Joslyn Art Museum Will Close for Construction and Renovation Beginning May 2, 2022

Joslyn Art Museum is under construction and very soon, the Museum will close for a period of two years. Joslyn’s expansion and renovation will add galleries, classrooms, public spaces, a new entrance, and so much more! The construction is significant, and our temporary closure will keep people and art safe. Now through May 1, we encourage you to visit for some final moments at Joslyn before it closes. Take in your favorite art and enjoy the Museum. We will be back in 2024. Come for a Last Look today!

Early Closure of Selected Galleries
Note that selected gallery spaces, including European galleries 1–5, are now closed for deinstallation.
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.

When will Joslyn Art Museum be closed
May 2, 2022, through early 2024 for construction of its new, 42,000-square-foot Rhonda and Howard Hawks Pavilion and renovation of its existing buildings.

Until We Meet Again: Final Weekend at Joslyn
We invite everyone to come for our final three public days, Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, before Joslyn undergoes a major transformation. Enjoy extended hours until 8 pm on Friday and Sunday (excluding Saturday) with a cash bar, small plates for sale, and free art-making from 5–8 pm. Joslyn curators will be on hand from 5–8 pm on Friday and Sunday for gallery chats about the works they’ll miss the most these next two years. All weekend, including Saturday, everyone will enjoy FREE tickets to the exhibition Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer. The weekend will include a sale in the Museum shop, membership giveaways, and other surprises!


Upon arrival at the Museum, all visitors are asked to check in at the admissions desk (see Museum Entrance below for arrival and parking information).

Mask Information
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.

Joslyn is taking numerous steps to ensure the well-being of visitors and staff, including mandatory masks for staff and non-vaccinated visitors, enhanced cleaning protocols, and a phased reopening of public areas to ensure physical distancing. Everyone’s health and safety is our top priority, and a modified Museum experience is necessary.

For the safety of all visitors and in accordance with CDC Health recommendations, Joslyn Art Museum program and event logistics are subject to change.

For complete details, access our special Visitor Information page
via the button at left.

Regular Museum Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Closing Weekend Hours:
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 is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day)

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

General Museum Admission: Free (paid ticketed admission for some exhibitions)

Joslyn Art Museum's Discovery Garden is open year-round from 7 am to 11 pm each day, and admission is free (please practice physical distancing).
(Joslyn's Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden closed in August 2021 in preparation for the construction of the Museum's new Rhonda and Howard Hawks Pavilion.)
Joslyn's Hitchcock Museum Shop is open during all regular Museum hours.

Joslyn's Café Durham is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 2 pm, with a limited menu of Grab & Go options.


Accessing the Grounds

All visitors must enter and exit the grounds from 24th Street. A construction zone has been established that closes public access to the Museum's Dodge Street entrance and exit drive.

Accessing the Museum
All visitors will enter and exit the Museum using a temporary, accessible door on the north side of the building (see site map below). A construction zone has been established that closes all entrances on the east side of the building.

As you enter the Museum site from 24th Street, look for the VISITOR ENTRANCE signage posted along the north side of the building. A vestibule offers protection from inclement weather. From the drive, a curb ramp allows for access to the sidewalk leading to the new entrance. Once inside the vestibule, a second door offers touch-free access to a gently sloping walkway into the Museum. A short set of stairs at the end of the interior walkway leads to the check-in desk. Guests may also choose to take an elevator.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as Joslyn Art Museum grows!

Topographic Tunnel: A Mural Created by Joslyn's Kent Bellows Mentoring Program
Inside Joslyn’s new temporary entrance, visitors are greeted by a mural that runs the length of the walkway leading to the check-in desk. This art moment, called Topographic Tunnel, was created by teen artists with Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program. Rebecca Harrison was artist mentor for the project. Topographic Tunnel is inspired by satellite imagery of Nebraska landscapes and includes patterns, symbols, and textures the group found in the Museum and abstracted to reflect their own personal styles and welcome visitors with a bright and colorful design.


Joslyn Art Museum 
2200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102-1292

Access & Amenities:

Free parking is available in the Parking Garden north of the Museum. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets. The Parking Garden is accessible via the 24th Street entrance drive to the west.

During construction that began in August 2021, visitors may enter the Museum through a temporary entrance on the north side of the building. Wheelchairs, strollers, and a scooter are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no additional charge (sanitized after each use). All galleries and public spaces are accessible to disabled persons. An all gender restroom with changing table is located north of the atrium bridge. A nursing room and in-restroom changing tables are located in the Memorial Building.

An ATM is available near the atrium entrance desk.


During your visit to Joslyn, we ask for your help in caring for the Museum — the building, the art, and others who are visiting. Some things you will want to know in advance of your 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.
  • Please don't touch!
  • Cameras (non-flash) are allowed, but not in special exhibitions (photos for casual, personal use only; organized photo shoots of individuals or groups require advance permission; see below)
  • Sketching with pencils is allowed in the galleries 
  • Large bags, food, and drink are not permitted in the galleries (and at this time, we ask that visitors leave all large bags in their vehicles as storage is not presently available).
  • We welcome visitors of all ages! Parents/caregivers are responsible for direct, attentive child supervision; children under age six must remain by an adult’s side at all times, and older children should remain in the same general gallery space as their chaperone.
  • Joslyn Art Museum is a Smoke Free Campus. Smoking is not allowed on Museum property, including in the Discovery Garden.
Click here for details regarding these Museum rules and thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Reglas de Museo

Organized Photo Shoots:
Looking to have an organized photo shoot at the Museum (e.g. family, senior, portfolio, or wedding photography by either a professional or amateur photographer)? This type of staged photography must be scheduled and approved in advance and usually involves a fee. Please click here to submit your request.

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