There is no better place to reminisce on childhood days spent at the roller rink. The museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, which opened in 1980, contains the world’s largest collection of historical roller skates, including a pair dating to 1819. Also on display are costumes of championship skaters and other memorabilia, including advertisements and posters. Oh, and even two pairs of gas-powered roller skates.
“collecting, preserving, & displaying the history of roller skating”
Roller skating is the shared experience of many through recreation, sport, and business. The National Museum of Roller Skating is committed to enriching people's lives by increasing their understanding and enjoyment of roller skating's past. At the museum, we collect, preserve, and display the history of roller skating. By sponsoring and promoting education and informative exhibits, we hope to bring together everyone associated with roller skating, whether it be through sports, business, or recreation.
The museum is contained in the back part of the USA Roller Sports office building. It's relatively small and will only take you about an hour and a half to see all of the exhibits and read about the history of roller skating since it's beginning. They have some wonderful artifacts of early skate designs dating back to the 1800s as well as some truly bizarre inventions. Each roller sport discipline also has it's own display case including artistic, speed, hockey, and derby. It's a shame this place is not open on the weekends when most people would be able to enjoy it.
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National Museum of Roller Skating
- Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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