Railroad Days 2009
801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108
(402) 444-5071

For this year’s Railroad Days, “Freight Train” Frank will be back at The Durham playing railroad songs, so sit back and enjoy the music or grab an instrument and get in on the fun! Visit House of Trains on Track Level to view model trains and have the chance to speak one-on-one with model railroad experts. New this year… The Swanson Gallery will be transformed to one of the largest model railroad displays we have ever had! Missouri Valley Free-Mo will be here with Model Railroaders from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota to setup scenes depicting actual locations in the Midwest. You won’t want to miss it! Plus, get up-close to Union Pacific’s Chicago and North Western Heritage locomotive, located behind the museum on track level. Guests will be able to take advantage of the museum’s current travelling exhibitions, American Adventure and Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII.
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. The Durham is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and has close ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives, and Chicago’s Field Museum.