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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. The Durham Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Much Omaha and rail history to be found here. The building itself is historical, and heralds back to the days when the depot was busier than the airport. I'd like to see the railcars' interiors... 
    Much Omaha and rail history to be found here. The building itself is historical, and heralds back to the days when the depot was busier than the airport. I'd like to see the railcars' interiors...  more »
  • We had visited this museum in the past. We went this time for the Nelson Mandela Exhibit. He was remarkable man who led his country out of apartheid. From his education by Methodist and after serving....  more
    We had visited this museum in the past. We went this time for the Nelson Mandela Exhibit. He was remarkable man who led his country out of apartheid. From his education by Methodist and after serving....  more »
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  • Took my kids to the Durham Museum because the boy loves trains. He loved the model train exhibit and the rail cars. It's a beautiful building, the staff was friendly and helpful. Lots of the staff are volunteers who give their time and knowledge freely. The only downside to the museum is that it doesn't have many exhibits that change, at least from my experiences. I can understand that it can be difficult to provide a new experience while trying to maintain the extensive exhibits that are offered year round. There have been some neat exhibits that have been shown lately, so don't let that last paragraph keep you from visiting. Also I'll admit I don't look at their calendar to see what is upcoming so the visits we have made, may have been in-between the rotating exhibits.
  • We went for the Nelson Mandela Exhibit and it was amazing. Such a grand and beautiful building. Right when you walk in you can see you are in what used to be a train station. There are statues all around to show the past (ex. a woman at the ticket counter, buying a ticket. A couple sitting on the bench saying goodbye after his military leave). It's like a bunch of ghosts of the past. It is so cool! Even for a Saturday, there was no wait. You just pay at the front and then walk through the museum. There is an existing permanent exhibit that is pretty interesting. The current changing exhibit was absolutely amazing...the Nelson Mandela Exhibit. The history of his life mixed with world history was so interesting and moving.

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