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 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

UPCOMING TOURS

Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
6:00 pm
THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT! River City History Tour: Magic City Discover the rich history of South Omaha, founded in 1884 as a result of the Union Stockyards. Waves of immigrants flocked to the community to carve out a new life while working in the packinghouses, breweries, smelting plants and other businesses that grew in the area. By 1890, South… Continue Reading Magic City Tour – SOLD OUT
Aug 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 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 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
6:00 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
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
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
1:00 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
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
6:00 pm
River City History Tour: Magic City Discover the rich history of South Omaha, founded in 1884 as a result of the Union Stockyards. Waves of immigrants flocked to the community to carve out a new life while working in the packinghouses, breweries, smelting plants and other businesses that grew in the area. By 1890, South Omaha was the fastest growing… Continue Reading Magic City Tour
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
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 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
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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