Thanks to a variety of corporate sponsors, general admission is free on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to noon. That saves you $8 per person (or $6 for seniors/students or $5 for kids). That’s money you can spend in the gift shop or cafe.
Now is a great time to visit. The temporary exhibit To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum shows through June 3rd. I took my daughter and two of her friends to check it out this Saturday and I was quite impressed with some of the items on displayed. Considering I’ve wandered the Cairo Museum in the past and was still excited by what I saw here in Omaha, I’d have to say that’s a pretty good endorsement of the exhibit.
If you visit the Joslyn with kids in tow (like I usually do) set some time aside to let them run amok on the outdoor sculpture garden. Here is a quote from one of the 8 year-old gals I took with me this Saturday: “This is great! I thought it would be boring and just looking at paintings and stuff.”
This brings me to an important point: If you do indulge in the free admission on Saturday mornings, be forewarned that you will probably encounter a large number of families with kids, some of which will not necessarily know art museum etiquette. I’m not talking about my kids, of course, who have been Joslyn regulars since they were in strollers and know how to admire art without smearing their fingers on it or screaming like banshees, but if you want to enjoy the museum in peace and quiet you’ll want to go ahead and pay admission and come another time.
For more information, check out the Joslyn Art Museum website.