1. Where Generations Connect
    Built back in 1931 by Union Pacific, this art deco train station was an architectural showpiece designed in the spirit of the new "modern" age of travel. Today, this rare jewel has been transformed into one of the country’s most vibrant and beautiful hands-on museums.

    Come explore Omaha’s history, discover something new in the world-class temporary exhibits, and remember the past through special collections and programs. The Durham Museum is proud to be an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and partner with the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Chicago’s Field Museum, and many other national institutions.
  2. From Nebraska to the World:
    Buffalo Bill's Wild West

    January 30 – May 1, 2016


    Buffalo Bill’s Wild West debuted in Omaha, Nebraska in 1883 and closed in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 1913. The show introduced many western performers and personalities, as well as a romanticized version of the Old West, to a wide domestic audience and eventually exported that version of American culture around the world. This exhibition will explore the colorful and varied history of the Wild West Show, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and some of the Wild West performers, like Annie Oakley.
  3. Creating Camelot: The Kennedy
    Photography of Jacques Lowe
    February 13-May 8, 2016


    The Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe exhibition showcases intimate and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, and his family, taken by Kennedy’s personal photographer, and explores how these images were used by the media. Jacque Lowe was Kennedy’s personal photographer from 1958 through his early years in the White House. Lowe’s extraordinary access to the Kennedy’s allowed him to photograph events others could not. His photographs helped create the “Camelot” legend of the Kennedy presidency.
  4. Scholars in Residence
    The Durham Scholars in Residence initiative is an educational outreach program developed to promote academic enrichment in area schools and community organizations for all age levels (K-12, college and adults). Through collaboration with local groups to determine their needs, The Durham will arrange nationally acclaimed presenters and speakers to visit classrooms and work with students, teachers and community groups. The Durham Scholars in Residence program provides support to curriculum as well as current topics of local and national interest.

  5. Shakespeare’s First Folio
    April 9 – May 1, 2016

    The Durham Museum was named Nebraska’s host for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour. The First Folio is the first complete collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors, it preserves 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. Without it, we would not have 18 of those plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest and Antony and Cleopatra. The First Folio will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “to be or not to be.”


  6. Odyssey's SHIPWRECK! Pirates and Treasure
    May 28 – August 28, 2016


    Odyssey’s SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure showcases Odyssey Marine Exploration’s world-class archaeological work in the deep ocean. The exhibit takes visitors on a voyage through more than 2,000 years of seafaring history and contains over 500 authentic shipwreck artifacts, a variety of interactive games and challenges and a full-size replica of ZEUS, Odyssey’s eight-ton Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which acts as the archaeologist’s hands and eyes in the deep ocean. Odyssey has discovered some of the world’s most fascinating and famous shipwrecks, including the Civil War-era SS Republic.

  7. Summer Camps
    Spend your summer at The Durham Museum! Where else can you create a masterpiece, relive history or learn to shape the future of our great community? The rich and exciting world of The Durham Museum Summer Camp program is all yours to discover in our one-of-a-kind learning experience that sparks imagination – and offers plenty of great fun! The Durham Museum Summer Camps are offered in one week sessions. Half-day and full-day programs are available at three age levels, ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9 and older. All camps are led by certified teachers and assistants and are specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of each age level.

  8. Railroad Days
    On Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, The Durham Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, the Rails West Railroad Museum, and the Historic General Dodge House come together to celebrate Omaha and Council Bluff’s rich railroad heritage. During Railroad Days 2016, each participating venue will offer a variety of family-friendly activities in addition to the venues’ ongoing programs and exhibits. A $15 family pass allows admission to and transportation between all five locations. A $5 pass is also available for one additional adult with the purchase of a family pass.
  9. Wild, Wild West Day
    July 30, 2016
    We reckon you should mosey on down to The Durham Museum for Wild, Wild West Day. The Durham is teaming-up with Wild West Creations to bring back the Old West! Your buckaroos will have a rootin’ tootin’ goodtime learning about with a caboodle of western pastimes. Meet and greet with Wild West Creations cowboys and ladies, see demonstration of cowboy skills on horseback, witness a shootout, learn to lasso and so much more!

  10. American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
    September 24 – January 29, 2017

    Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation. Created by the National Constitution Center, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, is the first comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this world-premiere exhibition brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life.
  11. 13th Annual Teachers' Night
    Experience the region’s largest open house held exclusively for teachers and education professionals. This highly anticipated event is free and is packed full of opportunities including over 50 exhibitors sharing their programming, free classroom resources and so much more!

  12. Great Hall-oween Haunt
    October 25, 2016
    This spook-tacular event is becoming an annual favorite at The Durham Museum. A unique trick-or-treat experience takes place throughout the museum with mask-making, zombies and disgustingly cool theater make-up. Come in costume, snag some candy and bring your dancing shoes for a Durham Dance Party with the Monster Mash, Ghostbusters and more of your frightful favorites!


  13. Christmas At Union Station
    November 25 – December 31, 2016
    This beautiful holiday tradition began in the 1930s when Union Pacific would decorate and display large evergreens from the Pacific Northwest for Union Station travelers to enjoy. Today, this cherished tradition continues with the region’s largest indoor Christmas tree and an exceptional line-up of family friendly events. The annual celebration begins with the Tree Lighting Ceremony, held the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas at Union Station continues throughout December with numerous events such as the Ethnic Holiday Festival, Family Nights with Santa and live entertainment every Saturday and Sunday prior to Christmas.
  14. Noon Year’s Eve
    December 31, 2016
    3-2-1…Happy New Year!  Children of all ages enjoy this fun-filled party with live music, party hats and tons of fun activities. Ring in the “noon” year with the bubble wrap stomp, noise makers and the spectacular balloon drop at noon from the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall ceiling.  

  15. The Durham Society
    Your generous contribution to the Durham Society will provide the critical support needed to make the museum’s upcoming exhibits and programs a reality. Specifically, your gift will enable the museum to:
    • Continue to build upon our relationships with the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, The Field Museum and other nationally-prominent organizations
    • Secure future exhibitions years in advance, to enable some of the most sought-after traveling displays to visit our region
    • Inform and engage thousands by providing immediate support to first-class exhibitions and education programs from across the nation
  16. Photo Archive
    The Durham Museum’s Photo Archive contains over 800,000 images spanning from the 1860s
    to the 1990s. They document the fascinating history of Omaha from its early days as a young frontier town to a unique and sophisticated city. A long forgotten storefront, Presidents on parade, row upon row of cattle in the stockyards, streetcars, and a family picnic; each image preserves one moment in time, but also tells a hundred different stories!

    To learn more visit our Website or meet with one of our Photo Archive Specialists. Call 402-444-5071 to set up an appointment.

  17. Soda Fountain
    Step back in time and visit Union Station's original
    Soda Fountain! Enjoy an old fashioned phosphate made with your favorite flavoring and soda water straight from the fountain dispenser. Add some hand-scooped ice cream and it becomes a luscious ice cream soda. Delicious malts, milk shakes and sundaes are also favorites.
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