-week celebration features locally, regionally, and nationally-known jazz musicians and draws thousands of spectators who can rest on the lawn with picnic treats to take pleasure in the efficiencies. In May 2013, the Museum stopped charging basic admission, again offering free access to the general public as it had actually done from its opening until the mid-1960s.


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