The Durham Museum

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The Durham Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at the historic Durham Museum. Opened in 1931, Union Station was built by Union Pacific Railroad as the showpiece to the city of its headquarters. Considered one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, and now an official National Historic Landmark, the station is one of the best examples of art deco architecture in the country. The Durham Museum offers unique, hands-on learning for people of all ages. Enjoy an extraordinary array of permanent exhibits including restored train cars, 1940’s storefronts, HO Model trains, numerous artifacts showing the history of the region and the Byron Reed collection, which includes some of the world’s rarest coins and documents. During your stay be sure to stop by the authentic soda fountain and enjoy a phosphate or malt.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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LGCB
Phoenix, AZ138 contributions
Good Spot to Spend an Hour or Two!
Sep 2021
$22 for 2 adults to keep ourselves entertained for a few hours. Cool exhibit on the work of James Cameron and another section with a painting of Omaha. The building is gorgeous as well. There were a few others areas that seemed pretty dated, but the ocean footage for the James Cameron exhibit was interesting and there were plenty of things to look at there. There is a lot of potential for this museum and I imagine it generally does well in this area. Updating a few areas to add a bit more depth for a visitor would make this an impressive museum.
Written October 17, 2021
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Jay W
Beaver Dam, WI218 contributions
Fun First visit
Aug 2021 • Family
Our group of 5 enjoyed our first visit to the Durham museum. The James Cameron exhibit covering the Titanic, the Deep-Sea Challenger, and The Abyss were good with artifacts and mini props. We spent approximately two hours in the museum. We also looked at the Reed coin collection with many rare coins.
Written August 8, 2021
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John S
Columbia, MO3,104 contributions
Could have been better
Jun 2021
The building is beautiful and has so much potential. Sadly, the exhibits were disappointing. Went for the James Cameron special exhibit which didn't have much. The regular exhibits were ok but not that interesting. My favorite things were the building and soda fountain.
Written August 7, 2021
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Gina G
Plano, TX1 contribution
No RV parking in lot- worth the hassle to unhook!
Aug 2021 • Couples
Gorgeous building! The museum is in a retired railway station and it is grand, so very grand. The exhibits are well presented, quite varied, but completely engaging. Walking through the Pullman cars was a treat. Parking is free but limited to vehicles under 7’4”. It is gated and no access for an RV.
Written August 6, 2021
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Jack
Ireland194 contributions
Essential visit
Dec 2020 • Solo
This is an essential visit in Omaha. I have visited many times over the years when visiting Omaha and it is a wonderful time. An awesome venue with nice exhibitions. I would wish the main exhibition would be refreshed. It’s been the same for many years. While the special exhibitions do add to the “replay” value of the Durham, I do find the main part a little aged.
Written July 27, 2021
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hjhorvath379
Elkhart, IN8 contributions
A must see for families with kids of all ages
Jul 2021 • Family
This was one of the best museums we have ever been to (which has been a lot)! It is a must for any history lover or someone who wants to travel back in time to the 1940s. A tour of the passenger train is a must along with a walk through the history museum that tells the stories of the area from the early days of Native Americans to the 1950s. A snack at the soda fountain is a must! Their menu is small but very yummy. We enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches and ice cream sundaes and shakes. We will definitely be coming returning and highly recommend this museum.
Written July 21, 2021
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Homecroft56
Nineveh, IN358 contributions
Art Deco treasure - Step back in time
Jul 2021
A pleasant surprise - a great facility. Impressive this was built in 1930 as the Union Station for the railroads. Great Art Deco architecture that has been restored and seems like a big step back in time. 10,000 passengers a day used to flow through this station. Small cafe in the main hall that serves a tasty lunch in the original lunch counter. The basement area has a nice display of Omaha history over the years. Currently there is a special exhibit of James Cameron's "Into the Deep" which was a big surprise. Four videos, each about 12 minutes, very informative and interesting. Free parking in the lot. We have a tall RV that would not fit in the lot, no problem, free parking on the street in front.
Written July 15, 2021
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Britt M
Jackson, MO37 contributions
Fun for All
Jul 2021 • Family
Amazing examples of Art Deco design! Kids liked the talking statues. The James Cameron exhibit was interactive and I loved seeing the different artifacts and sketches. We got a phosphate, 2 malts and an ice cream sundae with very reasonable prices and the perfect treat while we were there!
Written July 14, 2021
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Karl C
suffield, ct212 contributions
Lunch at The Durham (Soda Fountain)
Jun 2021
You have to go to the Durham Museum because it is a gorgeous and grand 1931 Art Deco railroad station with awesome historical exhibits. All the stonework and neon are so beautiful. For a laugh and low budget lunch, have a bite at the old fashioned luncheonette, which is festooned with sineage from the Depression Era and staffed with high school kids as servers. I had a meatball grinder and apple sauce in a plastic single serve cup. My wife had the chicken salad meal with chips. Soft drinks were included. The bill with tax before tip was $16.06. Good to lower your overall vacation food budget and a feast for the eyes. Like the food, the service was acceptable -- and polite.
Written June 20, 2021
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Marc P
4 contributions
Excellent for a date with wife.
Jun 2021
A very nice visit to the Durham museum today with Jane. The current exhibit is James Cameron's" Into the Deep. ". I was unaware he was such an explorer. Very cool stuff of him at the deepest part of the ocean . Titanic and Bismarck shipwrecks. Also Titanic relics both from the real ship and his movie. Kate Winslet must be awful short and thin because her dress is tiny. Jane and I both said "That was way cool" on leaving. We recommend it. Don't forget to get a phosphate at the soda counter($2,25). . And Orsi's pizza ( An old Omaha Italian staple) is a block away, (Take out only but great).
Written June 16, 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM