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Pairs skating: Jesse Darling performing with partner Henry Simmons. (80.6.47)

Pairs skating: Jesse Darling performing with partner Henry Simmons. (80.6.47)

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National Museum of Roller Skating

The museum contains the largest collection of historical roller skates, dating to 1819, in the world. It also contains patents, medals, trophies, photographs, artworks, films and videotapes, costumes, library and archival materials, and roller skating memorabilia. The museum holds approximately 1,500 volumes of roller skating books and periodicals, including over 125 titles (American and foreign) in its periodical collection. The archives also includes over 10,000 photographs; personal papers of individuals prominent in roller skating from 1800 to the present; programs and archival material for local, regional, national, and international roller skating competitions; and miscellaneous articles and images related to roller skating.

Hours and Admissions

The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. The museum is closed on weekends and major holidays. Admission to the museum is free.

The museum is located at 4730 South Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68506

Museum Store and Gift Shop

The museum store is located in the exhibit gallery. Items for sale include t-shirts, patches, pins, and postcards, as well as several museum publications, including:

  • Titans and Heroes of American Roller Skating
  • The History of Roller Skating
  • Roller Skating Through the Years
  • Skater's History on Ice and Roller Skating
  • Awards & Honors of the Roller Skating Association International
  • The Allure of the Rink: Roller Skating at the Arena Gardens, 1935-1953
  • Our Story: Roller Skating Association
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Speed: Outdoors inline speed racing. (97.0.601)Speed: Outdoors inline speed racing.  (97.0.601)

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