Visitor Information

Thank you for planning an upcoming visit to Joslyn Art Museum! 

In response to COVID-19 and in adherence to city, state, and federal guidelines, Joslyn Art Museum has taken a number of steps to ensure a safe environment for our visitors, staff, and the community. To prepare for your visit, please read the information below and review our Visitor Code of Conduct. Joslyn is committed to offering a museum experience that is totally touch-free, and new protocols and modifications of usual routines reflect that goal. Information below will ensure you know what to expect.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Construction is underway on Joslyn's new Rhonda and Howard Hawks Pavilion, so please enter the Museum via the temporary entrance on the north side of the building. Upon entry to the Museum, all visitors are asked to check in at the atrium admissions desk.

Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. Masks are required for all visitors ages 5+ who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks must be worn in Joslyn's classrooms. Additionally, masks are required of all participants in docent-guided school and adult group tours. Thank you for your cooperation.

Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm (closed Monday, Tuesday, and major holidays).
On the Museum's final weekend before closure, hours are: Friday, April 29 and Sunday, May 1 (10 am to 8 pm); Saturday, April 30 (10 am to 4 pm).

Joslyn will be closed to the public May 2, 2022, through early 2024 for construction of its expansion and renovation of its existing buildings.

Joslyn Art Museum requires visitors to adhere to the following conduct during their visit:

Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. Masks are required for all visitors ages 5+ who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks must be worn in Joslyn's classrooms. Additionally, masks are required of all participants in docent-guided school and adult group tours. Thank you for your cooperation.

Clean Hands
Wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer is available via a touch-free station at the Museum entrance and throughout the building.

Six Feet Apart
Maintain a 6-foot distance from staff and visitors not in your party.

Are you well?
If you feel ill or have a temperature or cough, please stay home and reschedule your visit when you are well.

Be Kind
Please be patient during your visit. Respect directions from the staff, as they are meant to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

Joslyn Art Museum is committed to the health and safety of its visitors and staff. Please help us keep you and others safe by following posted instructions and directions from our staff. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that spreads through person-to-person contact and can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting Joslyn Art Museum, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


  • Permanent collection galleries 6–17 (American, Native American, Art of the American West, and Postwar and Contemporary), plus the CAP Gallery and the Faces from the Interior exhibition are open through May 1. Selected works from many areas of the permanent collection, including the European collection are included in the special installation Ninety Years of Joslyn Art Museum, on view in gallery 15 through May 1.
  • ART WORKS: A Place for Curiosity. Limited capacity.
  • Joslyn's Hitchcock Museum Shop (open during all regular Museum hours).
  • Joslyn's Café Durham (open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am to 2 pm, with a limited menu of Grab & Go options). Seating is available.
  • The Discovery Garden
  • Abbott Lecture Hall (scheduled programs)
  • Witherspoon Concert Hall (scheduled programs)


  • European galleries 1–5
  • Memorial Building balcony galleries and north and south corridor installations
  • Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden (due to new building construction)

I dropped by without a reservation. What do I do?
Come on in! As of May 19, 2021, advance reservations are no longer required for daily admission to the Museum.

Do you have certain times for higher-risk visitors?

Yes. Those at higher risk for severe illness if exposed to COVID-19 (such as older adults or people with underlying health conditions) are encouraged to visit from 10–11 am daily.

What physical distancing rules are in place?
Visitors are encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and practice physical distancing. Inside the Museum and in the Discovery Garden, Joslyn asks guests to maintain a six-foot distance from visitors not in your party. Staff will be in place to monitor gallery capacities and guide the flow of traffic. Guests are encouraged to avoid clustering around works of art.

Is outside food and drink allowed?

Guests are welcome to bring their own water bottles, however, they may be opened and consumed only in public spaces such as the atrium and the fountain court (beverages may not be opened or consumed in the galleries). Drinking fountains at the Museum are now in service. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic, but all food must be kept and consumed outdoors in the Discovery Garden.

How do I get into the Museum?

Beginning August 11, 2021, use the temporary new entrance, located on the north side of the building. This entrance has been opened due to construction on the east side of the Museum site. The new entrance is marked with signage.

What do I do once I get inside?

Every visitor must check-in at the admissions desk. What to expect:
  • Use the touch-free hand sanitizer stations at our entrance (others located throughout the building)
  • Follow the posted signage to the admissions desk
  • Protective, acrylic shields have been installed at the admissions desk to reduce contact between staff and visitors
  • A limited number of fliers and brochures, including the Museum map, are available. Guests must take their map with them or recycle it at the conclusion of their visit.
What services are available?
  • A limited number of strollers, wheelchairs, and electric scooters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This equipment will be sanitized after each use.
  • All public restrooms are equipped with power doors for touch-free entrance and exit. Additionally, all of Joslyn’s public restroom flush mechanisms and faucets are touch-free and paper towels are provided instead of hand dryers.
  • Drinking fountains are available.
  • Limited in-gallery seating is available.
  • Storage for luggage or large bags is not available. Guests should leave these items at home or in their vehicles.
  • Lockers for small items are available and sanitized regularly.
  • Elevators are in service and key pads are sanitized regularly.
Has the Museum changed its cleaning strategies?
Joslyn staff are following enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by city, state, and federal authorities. The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased in all public and administrative spaces with an emphasis on frequent-contact surfaces including, but not limited to, door handles, public bathrooms, countertops, benches, and other hard surfaces.

Are there any programs in which to participate?

Explore Joslyn's Calendar of Events for events and programs, including art classes. Facility rental events are happening with restrictions in conformance with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Directed Health Measures.