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The Durham Museum, Omaha
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Learn about the history of the region with a trip to The Durham Museum. Through partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, National Archives, and Field Museum, this museum covers a range of subjects, such as history, culture, science, and industry. You'll learn a great deal about the city of Omaha as you view exhibits about the different neighborhoods, well-known citizens, and important landmarks. Your hands-on learning experience includes trains you can walk through, a large coin collection, and Native American artifacts. Housed in the impressive Art Deco building of Union Station, the museum's architecture alone is worth a visit. Before you head to Omaha, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Omaha trip generator, to make sure you see all that Omaha has to offer, including The Durham Museum.
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  • Beautiful historical Art Deco building with informative and interesting exhibits. Visitors can actually board most of the historic trains on display. The temporary exhibits had artifacts and informati...  more »
  • The Durham is a great visit for those who love trains, history of western culture or a great ice cream sundae at an old soda fountain! The Museum is in a beautifully restored train station and is a gr...  more »
  • what a great use of an beautiful art deco train station! staff most helpful. loved the prohibition exhibit along with old trains, cars , talking statues etc. this is our second visit-- will be back! 
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  • Fantastic example of art deco and well preserved in all three details. Can easily spend several hours here. Upstairs, there are several displays dedicated to the buildings history, a working soda fountain and a gift shop. Downstairs offered a wonderful example of mid century Pullman cars, a streetcar and steam engine and caboose, as well as regional history displays. The temporary exhibit on prohibition was very well executed with numerous inventive displays. Would highly recommend.
  • Love trains. Used to travel on them as a kid. Great walk down memory lane. Lots to see. Statues talk to you. Prohibition era is on display right now. Very interesting bit of legislative history from the 20's.
  • Great museum! Prohibition exhibit going on until 2017 was excellent. Loved the old trains. My 7 year old was being impatient with some of the areas (she loved the trains and wanted spend the whole time there) and I didn't get to read as much I liked. You could easily spend the day here.
  • I was in Omaha over the weekend and looking for things to do. I found this online and was pleasantly surprised. The displays were very informative and the entire Museum was very well done. Once I had finished walking around I went upstairs to their restored soda fountain. I can say I've never actually had a Cherry Coke phosphate before. Thank you for a great experience!