A Day in the Life at UNMC

Making the Most of Museum Memberships

Just for working here, employees at UNMC get free admission to the Durham and Joslyn Art Museums.

That’s an F, followed by an R and two Es — everyone’s favorite four-letter word.

Sure, my family has taken advantage of this a few times. Once – being the overeager parents that we are – my husband and I took our 1-year-old daughter to “Family Day” at the Joslyn.

The similarities are uncanny.

And again during Christmastime, because who doesn’t love to go see the big guy at the Durham?

Uh, apparently she doesn’t.

What I’m trying to say is, we are lucky to receive this perk. And we should really capitalize on it more (myself included). We all have excuses for why we don’t.

-I don’t get off work til (insert time here)p.m. (The Durham is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and the Joslyn is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.)

-My kids are too loud/destructive to set foot in a museum. (There are places within the Joslyn designed for just that, plus a reflecting pool outside that children of all ages will love. As for the Durham, do the words “full scale train and passenger cars” mean anything to you?)

-I’m hungry (The Joslyn has a full service cafe for lunch, and the Durham has an old-fashioned soda fountain and candy counter.)

Now that we’re out of excuses, both museums have some cool exhibits and events coming up. At the Joslyn:

“THE GREAT WEST ILLUSTRATED: Celebrating 150 Years of the Union Pacific Railroad”
“CONTESTED TERRAIN: Painting the Modern Landscape.”

Photo taken at a preview of the exhibits at the Sorrell Center.

And at the Durham:

The Pacific Railway Act
A Shopper’s Paradise: The Brandeis Department Store
Mindbender Mansion

The good news is UNMC and TNMC employees and their families can check out these exhibits at the Durham on a special Participants Night July 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. And there’s breakfast for dinner. The “Pancake Man,” will be flinging flapjacks at your colleagues –what’s not to love about that? Last but not least, there also will be a live CLUE game going on, so break out the Miss Scarlet lipstick and Col. Mustard mustaches and come on down to the Durham for some good, old-fashioned and FREE fun.

To register for that event, RSVP to unmcevents@unmc.edu by July 30. Don’t forget to bring your employee ID badge if you come.

I’ll see you there. Hopefully there won’t be any tears this time!

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