NU State Museum caps 150th year with Archie’s Party

by Caroline Clements | NU State Museum

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A young visitor chats with Adam Eakin, assistant director of the NU State Museum, at an animal traces identification activity station during the 2021 Archie’s Party.
June 15, 2022

Lincoln, Neb. —The University of Nebraska State Museum’s 150th anniversary year will culminate with Archie’s Party at Morrill Hall. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18, visitors can explore the museum and participate in a variety of activities, crafts and learning stations.

“We appreciate the support our members and community provided us during our 150th anniversary,” said Susan Weller, director of the NU State Museum. “We look forward to sharing our thanks and giving back during our annual Archie’s Party event.”

This year, Archie’s Party will include a drive for People’s City Mission. Any guest who brings a “birthday present” to donate will receive a raffle ticket for prizes. The mission’s most-desired items include bubbles, sunscreen, chalk, diapers, T-shirts, pillows and towels.

Archie the mammoth mascot stands in Elephant Hall, with two woolly mammoth skeletons in the background
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The NU State Museum’s Archie costume has an updated look.

Other party highlights include: the excavation of a rhino jaw and Titanothere skull by paleontologists in the Visible Lab; a museumwide scavenger hunt for hidden presents; the creation and decoration of elephant masks; Japanese tea tasting and traditional fan painting with the Kawasaki Reading Room; and a fossil sandbox. Guests can also collect eight free vintage postcards at select stations as a party favor.

Archie’s Party activities are included with admission to Morrill Hall. Museum members will receive free admission to the event. All other museum discounted rates will apply including senior; veteran; Blue Star Museums – free admission for active-duty military and their families, including National Guard and Reserves, up to a party of six; and Museums for All – $1 admission for families qualifying for Electronic Benefits Transfer cards or Women, Infants and Children.

Free parking will be available in the lot north of Morrill Hall. For more information, click here or call 402-472-2637.

“We hope families will bring their party hats to help celebrate the museum turning 151,” Weller said.