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The Durham Museum Omaha

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The Durham Museum
801 South 10th Street
Omaha
NE
68108
Tel: 402 444-5071

Where are we going today?

Did you ever think that one city could have SO much history? Well, Omaha has a history that's filled with so many stories, it got it's own museum all about it!

The Durham Museum is located in, of course, Omaha, and has fascinating permanent exhibits on the city's amazing history, AND other rotating exhibits which showcase some of the amazing cultures we have had on our planet!

But first...it's all about Omaha! Did you know that before this area became dotted with houses that you know today, it was actually a rolling prairie that was inhabited by the Omaha Indian tribe. Kids can step back into the lives of this tribe and actually experience what life would have been like in a rawhide teepee, and sitting by the fire at a replica earth lodge.

Then, from the mid 1880s to 1915, most sections of Omaha saw "Worker's Cottages" constructed as housing. You can see one of these cottages in the museum!

Did you think that when Lewis and Clark passes the area on their trip right up that grand Missouri River, that 200 years later there would be a city that stretched for miles and miles? Well, it only stretched because of the amazing people that lived there (and still do!)

The Omaha at Work Gallery lets kids see all the achievements of the local business people that helped shape the city!

Of course, that's not all of the permanent exhibitions, but we're excited to tell you about the rotating ones! Not only are there exhibits on topics like medicine in Omaha, and Union Station, but there are exhibits on the amazing Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt!

Fascinating stuff!

So why not have a information packed family day out looking at what happened...right where you're standing!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$6 (ages 3 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

1pm - 5pm Sunday / 10am - 8pm Tues / 10am - 5pm Wed to Sat

All year round. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Teachers corner

There are tours that can be arranged, and they also have a number of programs perfect for kids - including summer camps! .

I'm Hungry!

Step back in time and enjoy some tasty treats at the original Union Station Soda Fountain! They also serve lunch!.

Healthy Eating!

The Soda Fountain has healthy sandwiches! .

Any Top Tips?

You can have your birthday at the museum! There are themed parties with fun activities included!.

Doing our bit

The museum are dedicated on showcasing the history of Omaha - and they do a great job! You will come away with a ton of information!.

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give the museum a call to see what assistance they can offer you .

Can I get one of those?

The Museum Shop has books, toys, and lots of other fun and educational items to take home! .

More information

If you LOVE visiting the museum, then why not become a member? You get unlimited admission across the year, among other fun perks! .

What people are saying?

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    A classic museum that gives people a peek into Omaha's rich history. I have loved going to the Durham since I was a kid and it is still awesome.

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    I love this museum! I have been going.here ever since I was a kid, and I loved hearing stories from my Nana about how she used to ride the train from Omaha to San Fransisco.
    The museum always brings in fresh and interesting new exhibits that never seem to disappoint, and the permanent galleries and displays are always a treat to interact with.
    If you want a place where you can learn about the history of Nebraska and Omaha, about the history of the railroad, how the west was conquered, walk through authentic train cars that rode the rails...Read More

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    Neat museum. Kids loves walking through all the trains on display. Would recommend.

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    I have been here about 5 times and everytime I have been has been incredible. I am born and raised native Omahan and I remember going with my elementary classes and I still go to this day at age 19 and still have a thrill of a time! It would be a great first date! I have been wanting to take my boyfriend here since he is a huge history buff like me! It is deff a must see!!!!

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    This museum has a great collection from trains to native americans to coins. Easily could spend several days here

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I love this museum! I have been going.here ever since I was a kid, and I loved hearing stories from my Nana about how she used to ride the train from Omaha to San Fransisco.
The museum always brings in fresh and interesting new exhibits that never seem to disappoint, and the permanent galleries and displays are always a treat to interact with.
If you want a place where you can learn about the history of Nebraska and Omaha, about the history of the railroad, how the west was conquered, walk through authentic train cars that rode the rails during the height of the railroad era, and at the end of your visit grab an icecream sunday, The Durham Museum is the best place to go!

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