Current Exhibits

james cameron – challenging the deep
NOW – October 3, 2021

Join The Durham Museum in welcoming the North American premiere of James Cameron – CHALLENGING THE DEEP! Immerse yourself in an underwater world in an exhibition that traces explorer and filmmaker James Cameron’s passion for deep ocean science, technology and exploration, including material on his record-breaking dive to the bottom of the planet in the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the submersible he co-designed and engineered.

Experience how James Cameron’s passion for understanding and exploring the ocean has shone a light on one of the most important and least explored parts of the Earth. The exhibition immerses you in an underwater environment using cinema-scale projections, artifacts and specimens from his expeditions. Explore the spectacular and mysterious abyss and discover the shipwrecks of Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck. See artifacts from the design and construction of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, which was built to withstand water pressure of 16,000 pounds per square inch.

Learn about how technologies pioneered by Cameron for underwater recording, lighting, communication and diving are employed both in his filmmaking and exploration. You’ll also see original film props and costumes from The Abyss and Titanic, including the iconic Heart of the Ocean diamond. Discover the world of a man driven to explore and meet the challenges of the deep.

James Cameron – CHALLENGING THE DEEP is a traveling exhibition produced by the Australian National Maritime Museum, in association with the Avatar Alliance Foundation and is toured internationally by Flying Fish.

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exhibit programming

Supported Locally by

Durham Society Media Support Provided byKETV


Adults: $11.00
Seniors (62+): $8.00
Children (ages 3 – 12): $7.00
Children 2 years and under FREE

Members: FREE!


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Omaha uncovered: Revealing History through art and story
NOW – november 21, 2021

History is revealed to us in many ways. Artifacts, photographs and personal memories can help us make connections to our past. The Durham Museum presents Omaha Uncovered: Revealing History Through Art and Story, an exhibit focused on uncovering the vast and fascinating history of our city. The exhibition highlights both preservation and conservation, giving visitors an up-close look into how history can come to life. During the exhibit, art conservator Kenneth Bé from the Ford Conservation Center will periodically be “on exhibit” actively conserving a historic mural from 1905 entitled Aerial View of Omaha that once hung in the lobby of the Omaha Bee newspaper office. The beautifully painted mural, which is part of the museum’s permanent collection, looks west from the Missouri River towards the western horizon and elegantly captures the layout of the Omaha of the past and present. Lovers of maps, history and art will enjoy seeing the faded mural brought to new life over the duration of the project. Guests can also see preservation in action in our working lab of the Photo Archive. Museum staff will be in the exhibit actively digitizing historic photographs from the museum collection as well as highlighting stories of iconic Omaha photos through the personal memories of long-time Omaha resident and retired museum employee/volunteer, Bill Gonzalez.

Art conservator Kenneth Bé is “on exhibit” actively conserving the Aerial View of Omaha mural during the times listed:

Opening Day · Saturday, August 7



*Except September 21 and 28



*Except September 23, 30, October 14 and November 11

Second Saturday of the Month
August 14, September 11, October 9 and November 1310AM – 1PM

exhibit programming

Supported Locally by

Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. D F Dillon Foundation Humanities Nebraska
Ramona and Deryl Hamann Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation Whitmore Charitable Trust

Media Support Provided byKETV

style and speed: passenger liner travel of the 20th century
NOW – October 3, 2021

In the early 20th century, passenger liner travel dominated the ocean waves. The rise of luxury ship companies like the White Star Line produced some of the most famous passenger liners in maritime history. Companies competed to outdo each other in luxury and speed. Social elites on either side of the Atlantic enjoyed an unparalleled experience sacrificing no comfort for the voyage. This exhibition presents a brief history of this golden age of transatlantic travel, using local stories such as Emil Brandeis’ ill-fated trip aboard the RMS Titanic and local society pages which brought news to Omaha of its citizens’ travels abroad.

Photo: Returning from India, 1920-1930, From Photograph Album of Ms. Eugenie Whitmore, The Durham Museum Permanent Collection

Education Alley

Beyond the Vote
NOW – january 30, 2022

Beyond the Vote

Over 100 years ago, women got the right to vote. The Durham is pleased to present a unique exhibition experience exploring the lasting impact of the 19th Amendment. Beyond the Vote blends iconic images of the past from our partners at the Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress with original contemporary artwork created by five local artists. The exhibit explores the themes at the heart of the suffrage movement—both for and against—and how those same themes about a woman’s place in the world continue to resonate today.

Photo: 1954, John Savage/Omaha-World Herald Collection | The Durham Museum Photo Archive | JS13-045

Featured Artists
Select each artist to learn about them and their exhibit piece.
Ariel Panowicz Celeste Butler Nancy Friedemann – Sánchez Renee’ A. Ledesma Sophie Newell

Supported Locally by

Humanities Nebraska Whitmore
Charitable Trust

Byron Reed

wonders and blunders
NOW – october 3, 2021

Books and manuscripts will be on display from the Byron Reed Collection to showcase the fantastical designs of early natural history textbooks and travel stories. Scientifically precise drawings of insects with gilded gold wings fill books on the flora and fauna of North America and details abound in the stories brought back by Lewis and Clark of the magnificent bears found across the American West. Yet, it is not all what it seems. Modern readers can look back to these works and see stereotypes or wildly outlandish claims not rooted in science or fact. Today we have the benefit of looking back, but one day our current natural history guides might be in an exhibit of their own.

Photo: Studer’s Popular Ornithology | 1881  |  The Byron Reed Collection | MISC 164

Byron Reed

19th century celebrities: a modern translation
NOW – october 3, 2021

Throughout the 19th century, standards for women were enough to be called rules. She must not only be a woman but be a lady too. To be a lady one must marry and have children, depend on her husband financially and stay out of the public sphere. Some women opposed this thinking, especially those who became performers. This exhibit highlights a few such women who persisted with their art and rose to fame despite the prejudices against them.

Photo: Portrait of Lotta Crabtree  |  circa 1900-1920  |   The Byron Reed Collection  |  BR5C13

Photo Archive Gallery

Sporty Women: The desire to compete
NOW – december 31, 2021

Sporty Women ExhibitEqual treatment for women in sports is as modern a topic today as it was for women 100 years ago. Concepts of proper lady-like behavior both in actions and dress were present from the early days of female athletics. Using images from The Durham Museum Photo Archive, this exhibit highlights elements of conflicting standards that allowed women to compete in sports if they maintained the appearance of femininity. The selection of images traces changes over time to uniforms and sports women can play while highlighting the long-term conversation about the role of women as athletes.

Photo: Early sporting dress | 1911 | Homer O. Frohardt Collection
The Durham Museum Photo Archive | HOFP-1927