***I received complimentary tickets to facilitate this review. But all pictures and opinions are 100% my own.
Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska should be on everyone’s must do list when they are in the area. Earlier this month my Mom and I had to travel to Omaha for an overnight stay and we had a little bit of free time. During our stay we visited Durham Museum as well as Lauritzen Gardens which are both equally impressive and a great addition to any itinerary while visiting Omaha. As soon we walked into the Durham Museum it was like taking a step back into time. The main lobby which is a permanent exhibit is set up just like it would have been years ago when trains were the main mode of transportation. We could almost hear the hustle and bustle of all of the passengers telling there stories, moving quickly place to place even sitting on the bench. The Durham Museum is rich in history the moment you walk into the door.
Personally, I think that the lobby was beautifully redone a masterpiece in and of itself and somewhere that I would enjoy sitting and reliving of days gone by. From the soda fountain to neon signs the train station was redone beautifully. The statues as you see above each told a story of places they have been, where they were going or just depicted the way Omaha’s Union Station would have been when the Transcontinental Railroad was being built. This is one of the ten train stations that Omaha had at the time and is just one of the 7 permanent exhibits in the Durham Museum!
After enjoying the entry way we made our way through the doorway to start our self guided tour. We were walked through history via photographs and of course a few relics along the way each exhibit telling a rich history of Omaha’s past. Reading each story made me travel back into time when things were much simpler as far as technology goes, but people worked harder at preserving their way of life.
Next up might have been my favorite part, next to the entrance because there was so many things to see and do! The Trish and Dick Davidson gallery has lots of exhibits including:
Bekins Moving and Storage
Buffet’s Grocery Store
O Scale Model Trains
I had a wonderful time with my mom checking out this area. So the best way I had to bring the museum to you was to put this video together of this exhibit.
Following this exhibit came the Baright Home and Family Gallery that included Omaha’s Indian Tribe heritage as well as traditional houses for blue collar workers. Starting as far back as the 1800’s to 1940’s modern looking houses for that time period.
And so the museum tour continued for a few more hours and of course through even more generations. But I don’t want to spoil the Durham Museum visit for you by giving you a complete virtual tour! But I promise that the Durham Museum is worth the price of admission! It was a very educational visit that was richer in history than even I could imagine. The Durham Museum is back on my list of things to do while visiting Omaha again because I know there were things there that I didn’t see.