The Niobrara National Scenic River (NSR), in cooperation with Humanities Nebraska, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water/Ways” will be on view at the Niobrara NSR Visitor Center from June 23 through August 3rd, 2018.

Niobrara NSR and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by Humanities Nebraska to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Nebraska from June 2018 through April 2019.

“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

The Niobrara NSR Visitor Center is located at 214 West Highway 20 in Valentine. Summer hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Central time. For more information, please call 402-376-1901, email or visit

For more information about Humanities Nebraska, please call 402-474-2131, email, or visit

Full Water/Ways Nebraska Tour:
June 23 – August 3 at Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center in Valentine
August 11 – September 21 at Custer County Museum in Broken Bow
September 29 – November 9 at Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City
November 17 – December 21 at Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege
January 5 – February 15, 2019 at Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance
February 23 – April 7, 2019 at Legacy of the Plains in Gering