The Durham Museum

★★★★☆
  • 801 S 10th St

    Omaha, NE 68108

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  • 402-444-5071

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Visiting the western heritage museum is like taking a trip into the days when train travel was the way to go. Walking into the old train station, there are statues interspersed among the benches, a solder , a lady....it is interesting. There is also a real train that you can walk through to get the feel of what it was like to travel that way. They also have quite a few special classes for kids during the summer that are very well done. This is a nice family outing.

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Visiting the western heritage museum is like taking a trip into the days when train travel was the way to go. Walking into the old train station, there are statues interspersed among the benches, a solder , a lady....it is interesting. There is also a real train that you can walk through to get the feel of what it was like to travel that way. They also have quite a few special classes for kids during the summer that are very well done. This is a nice family outing.

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Little kids won't have as much interest in this museum. A full-size train is great to explore and lots of interesting, local history exhibits. Boasts weekend art shows often and wonderful traveling exhibits.

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Little kids won't have as much interest in this museum. A full-size train is great to explore and lots of interesting, local history exhibits. Boasts weekend art shows often and wonderful traveling exhibits.

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Enter The Durham Museum and immediately you'll feel connected to another place in time. Housed in Omaha's historic former Union Station, you'll find permanent exhibits that explore our region's vibrant history, temporary exhibitions that spotlight fascinating global topics and many entertaining, educational activities. The Durham blends the contemporary with the nostalgic, making it a place where generations truly connect. Union Pacific's $3.5 million Union Station was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood as one of the nation's first art deco train stations. The station opened in 1931 and was immediately heralded as an architectural gem. Union Station was at its peak during World War II, when more than 10,000 passengers passed through each day. Today, this rare jewel has been transformed from top to bottom into one of the nation's most vibrant and beautiful hands-on museums. The museum is named in honor of Omaha philanthropists Marge and Charles Durham, who played an instrumental role in restoring the facility. Exhibitions The Durham Museum is proud to serve as the steward of our region's heritage. Omaha's past is rich in American Indian culture as well as the pioneer spirit found in the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Mormon movement west. One of the most significant reasons that Omaha developed into a thriving metropolis was its location as the eastern terminus of the transcontinental railroad. Visitors can relive the region's vibrant history through our permanent exhibits that focus on the many generations that made Omaha what it is today. The Durham is Heartland's first museum to be affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and it also has strong ties with the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Chicago's Field Museum. Through relationships like these, the museum is able to introduce several new exhibitions each year that explore topics ranging from history and culture to science and industry. There is always something new at The Durham! The Durham Museum hosts numerous special programs throughout the year. Your family can enjoy lectures, workshops, concerts, summer camps and take part in special events complementing the temporary exhibition schedule. As the home to Omaha's largest indoor Christmas tree, The Durham Museum's Christmas at Union Station is one of the region's most cherished traditions. During this season-long celebration, The Durham Museum hosts many exceptional events including the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Ethnic Holiday Festival, Holiday Concert Series, Family Nights with Santa and Noon Year's Eve Celebration. No matter when you visit, you can claim a seat at our old-fashioned 1931 Soda Fountain and enjoy a traditional milkshake, sundae or phosphate. Admission: adults $9, Seniors (62+) $7, children (3-12) $6, members and children 2 & under are free. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Please check our website for expanded summer and holiday hours.

 

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