The museum is closed to the public until further notice. We look forward to reopening once it is appropriate to do so.

STEM Saturdays at The Platform

June 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Durham Museum
801 S 10th St
Omaha, NE 68108
Included with Museum Admission (Free for Members!)

STEM SaturdaysJoin us at The Platform on June 22 for special programming related to the Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family exhibition. We’ve partnered with FAMILY, Inc. and the Southwest Iowa Children’s Oral Health Coalition to bring in kid-friendly activities focused on Scotty the T.rex’s teeth. It seems Scotty lived a hard-knock life, exhibiting evidence of a broken jaw, an impacted tooth, and a compressed section of its tail (possibly from the bite of another tyrannosaur!). Considering that oral health greatly affects overall health, one cannot help but wonder how many more birthdays Scotty might have had with access to regular oral health care, in addition to protection from other tyrannosaurs!

Southwest Iowa Children’s Oral Health Coalition member and owner of My Pediatric Dentist Dr. Ryan Hajek will talk about teeth and distribute toothbrushes. There will also be photo opportunities with the Tooth Fairy and Mr. Molar!

STEM SaturdayCurious young minds might have additional questions about tyrannosaurs:

  • Just how powerful was a T. Rex bite?
  • How many teeth did they have?
  • How do dinosaur teeth and human teeth compare and contrast?

Registration is not required.

June 22 Kid-friendly activities focused on Scotty the T.rex’s teeth
June 29 Learn fun dinosaur facts, play with clay and assemble a dinosaur
July 6 Art Deco meets dinosaurs!
July 13 Railroad Days – sorry, no Platform activities but lots of other attractions!
July 20 Match game with dinosaur eggs
July 27 This week’s activities will be all about dinosaur sizes
August 3 “Science of Soda Fountain”
August 10 Balance and build dinosaur activities
August 17 Timeline of the Mesozoic era
August 24 How to draw dinos


Located on the lower level of the museum on what was originally track one in the Union Station terminal, The Platform is an interactive STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) experience for learners of all ages. The area features an industrial, workshop-like aesthetic, with a focus on creating, building and innovating. The Platform is a flexible, ever-evolving space. Current features include a brick building wall, magnetic wall with marble tube run, train table, oversized maps of Omaha neighborhoods and counter height tables that look out onto the active railyard.

The launch of The Platform was made possible by a $20,000 gift from U.S. Bank’s Community Possible initiative.