Durham Museum

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801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE, USA
www.durhammuseum.org - (402) 444-5071

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Andy99 Andy99
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History comes Alive in a Historic Railway Station Aug 03, 2013
The Durham Museum presents Omaha's story, told in the surroundings of the former Omaha Union Station. There is something here to interest the history buff, the architecture enthusiast, and the railway enthusiast alike. I'm all those, so it was really a great place for me to discover! :)

Omaha Union Station opened in 1931, built in a monumental Art Deco style. It closed in 1971 with the coming of Amtrak and the discontinuance of Union Pacific passenger trains. But, the vast interior space was soon repurposed and preserved as a museum. First known as the Durham Western Heritage Museum, the museum has expanded the scope of its exhibits in partnership with the Smithsonian.

The upper floor is the former Waiting Room. This space has been preserved largely as it was, in order to tell the story of Omaha and its railroads. (I'm really glad they did this!) THe former ticket windows enclose the gift shop, while a number of sculptural figures in period dress are placed through the waiting Room. As you approach them, the figures speak to tell their story or speak to each other. A woman with her grandchildren asks directions from a Red Cap. A couple are about to be separated as the man goes off to World War II. A traveling salesman tries to figure out his route, and more. It is extremely effective!

The lower level houses the main exhibits. We learn about the Native American Omaha people, from which the city takes it name. Exploration of the Trans-Missisippi West and the building and development of Omaha figure large. An exhibit of photos tells the story of the disastrous 1913 Omaha Tornado that nearly leveled the city. Then there are the trains! A steam locomotive, three passenger cars, a caboose, and a vintage streetcar are on display.

"A T. Rex Named Sue" was a special traveling exhibit on display when we were here. A cast of the most compete Tyrannosaurs Rex skeleton ever found struck a menacing pose while accompanying interactive exhibits explained how knowledge of dinosaurs, especially the Tyrannosaurus, has changed over time.

The museum is close to the Old Market District and should be investigated when you are here.

Admission is $9. Photography is permitted.
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sylviandavid says:
Congratulations.... I love it... A T-Rex named Sue.... Happy to see you featured!
Posted on: Sep 22, 2013
cotton_foam says:
Congrats, Andy!! Deserving for a thorough and helplful review!
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review Andy!:)
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013
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