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 an official National Historic Landmark, the station is one of the best examples of art deco architecture in the country.
Located one block south of Omaha’s Historic Old Market, The Durham Museum offers unique, hands-on learning for people of all ages. Climb aboard train cars from the 1940s and 50s, enjoy vibrant exhibits and gorgeous art deco architecture. You’ll find permanent exhibits that explore our region’s vibrant history, temporary exhibitions that spotlight fascinating global topics and numerous artifacts showing the history of the region. The Durham blends the contemporary with the nostalgic, making it a place where generations truly connect.
As the home to Omaha’s largest indoor Christmas tree, The Durham Museum’s Christmas at Union Station is one of the region’s most cherished traditions. During this season-long celebration, the Museum hosts many exceptional events including the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Cultural Festival and Holiday Concert Series. Visit Santa and his reindeer and take in the sights of our gorgeous forty-foot-tall twinkly tree!
No matter when you visit, you can claim a seat at our old-fashioned 1931 Soda Fountain and enjoy a traditional milkshake, sundae or phosphate. Make sure to stop at the Hitchcock Museum Shop to find that perfect souvenir or gift to remember your trip to Omaha!
Guided or self-guided tours of the museum and/or our nationally traveling exhibitions are the perfect for bus groups! Whether you’re interested in learning about Union Station’s one-of-a-kind Art Deco architecture or grounding yourself in Omaha’s early history, your group is sure to have a fun (and dare we say educational) experience together at The Durham.
For more information visit DurhamMuseum.org or call 402-444-5071.