The purpose of the Lentz Center for Asian Culture collection is to recognize the rich and varied cultures of the many diverse peoples of Asia. As an entity within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, its unique collection provides an opportunity for enhancing instructional programs on campus, as well as enriching the cultural environment of the citizens of the state of Nebraska for 27 years. Exhibitions embodied the University's strong commitment to fostering multicultural understanding through an appreciation of Asian cultures.
The Center's collection includes hundreds of objects covering a wide range of media and a broad geographical area. These items were chosen for their historical importance, cultural significance and aesthetic appeal and includes musical instruments, jade and ivory carvings, Tibetan ritual objects, and many other items that reveal facets of traditional Asian civilizations — such as Asian ceramics, paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles and much more.