River City History Tours

The past comes alive during River City History Tours at The Durham Museum! River City History Tours are historically accurate, entertaining and share the fascinating history of Omaha. Explore the city’s vibrant past aboard Ollie the Trolley and hear stories from knowledgeable tour guides. Select from six unique tours, including our new tour: Remember the Ladies: The Women of Early Omaha.

Please note: Ollie the Trolley has taken special precautions to keep you safe from COVID 19.  Trolleys are sanitized before every reservation, along with applying a disinfectant fog treatment.

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 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.


Meet our Tour Guides

Tours vary in length from 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Register for TOURS

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UPCOMING TOURS

Jun 13 @ 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 River City History Tours

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 take visitors to see many stately homes in the original “West Omaha.” Select the burgundy ticket icon above to register. Learn… Continue Reading River City History Tours

Jul 13 @ 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 River City History Tours

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 River City History Tours

Aug 10 @ 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 River City History Tours

Aug 15 @ 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 River City History Tours

Aug 22 @ 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 and 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. The trolley will even stop at the historic Florence Mill!… Continue Reading River City History Tours

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 take visitors to see many stately homes in the original “West Omaha.” Select the burgundy ticket icon above to register. Learn… Continue Reading River City History Tours

Aug 31 @ 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 River City History Tours

Sep 5 @ 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 and 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. The trolley will even stop at the historic Florence Mill!… Continue Reading River City History Tours

Sep 14 @ 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. This tour will take you along the… Continue Reading River City History Tours

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 River City History Tours

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 take visitors to see many stately homes in the original “West Omaha.” Select the burgundy ticket icon above to register. Learn… Continue Reading River City History Tours

Oct 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 River City History Tours

Oct 17 @ 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. This tour will take you along the… Continue Reading River City History Tours