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When Father Edward J. Flanagan purchased the Overlook Farm in 1921, it became the new, permanent site of Boys Town. Over the decades that followed, schools, churches and homes were built, and tens of thousands of young lives were​ transformed. When you visit the Village of Boys Town, you’ll get ​an unforgettable glimpse into the history ​​of an organization that has given ​​new hope to so many at-risk children over the past 100 years.

​Village Drive

A drive through our community reveals trees, flowering gardens, farmland, open spaces, memorial statues, fountains and abundant photo opportunities. You’ll see how our children live, work, play and go to school. Entrances are located on West Dodge Road, 132nd Street, 144th Street and Pacific Street. Maps directing you to all of our attractions, including the Hall of History and Garden of the Bible, are available at the Visitors Center near the West Dodge Road entrance.

Vistors ​Center/Gift Shop

Start your visit to Boys Town at our​ Visitors Center, located near the West Dodge Road entrance to the Village. Our café serves breakfast and lunch, and you can pick up information on guided, self-guided, QR code and audio tours at the front desk.

One-of-a-kind collectibles, commemorative souvenirs and inspirational keepsakes for the home and office are at your fingertips in our Gift Shop. Please browse our catalog for the best in ​distinctive gifts. All profits from the Gift Shop ​support the work ​of changing the way America cares for youth and families.

The Visitor Center is open to the public Monday-Friday 8-5, Saturday 9-4, Sunday 11-4.

The Leon Myers Stamp Center

The Leon Myers Stamp Center is a museum and office located in the Boys Town Visitors Center. The Stamp Center promotes ​stamp collecting among youth and adults, and supports Boys Town programs by selling donated stamps. The World’s Largest Stamp Ball, on display at the Stamp Center, is a favorite with children and adults alike.

Hall of History

The Hall of History museum presents the unique history of Boys Town through permanent exhibits that use audio and video presentations. You’ll discover how Boys Town programs developed and how we continue our mission to change the way America cares for children and families. Some of the artifacts on display include the Best Actor Oscar presented to Spencer Tracy for his role as Father Flanagan in the motion picture “Boys Town,” and the Flex bus that once carried Boys Town athletic teams across America.

The Hall of History is open to the public Monday-Saturday 10 AM – 4:30 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM.

Dowd Memorial Chapel

For more than 70 years, Dowd Memorial Chapel of the Immaculate Conception has stood at the center of the Village of Boys Town. Rising from the landscape in the tradition of a 15th-century Gothic church, Dowd Chapel shines as a beacon of hope for thousands of children seeking comfort and consolation. The chapel is a symbol of our commitment to helping troubled youth find a positive balance of the spiritual, intellectual and physical.

Garden of the Bible

The three-acre Garden of the Bible is maintained by Boys Town youth and includes rose bushes, lilies, the rose of Sharon, a burning bush, fountains, benches, and olive, fig, pomegranate and cedar trees.

In addition to its more than 150 plant species (all of which are mentioned in the Bible), the garden’s brick path forms a Gothic window design that complements the nearby Catholic and Protestant chapels. The picturesque ​surroundings are a favorite spot for visitors to enjoy quiet reflection, picnic lunches and Bible study.

Chambers Protestant Chapel

The Herbert B. Chambers Protestant Chapel of the Nativity of Our ​Lord is the spiritual ​​home for the Village’s Protestant youth. The chapel’s altar area is decorated with terra cotta tiles designed by Boys Town children. Visitors are welcome to attend services at Chambers Chapel throughout the year.

Worship Service: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Father Flanagan House

The Father Flanagan House museum is the former residence of Boys Town’s founder, Father Edward Flanagan. The house was constructed in 1927 and was Father Flanagan’s home until 1941, when he moved to the rectory of Dowd Memorial Chapel. The Flanagan House’s décor and furnishings interpret the year 1929, when Father Flanagan would have been in residence.

Flanagan Flanagan’s House is open to the public Monday-Saturday 10 AM – 4:30 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM.

Rose Garden

The garden’s roots date back to the 1930s when Father Flanagan encouraged gardening as a positive outdoor activity for children.

The garden is adjacent to the home where Father Flanagan lived and near a bronze statue honoring the man who dedicated his life to improving the lives of children around the world.

Citizenship Day

Every child accepted into our campus residential care program is sworn in as a citizen of the Village of Boys Town. During ​this moving ceremony at the Visitors Center Café, the Executive Director of Boys Town asks the children what they hope to accomplish as Boys Town kids. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see young people begin their journey of renewal and healing. Read how one visitor was moved while he was at Boys Town for a conference . These ceremonies normally are scheduled on Fridays. Please contact the Visitors Center at 1-800-625-1400 for exact times and dates.