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

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!


For both public and private tours, select from seven choices, each offering a unique viewpoint into the early years of the city. 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 Tour in 2018: The Great Escape: Exploring Omaha’s Historic Theaters!

Enhanced Tours with Historic Photos:  Guests aboard Gritty City, On Tap!, Expositions to Jazz Musicians and The Great Escape will be able to flip through historic photos from The Durham Museum Photo Archive on tablets during the tour to enhance the experience.  These guests will also receive a coupon for 10% off any single purchase of digital photographs from
The Durham’s Photo Archive.

Meet our Tour Guides


Sep 23 @ 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
2:00 pm
SOLD OUT!  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… Continue Reading Millionaires and Mansions South Tour – SOLD OUT!
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
6:00 pm
River City History Tour: Gritty City Meet Omaha City: a rough and tumble town that is growing into a thriving city! It wasn’t always easy, but early citizens, businesses, and events helped shape Omaha into the metropolis it is today. Explore downtown Omaha, the old and the new, including the Paxton Hotel, Orpheum Theater, and the former sites of many… Continue Reading Gritty City Tour
2:00 pm
River City History Tour: The Great Escape: Exploring Omaha’s HistoricTheaters In 1865, Potter’s Theater opened at 14th and Douglas, launching what would be Omaha’s impressive theater history. From that first theater, to the Orpheum, to our modern-day cinemas over 150 years later, the people of Omaha have enjoyed the value of entertainment. Generations have gathered to see traveling plays, the… Continue Reading The Great Escape: Exploring Omaha’s Historic Theaters

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