TEMPORARY CLOSURE NOTICE: We were notified Thursday that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we will be CLOSED ON FRIDAY, September 25. This staff member did not have any direct exposure to our guests.Per our policy, we will close for 24 hours to do a deep clean. We will reopen Saturday, September 25 at 10AM. Thank you for your understanding.

Current Exhibits

Education Alley Gallery

Taking it to the Streets: Grading Downtown Omaha
NOW – January 31, 2021

Grading Downtown

House on the Edge, Douglas Street, 1891, Bostwick-Frohardt/KM3TV Collection, The Durham Museum Photo Archive, BF14-254(04)

To combat six major hills in downtown Omaha the city undertook extensive street projects to lower inclines. This work was done throughout the 1880s–1920s with the largest of the projects being the grading of Dodge Street in 1920. In some locations, buildings were brought down to a new level 18 feet lower than the original foundation. Tempers ran high between neighbors going mad with the constant noise, businesses and homes being literally uprooted and some downtown residents even suing the city for damages and lack of sleep. In the end, the grading of Dodge Street cost over one million dollars and moved over 300,000 cubic yards of dirt. Through this photography exhibit, see what all the fuss was about and how times have changed the streets of downtown Omaha.


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 Union Station
Photo Archive Gallery

Sporty Women: The desire to compete
NOW – december 31, 2020

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