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. 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.
  3. Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project
    February 18 – April 30, 2017

    Images of everyday life in 1970s America: disco dancing and inflation, protests and bell-bottoms, gas shortages and suburban sprawl. At a time when the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal wore on the national psyche, a burgeoning movement to protect our natural environment was gaining force. In 1971, the newly established U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the DOCUMERICA Photography Project with the goal of documenting environmental troubles and triumphs across the country. About 70 photographers completed 115 separate assignments between 1972 and 1977. What emerged was a moving and textured portrait of America.

  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. Summer Camps
    May 30 - August 4, 2017

    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.

  6. Top Secret: License to Spy
    May 20 – September 17, 2017

    Secret agents, suspects and science converge for a family adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced in Top Secret: License to Spy. This engaging and highly interactive display will put visitors’ skills to the test as they experience the science, technology and psychology employed in the intelligence field.

    Upon arrival, each visitor receives a “Spy File” containing their scenario and a list of suspects. The visitor is challenged with gathering intelligence to uncover information on the suspects, leading them on a journey of discovery, puzzles and intrigue. Hands-on activities include cracking the code on the lock of a transparent safe, using an oscilloscope to find a hidden bug, and using a night vision camera to see in the dark and dodge laser beams without setting off alarms.

  7. Railroad Days
    On Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, 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 2017, 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.
  8. 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!

  9. Great Hall-oween Haunt
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    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!


  10. Christmas At Union Station
    November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018
    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.
  11. Noon Year’s Eve
    Saturday, December 30, 2017
    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.  

  12. Zoom Into Nano
    October 7, 2017 - January 7, 2018

    Zoom Into Nano is a hands-on, interactive exhibition that focuses on how scientists see and make things that are too small to see. Nanoscale science and engineering is the process through which materials are manipulated on the molecular scale to generate very, very small structures and devices. Exhibit activities include a magnification station, particle progression, shrink a pattern, atom transporter, shaking solids, infinity crystal, carbon nanotubes, stretch a molecule, dissolve a crystal and more.

  13. 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
  14. 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.

  15. 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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