The Durham Museum
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
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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.
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  • marysB9802VO
    12 contributions
    Annual membership is a bargin
    My (also single) girlfirend and I get a joint annual memebership-$55.00 and both of us use the pass to see the exhibits we like and take new friends with us as a guest. At Christmas we have gone to see the tree for 25years with our children, who are now grown and still go with us to see the tree. There are great art exhibits visual quirky and history/memory exhibits...all well worth more than just the price of admission.
    Thank you for being such a great supporter of the museum! We really appreciate it!
    Written February 4, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2019
    Written February 3, 2020
  • Brandon
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania428 contributions
    Pulitzer Photograph - Must See
    The Pulitzer exhibit that they have there currently is worth the admission alone. This is a very powerful display of photographs that everyone should go see. The rest of the museum is very neat as well with many different train types and local history of the area.
    Thank you and thanks for visiting!
    Written September 9, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2020
    Written August 13, 2020
  • Steve M
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania53 contributions
    Worthwhile
    We like old train stations in major cities and have visited stations in NYC, LA, St. Louis, and many more. They are all similar yet different. This one is oustanding. The most unusual thing is that it is incorporated with a small museum. This results in a small admission fee, (We went on $5.00 Tues after 5). The station is nicely restored and features some informative plaques and a few bronze statues of passengers, customers etc. We spent some time in the station and were prepared to leave when we decided to peak into the permanent museum (not the dinosaur show or whatever may be rotating). Pleasant surprise. Small managable museum that had a couple of old trains (not just the locomotive) that you could walk through, a few unusual old vehicles and quite a few displays of western history, mainly 1800s-1940. Great way to spend a couple of hours.
    Visited July 2022
    Written July 18, 2022
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Louetta S
Omaha, NE1,511 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
When we have out of town guests the Durham is a must see for local history.
Our family enjoyed several hours of the beauty of the art deco main floor, as well as early Omaha local cultural and history
You can walk through a train, sit on a street car, stroll through local history.
We all enjoyed.
My suggestion is that military should get an admission discount, due to the history of the former train station with the military. Not just on membership. Not just a thank you to our out of town son for his service! A membership would not be beneficial due to being stationed out of the area.
Written February 21, 2020
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Thanks for your support and for such a nice review! We appreciate the feedback regarding military discounts.
Written February 22, 2020
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Louetta S
Omaha, NE1,511 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
The Durham is a beautiful art deco former railroad station that had been restored. They have several special exhibits throughout the year. The current 1 is a Jim Henson exhibt. In addition, is a accurate overview of the city. We take our out of town guests to see Omaha history. They always enjoy. We are members and get our money's worth. Day tickets are still a good value for your money. The main area has several life size statues depicting passengers waiting to take a train. They decorate seasonal whuch us fun.The original soda fountain is delish! COVID safe masks, plastic shields etc.
Enjoy
Written October 24, 2020
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Thank you for your support and for the nice review!
Written October 26, 2020
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LowtideLowlife
Milton, DE56 contributions
Jan 2020
A wonderful building beautifully preserved. A true gem for the Omaha area. The picture might be a little deceiving. There is a downstairs area where the actual train station was with awesome train cars that you can walk through. Well worth the trip if you're in the Omaha area, especially if you enjoy trains.
Written January 16, 2020
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Thank you for the kind review! So glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written January 17, 2020
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Britt M
Jackson, MO37 contributions
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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Lhawk99
Kansas City, MO14 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Confusing layout, no help from front desk people.

Liked that they had strollers on-site.

Trains were great.

Dino exhibit was so-so (liked that it was hands on experience for the kids), but it was small.

Historic building was beautiful, and parking was free and easily accessible.

Not worth the price. It was $43 for 2 kids & 2 adults, took us about an hour to get through the whole thing. Unless there’s an exhibit you REALLY want to see, I would not recommend.
Written June 13, 2022
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hjhorvath379
Elkhart, IN8 contributions
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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Jane M
Raleigh, NC25 contributions
May 2021
I am older and overweight but was super excited to visit and walked all the way to the back to see all the blooms thinking I could pay for and take the tram back. Wrong! You have to buy it in the beginning although they have a building and office in the back of the garden. I walked back no real issues with several stops, just have one bad ankle and know my limits. I feel certain they would make a ton of additional money by allowing for Tran tickets to be purchased at the back stop. Had also hoped to get back and have lunch at the cafe before it closed and didn’t .... another missed opportunity to take my money! The outside gardens weren’t really doing anything but the inside green house was lovely.
Written May 26, 2021
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Michelle Seldon
Fulton, MS32 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
The Durham History Museum is a must-visit in Omaha! In addition to the ongoing exhibits, the museum hosts a variety of visiting exhibits, so check their website to see what upcoming events and/or displays may be of interest to you!! I personally enjoyed climbing in the cockpit of the steam engine and then starting at the other end of the train and going through the caboose and the various cars as they looked in the 1940s and 1950s during the glory days of train travel. The talking statues give interesting lessons about the types of people that travelled through this former Union Station, especially the thousands of military personnel off to fight during WW2. Other exhibits cover various aspects of U.S. history, as well as some fascinating looks into Native American culture. The architecture of the building itself is fascinating. There was a neat souvenir shop and a working diner/malt shoppe with a counter and stools along with tables and chairs out front!
Written August 30, 2022
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LGCB
Phoenix, AZ184 contributions
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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Alicia_JA
Chicago309 contributions
May 2022
I chose to spend the morning here because I wanted to see the preservation of union station. It did not disappoint. The building is in perfcet condition and you can't help but feel you have traveled back in time. The neon lights are all functioning, the soda fountain is working, and the wooden benches look beautiful. I could not help but think of all of the people who once walked this hall. The statues set up around the station have recordings of stories told by travelers through union station. I also enjoyed the short fild on the history of Omaha.
Written May 22, 2022
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Thanks for visiting Alicia!
Written May 31, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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