THE DURHAM MUSEUM
801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108
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During Railroad Days, visitors will experience Union Station like it was in the 1930’s. Imagine when the station was bustling with travelers and courageous special agents who kept law and order on the railroad. That is the setting in which you can do your own special agent investigation and help solve “The Mystery of the Boxcar Caper”! Before the next train can depart the station, an outlaw, seen robbing freight and pick-pocketing passengers, must be found. Colorful characters including, the Station Master, train Conductor, hobos and vibrant passengers will engage visitors with theatrical skits, providing clues to where the train robber might be hiding. Help keep law and order on the railroad and come prepared to solve the caper and reveal the outlaw! Guests can also enjoy special presentations about train robbers of the Old West and the Union Pacific’s special agents who stood for safety and justice on the railroad. There will also be musical presentations for all ages from local musician, David Seay, on “Train Songs and Tales of the Westward Rails”.
On January 15, 1931, Omaha’s Union Station opened its doors to the public and was recognized as one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the Midwest. In its heyday, the station served over ten thousand passengers daily. Today, Union Station is home to The Durham Museum, one of the country’s most vibrant and beautiful hands-on museums. Visitors can explore exhibits that preserve the areas rich history including an extensive train car exhibit with a steam engine, a Pullman car, Lounge cars, and a caboose. There is also an impressive 100-foot “O” gauge model train layout representing Union Pacific’s double track main line during the 1950s.
Visitors can also experience our special traveling exhibition, A T. rex Named Sue, created by Chicago’s Field Museum. The exhibition explores how this remarkable creature interacted with its world and what we can learn from studying its bones. Revel in the sheer size of a fully articulated, life-sized skeleton cast, look a cast of Sue’s skull in the eye, and experience Sue’s movement, vision and sense of smell for yourself. After visiting Sue, little explorers can stop by Excavation Station, which provides hands-on dinosaur fun and paleontology experience complete with a dig pit, a book nook, and puzzles to piece it all together!
Refreshments will be available for purchase at our old fashioned soda fountain.