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Are you a parent on the run? Then don’t sweat the details of planning your child’s next birthday party. Let The Durham do it for you! Simply supply the cake, and we’ll create a memorable party for your child!

All birthday parties at The Durham Museum include the following:
• A 90-minute rental of a decorated private party room for up to twelve children and four adults
• A guided tour through the museum exhibits tailored to fit your chosen theme
• A themed craft and/or other activity
• One-scoop ice cream sundaes with toppings
• A staff member to assist in set-up/clean-up, lead the tour, and facilitate any crafts or activities
• A goody bag of party favors for each child
• Invitations and thank you cards
• Plates, cups, napkins, and forks – you can select the color

Themed Party Prices
Members: $200.00
Non-Members: $220.00
$5 for each additional person over 12 children and 4 adults
$100 deposit due upon reservation

Create-Your-Own Party Prices
Members: $150.00
Non-Members: $170.00
$5 for each additional person over 12 children and 4 adults
$100 deposit due upon reservation

For more information on holding your child’s birthday party at The Durham Museum, contact the Education Department at (402) 444-5027 or email at

Partygoers learn all about trains during this power-packed birthday full of fun and excitement! After punching your ticket hop on the train for a guided tour that includes our passenger trains, caboose, steam engine, and more! A wonderful story followed by a train craft project will make this a birthday you will never forget!
(Recommended Age: 4+)

Party Schedule:
• Welcome Birthday Party Guests to the Party Room
• Guided Tour including the museum’s passenger trains, caboose, engine, model trains and streetcar
• Story time: Steam, Smoke, and Steel by Patrick O’Brien
• Geometric Train Craft
• Enjoy Ice Cream Sundaes (cake if desired)
• Open Gifts

Step back into time and visit our log cabin and historic schoolroom to experience life as a Nebraska pioneer. Learn about pioneer homes, grind coffee, and even try on pioneer clothing! Other activities include pioneer games like “Hide the Thimble” and a yarn doll craft!
(Recommended Age: 5+)

Party Schedule:
• Welcome birthday party guests to the party room
• Guided tour of the Log Cabin. Children will try on pioneer clothing, grind coffee, and play games such as Button, Button, Drop the Handkerchief, and Hide the Thimble
• Story time: Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson
• Yarn doll craft
• Enjoy ice cream sundaes (cake if desired)
• Open gifts

Goose Bumps! | September 28, 2013 – January 5, 2014
This party is sure to be scarily fun! Created by the California Science Center, Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, will be packed full of entertainment for your birthday girl or boy. Before even touring the exhibit, party goers will get the inside scoop on the science of their senses, by participating in hands on experiments that deal with your sense of touch, smell, and more. (Recommended for ages 8+)

* All exhibition themed parties must be booked during display dates.

The Durham Museum is home to an original 1930’s Soda Fountain! Spend your birthday learning how to be a real soda jerk! You and your guests will experience behind the scenes tour, followed by a chance to make your own ice cream sundaes. Finish up with an exciting story about ice cream and a craft that will become a special keepsake from the day.
(Recommended Age: 3+)

Party Schedule:
• Welcome birthday party guests to the party room
• Guided tour of the Soda Fountain and history of the museum
• Story time: Ice Cream for Sale by Elaine Greenstein
• Ice door hanger craft
• Enjoy ice cream sundaes (cake if desired)
• Open Gifts

Do you have a party already planned and need a unique place to have it? Then The Durham Museum is the place for you! We’ll provide a private party room, ice cream sundaes, invitations, and thank-you cards. You provide the fun! In addition to the decorated party room, guests have the opportunity to self-guide throughout the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits.
(Recommended Age: 3+)


Birthday Party Registration Form

Please complete the following information and a member of The Durham Museum's Education Department will contact you to schedule your party!
*Child's full name:
*Requested Birthday Party Date:
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*Requested Birthday Party Time:
*Parent/Guardian full name:
*Street Address:
Alternate Phone:
Email Address:
Durham Museum Member?:

*Color for Table Covering, Plates, Napkins and Cups: