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The Durham Museum - 7 Reviews - 801 S 10th St, Omaha, NE - Other Reviews - Phone (402) 807-0359

The Durham Museum

801 S 10th St
Omaha, NE 68108
(402) 807-0359
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This is a great place to spend a fairly quiet afternoon. I say Quiet because it is usually not crowded. The exhibits are wonderful and they have new ones on a regular basis also....


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Take a date 10/12/2005

This is a great museum to spend an afternoon with a date or with some visiting family. Admission isn't too much and there are plenty of things to look at. Older adults might enjoy it more then younger children, but children will still find some things to enjoy. more

I love this museum! 9/26/2005

This is a great place to spend a fairly quiet afternoon. I say Quiet because it is usually not crowded. The exhibits are wonderful and they have new ones on a regular basis also. The place is well laid out with plenty to look out and learn about. Parking is usually easy to find. more

Western Heritage 9/23/2005

Fairly decent museum. The main exhibits would be of particular attraction to those over 40 for nostalgia reasons and the train exhibits would excite railroad buffs. Some of the rest is a bit mundane though. Try to hit when one of the traveling or special exhibits is up to get more bang for your buck. The soda fountain is cool - make sure to leave a bit before close so you can stop by on your way out. more

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Surprise museum 9/22/2005

I had never been to the Western Heritage museum and attended for a benefit. What a pleasant surprise. We sure wished we had visited this interesting and informative museum before. My sons were thoroughly enthralled and wanted to see more. The cost is right. The parking can be a bit tricky. more

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Trains and Stuff 8/4/2005

The Durham Western Heritage Museum is in an old train station in Downtown Omaha. The huge lobby has been remodeled to look the way it would have sixty years ago, with waiting benches in rows, and statues of travellers - soldiers, families,etc. It really gives you a feel of what it used to be like when train travel was it. The rest of the museum is also very neat, there is a real train you can walk through, and an old style prairie classroom. All in all a great family outing! more
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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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