Planning your visit to the
National Museum of Roller Skating
Pairs skating: Jesse Darling performing with partner Henry Simmons. (80.6.47)
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
With the sudden increase of COVID-19 cases across the country, the National Museum of Roller Skating is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. (As of July 13th, 2020.)
The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. The museum is closed on weekends and major holidays. Admission to the museum is free. Donations are welcome and appreciated.
The museum is located at 4730 South Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68506.
Contact Us for Group and Educational Tours
Amy Richardson - Museum Archivist & Curator
Phone: 402-483-7551 x203
Note: if you contact the museum asking to have the museum appraise/estimate prices on roller skating items, we will be unable to help you.
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