The Durham Museum

What does it take to create a videogame, line up rhythms like the best DJs, or design a roller coaster that produces the biggest thrills? Whether it’s art, music, or engineering, math and science are crucial to meet these design challenges. In Design Zone, you can go behind the scenes and see how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do the amazing things they do.

Step into a recording studio and discover how many beats per second it takes to get bodies moving on the dance floor. Go behind the scenes at a bike race where you can test gear combinations, then pedal to victory as you compete on three challenging courses. Enter the videogame design area, figure out the formulas needed to create on-screen action, then leap through to the next level of your game challenge. Through it all, you’ll solve real-world challenges and discover how math and science are essential to the creative process.

Design Zone
focuses on creative problem solving using algebraic thinking in a context that is relevant, educational and fun! The exhibit is designed for families and school groups alike. Design Zone supports STEM education, offering mathematically rich experiences for students outside of the classroom environment.

Join us for opening day! Saturday, May 24, 2014
Members-Only Continental Breakfast   |   9–11AM
Designing takes brain power, so why not get some brain fuel? Enjoy a complimentary light continental breakfast from 9-11AM in the Swanson Gallery before you put your skills to the test in Design Zone. Museum members can also get their picture taken at the WOWT NBC Omaha free photo booth and receive a complimentary puzzle pen from First National Bank, all before the museum opens to the general public at 10AM.

Please call 402-444-5071 or email to save your spot!

Opening Day Action   |   10AM–3PM
Come celebrate the opening of Design Zone and experience creativity in action! Be among the first to see the exhibit, plus take part in special opening day activities including a DJ dance party throughout the day and paper airplane design and test station. From 10AM until noon, you can learn about green screen technology while striking a pose at the WOWT NBC Omaha free photo booth, and the first 1,000 visitors will receive a complimentary puzzle pen from First National Bank!

Ways to design your family summer fun

Family Movie Nights
Beat the heat with these super summer movies on select Tuesday evenings at The Durham! The movies start at 5:30PM, so bring your comfy blanket and settle in for a night of film fun inspired by creativity, math, music and more, plus free popcorn compliments of First National Bank. Please visit for movie descriptions.
Swiss Family Robinson
June 3  |  5:30 PM
Rating: G
126 min: A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. Starring: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur

June 17  |  5:30 PM
Rating: PG-13 (some strong language)
133 min: Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. Starring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill

Pitch Perfect
July 1  |  5:30 PM
Rating: PG-13 (some sexual material, language, drug references)
112 min: Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy
into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson

Art (+) Smart Saturdays

Select Saturdays, 10AM–3PM
Bring the whole family down for special Saturday programming highlighting how math takes creative careers to the next level! Each Saturday will feature special guests and activities that will take your Design Zone experience even further. Visit for more information.
Art & Architecture Day | June 14
Music Day | June 21
Engineering Action Day | June 28
Designing Memory: The Art and Technology of Monuments
presented by Martin Moeller
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30PM presentation,
dessert reception immediately following

Join The Durham Museum and Martin Moeller, Senior Curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., as we explore how art and technology have come together to create some of the most treasured national monuments. From technical challenges to innovative materials and concepts, discover the hidden history behind the Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument and other iconic structures across American and throughout the world.

The creation of Design Zone was made possible by the generous support of the National Science Foundation. The exhibition was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Design Zone is supported locally by Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc., Valmont Industries, Inc., First National Bank, Douglas County Commissioners, The Durham Society, George F. Haddix and HDR, Inc. Media support provided by WOWT Channel 6.