The Durham Museum

801 S. 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

The Durham Museum in Omaha’s beautiful art deco Union Station, is home to permanent exhibits that preserve Omaha’s vibrant history. The museum’s traveling exhibits display subjects ranging from history and culture, to science and industry, and many entertaining, educational, family-oriented activities. The Durham Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2016, Omaha's Union Station was declared a National Historic Landmark.

For information about The Durham Museum please visit the museum’s website


All Day

History is revealed to us in many ways. Artifacts, photographs and personal memories can help us make connections to our past. This fall, The Durham Museum presents “Omaha Uncovered: Revealing History through Art and Story”, an exhibit focused on uncovering the vast and fascinating history of our city. The exhibition highlights both preservation and conservation, giving visitors an up-close look into how history can come to life. Over the course of four months, conservators from the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center will be “on exhibit” actively restoring a historic mural from 1905 entitled “Aerial View of Omaha” that once hung in the lobby of the Omaha Bee newspaper office. The beautifully painted mural, which is part of the museum’s permanent collection, looks west from the Missouri River towards the western horizon and elegantly captures the layout of the Omaha of the past and present. Lovers of maps, history and art will enjoy seeing the faded mural brought to new life over the duration of the project. Guests can also see preservation in action in our working lab of the Photo Archive. Museum staff will be in the exhibit actively digitizing historic photographs from the museum collection as well as highlighting stories of iconic Omaha photos through the personal memories of long-time Omaha resident and former museum employee/volunteer, Bill Gonzalez.

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