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Current Exhibits

Dressing the Abbey
NOW – January 8, 2023

Dressing the Abbey

Dressing the Abbey is a costume exhibition that highlights fashion from one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey. Experience original costumes worn by the stars of Downton Abbey that depict fashions of the British aristocracy in the early 20th century. The exhibition showcases the turbulence and changes in the late Edwardian era through the 1920s using the fashions of the period while evoking fans’ favorite moments.

The exhibition’s award-winning costumes created for the British hit drama were produced by the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd. The costumes were created for the show’s aristocratic Crawley family and their servants who inhabit the fictional English country estate of Downton Abbey. The costumes range from country tweeds and riding outfits; servants’ uniforms and footmen’s livery; to lavish evening attire crafted from sumptuous fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace and beading. Dressing the Abbey weaves popular culture, fashion and history in an exhibition borrowed from Downton Abbey’s wardrobe.

The exhibition is developed and distributed by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, England. The exhibition is not endorsed by, sponsored by, licensed by, associated with, or otherwise affiliated with the television series Downton Abbey™, NBC Universal International, Carnival Film and Television Limited or their representatives.

“Dressing the Abbey” Exhibit Programming

Dressing the Abbey is Supported Locally by

Howard and Rhonda Hawks
Douglas County Nebraska logo HDR
D.F. Dillon Foundation

Kathi and Louis Rotella, Jr.

Shirley and Dan Neary

Whitmore Charitable Trust
Education Alley

Theater Row: Stage and Screen in Early 20th Century Omaha

now – January 29, 2023

Theatre Row

During the first half of the 20th century, along Douglas Street between 14th and 16th, was a boom of theater houses whose development tells a story of the evolution of stage to screen. This exhibit highlights four giants of early theater houses in Omaha that gave this area a name of ‘Theater Row.’ The focus of this exhibit are the architectural giants including The Empress, The Moon, The Rialto and The World Theater. Using photographs and objects from the museum’s collection, each theater tells a story tied to the growth of Omaha and the development of the theater industry from its earliest connections to vaudevillian stage acts to the more modern films of today. Like shows of old, stories presented will fascinate and enthrall.


Adults: $13*
Seniors (62+): $10*
Military/Veteran: $10*
Children (ages 3 – 12): $7*
Children 2 years and under FREE

Members: FREE!


Advance reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
Members, your free admission discount is applied near the end of the online registration process.

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Photo Archive

On the Homefront: Nebraska and WWII
now – December 31

This exhibition was developed by Durham Museum Intern and Creighton University graduate Mallory Cranwell.
This exhibit is curated using nine photographs from the Photo Archive to tell a story of how people in Omaha reacted to World War II. Like cities around the country, Omahans channeled their industries and energy into helping the national war effort. Immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor, they enlisted to fight, organized bond drives, practiced rationing, grew victory gardens and collected scrap metal. Along with the celebratory coming together of a community there was also division, as one image relates the story of Reverend Kano who was jailed and sent to a Japanese internment camp. Each photograph presents a snapshot of a moment in time and how Omaha reflected the emotions and movements of a nation at war.

Photo: Selling War Bonds, July 1942, John Savage/Omaha World-Herald Collection, JS42D(1)-080

Byron ReedA Gentleman’s Collection

A Gentleman’s Collection:
Highlights from the Byron Reed Vault
now – December 31

A collection can provide insight into the passions and interests of the collector, and the time in which they lived. A Gentleman’s Collection focuses on one such collector, Byron Reed. On display are ticket stubs to local concerts and pamphlets from social functions he attended, as well as books on subjects ranging from astronomy to the complete history of the United States. In his collection are the rare and unique but also the mundane, everyday artifacts of his daily life. By examining these items, this exhibit attempts to illustrate a story about who Byron Reed was based on what he thought important to keep.

This exhibition was developed by Durham Museum Intern and Creighton University graduate, Thomas Haggstrom.

Image: Order of Dancing for a Ball, 1850, The Byron Reed Collection


Political Practices

Political Practices:
The Uses of Broadsides as Propaganda
now – December 31

On display in Political Practices are four examples of political propaganda from the 1800s housed in the Byron Reed collection. The word propaganda means information given in support of a cause, candidate or campaign. What words attract attention? How is information presented? This exhibit explores the language of propaganda to show universal traits that may draw a line of similarities between modern and historical methods.

This exhibition was developed by Durham Museum Intern and University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate, Mary Jo Rasmussen.

Image: Election Poster for Douglas County, Nebraska, 1860, The Byron Reed Collection