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!

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. 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 2019: 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 take you along the path developers laid out so many years ago. Tour dates to be announced—check back soon.


Meet our Tour Guides

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

Register for TOURS

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UPCOMING TOURS

2:00 pm
**UPDATE 4/5 – SOLD OUT** Please call the museum to be placed on a waiting list. 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… Continue Reading SOLD OUT – Millionaires and Mansions North Tour

Jun 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

Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

6:00 pm
River City History Tour: Last Call for Alcohol: Omaha’s Bootlegging History **UPDATE 5/1 – SOLD OUT** Please call the museum to be placed on a waiting list. 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… Continue Reading SOLD OUT – Last Call for Alcohol Tour

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions – South Gold Coast **UPDATE 4/24- SOLD OUT** Please call the museum to be placed on a waiting list. 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… Continue Reading SOLD OUT – Millionaires and Mansions South Tour

Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

6:00 pm
River City History Tour: On Tap! Omaha’s Brewing History Omaha’s rich brewing traditions started in 1858 when Nebraska’s first brewer, Fredrick Krug, settled in our riverfront town and started his company. Over time the breweries that helped put Omaha on the map have come and gone, but that rich history and passion has remained and made resurgence in our city.… Continue Reading On Tap! Omaha’s Brewing History Tour

Aug 4 @ 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

6:00 pm
River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions – South Gold Coast **UPDATE 5/22- SOLD OUT** Please call the museum to be placed on a waiting list. 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… Continue Reading SOLD OUT – Millionaires and Mansions South Tour

Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Parks and Boulevards **UPDATE 5/16- SOLD OUT** Please call the museum to be placed on a waiting list. Did you know that Omaha, or “River City”, developed a beautiful parks and boulevard system beginning in the late 1800’s? In fact, much of this system remains today linking popular parks like Elmwood and Hanscom with gorgeous tree-lined… Continue Reading SOLD OUT – Parks and Boulevards Tour

2:00 pm
River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions – North Gold Coast **UPDATE 5/1 – SOLD OUT** Please call the museum to be placed on a waiting list. 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… Continue Reading SOLD OUT – Millionaires and Mansions North Tour

Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

6:00 pm
River City History Tour: On Tap! Omaha’s Brewing History Omaha’s rich brewing traditions started in 1858 when Nebraska’s first brewer, Fredrick Krug, settled in our riverfront town and started his company. Over time the breweries that helped put Omaha on the map have come and gone, but that rich history and passion has remained and made resurgence in our city.… Continue Reading On Tap! Omaha’s Brewing History Tour

Sep 22 @ 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
**UPDATE 5/15 – SOLD OUT** Please call the museum to be placed on a waiting list. 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… Continue Reading SOLD OUT – Millionaires and Mansions South Tour

Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

6:00 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 20 @ 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 1800’s? 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