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River City History Tours

The past comes alive during The Durham Museum’s River City History Tours, historically accurate and entertaining tours that share the fascinating history of Omaha! Explore the city’s vibrant past aboard Ollie the Trolley and hear stories from knowledgeable tour guides. These driving tours aboard Ollie the Trolley begin and end at the The Durham Museum.

Private River City History Tours

Update 3/20 **PRIVATE RIVER CITY HISTORY TOURS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL 30**

Available year-round for groups of up to 42
Grab your friends, co-workers or family members and hit the streets for a private River City History tour. Pick your date and time (subject to availability) and the tour of your choice and have the whole trolley to yourself!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

For both public and private tours, select from six choices, each offering a unique viewpoint into the early years of the city. You can register online for a public tour below. For more information on reserving your space on a public tour or scheduling a private tour, please contact The Durham Museum Education Department at 402-444-5027 or education@durhammuseum.org.


New This Year! Remember the Ladies Tour

When learning about the founding of Omaha, we often hear the stories of Grenville Dodge, the Kountze Brothers, and Edward Creighton amongst many other male founders. However, in the words of United States First Lady, Mrs. Abigail Adams we must “remember the ladies”. Hop on a trolley tour with us in honor of the founding ladies of Omaha including real-estate businesswoman, Mrs. Catherine B. Nash, the National Printing Company’s, Rose Rosicky, and the successful businesswoman and owner of one of early Omaha’s brothels, Anna Wilson. This tour will take you to several historic buildings, areas and businesses that were owned and/or ran by early Omaha women as well as the still-standing buildings that employed hundreds of women in fields including manufacturing, railroading, and entertainment.


Meet our Tour Guides

Tours run 1-1/2 to 2 hours long depending on the tour.

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UPCOMING TOURS

May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Remember the Ladies When learning about the founding of Omaha, we often hear the stories of Grenville Dodge, the Kountze Brothers, and Edward Creighton amongst many other male founders.  However, in the words of United States First Lady, Mrs. Abigail Adams we must “remember the ladies”. Hop on a trolley tour with us in honor of… Continue Reading Remember the Ladies Tour

May 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions – South Gold Coast Take a trip to the early 1900s in the area south of Dodge Street in mid-town Omaha. Many landmarks in the city are located here including the Blackstone Hotel, the Storz Mansion and the home of Arthur and Zerlina Brandeis. Visitors will see the beauty of traditional architecture and… Continue Reading Millionaires and Mansions South Tour

Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Parks and Boulevards Did you know that Omaha, or “River City”, developed a beautiful parks and boulevard system beginning in the late 1800s? In fact, much of this system remains today linking popular parks like Elmwood and Hanscom with gorgeous tree-lined streets such as Happy Hollow and Lincoln Boulevard. Our new “Parks and Boulevards” tour will… Continue Reading Parks and Boulevards Tour

Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

6:00 pm
River City History Tour: Last Call for Alcohol: Omaha’s Bootlegging History The 18th Amendment to the Constitution did not stop people’s thirst for alcohol. By the time prohibition was the law of the land in 1919, Nebraska had been “dry” for two years. Organized crime syndicates had established a well-oiled machine to profit from those wanting to purchase illegal drink… Continue Reading Last Call for Alcohol Tour

Jun 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions – North Gold Coast Explore the neighborhoods north of Dodge Street in mid-town Omaha. Along the way, learn about the Mercer Mansion, Joslyn Castle and the Louis Nash residence. The trolley will drive on the first curved street in the city and visitors will see many stately homes in the original “West Omaha.”… Continue Reading Millionaires and Mansions North Tour

Jul 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions – South Gold Coast Take a trip to the early 1900s in the area south of Dodge Street in mid-town Omaha. Many landmarks in the city are located here including the Blackstone Hotel, the Storz Mansion and the home of Arthur and Zerlina Brandeis. Visitors will see the beauty of traditional architecture and… Continue Reading Millionaires and Mansions South Tour

Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

6:00 pm
River City History Tour: Last Call for Alcohol: Omaha’s Bootlegging History The 18th Amendment to the Constitution did not stop people’s thirst for alcohol. By the time prohibition was the law of the land in 1919, Nebraska had been “dry” for two years. Organized crime syndicates had established a well-oiled machine to profit from those wanting to purchase illegal drink… Continue Reading Last Call for Alcohol Tour

Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions – North Gold Coast Explore the neighborhoods north of Dodge Street in mid-town Omaha. Along the way, learn about the Mercer Mansion, Joslyn Castle and the Louis Nash residence. The trolley will drive on the first curved street in the city and visitors will see many stately homes in the original “West Omaha.”… Continue Reading Millionaires and Mansions North Tour

Aug 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: From Expositions to Jazz Musicians In 1898, North Omaha hosted the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition, which celebrated technology and showed that life was civilized west of the Mississippi River. Following the Exposition, stately homes, parks and jazz halls made this area a cultural center of Omaha. On this trolley ride, the trolley will even stop at the… Continue Reading From Expositions to Jazz Musicians Tour

Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

6:00 pm
River City History Tour: Remember the Ladies When learning about the founding of Omaha, we often hear the stories of Grenville Dodge, the Kountze Brothers, and Edward Creighton amongst many other male founders. However, in the words of United States First Lady, Mrs. Abigail Adams we must “remember the ladies”. Hop on a trolley tour with us in honor of… Continue Reading Remember the Ladies Tour

Aug 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions – South Gold Coast Take a trip to the early 1900s in the area south of Dodge Street in mid-town Omaha. Many landmarks in the city are located here including the Blackstone Hotel, the Storz Mansion and the home of Arthur and Zerlina Brandeis. Visitors will see the beauty of traditional architecture and… Continue Reading Millionaires and Mansions South Tour

Sep 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: From Expositions to Jazz Musicians In 1898, North Omaha hosted the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition, which celebrated technology and showed that life was civilized west of the Mississippi River. Following the Exposition, stately homes, parks and jazz halls made this area a cultural center of Omaha. On this trolley ride, the trolley will even stop at the… Continue Reading From Expositions to Jazz Musicians Tour

Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

6:00 pm
River City History Tour: Parks and Boulevards Did you know that Omaha, or “River City”, developed a beautiful parks and boulevard system beginning in the late 1800s? In fact, much of this system remains today linking popular parks like Elmwood and Hanscom with gorgeous tree-lined streets such as Happy Hollow and Lincoln Boulevard. Our new “Parks and Boulevards” tour will… Continue Reading Parks and Boulevards Tour

Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Remember the Ladies When learning about the founding of Omaha, we often hear the stories of Grenville Dodge, the Kountze Brothers, and Edward Creighton amongst many other male founders. However, in the words of United States First Lady, Mrs. Abigail Adams we must “remember the ladies”. Hop on a trolley tour with us in honor of… Continue Reading Remember the Ladies Tour

Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions – North Gold Coast Explore the neighborhoods north of Dodge Street in mid-town Omaha. Along the way, learn about the Mercer Mansion, Joslyn Castle and the Louis Nash residence. The trolley will drive on the first curved street in the city and visitors will see many stately homes in the original “West Omaha.”… Continue Reading Millionaires and Mansions North Tour

Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Last Call for Alcohol: Omaha’s Bootlegging History The 18th Amendment to the Constitution did not stop people’s thirst for alcohol. By the time prohibition was the law of the land in 1919, Nebraska had been “dry” for two years. Organized crime syndicates had established a well-oiled machine to profit from those wanting to purchase illegal drink… Continue Reading Last Call for Alcohol Tour

Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Parks and Boulevards Did you know that Omaha, or “River City”, developed a beautiful parks and boulevard system beginning in the late 1800s? In fact, much of this system remains today linking popular parks like Elmwood and Hanscom with gorgeous tree-lined streets such as Happy Hollow and Lincoln Boulevard. Our new “Parks and Boulevards” tour will… Continue Reading Parks and Boulevards Tour