Current Exhibits


Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics
October 12, 2019 – February 2, 2020

Louder Than WordsLouder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics looks at some of the most important debates in our country through the lens of rock music. The exhibit includes exclusive video interviews with people such as Bono and Jimmy Carter, and combines them with interactives, photography and artifacts to examine how music has both shaped and reflected our culture norms on eight topics: Civil Rights, LGBTQ, Feminism, War & Peace, Censorship, Political Campaigns, Political Causes and International Politics. The exhibit is organized by presidential administrations – from Eisenhower through Trump – and uses historical context to shed insight into how we view these issues today. Examples of artifacts included in the exhibit are:

  • Grace Slick’s vest from Jefferson Airplane’s performance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in 1969
  • 1966 Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar belonging to Joe Strummer of The Clash
  • Correspondence between the FBI and Priority Records regarding Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”
  • Original handwritten lyrics from Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a- Changin’,” Chuck Berry’s “School Day,” Neil Young’s “Ohio,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A” and Green Day’s “American Idiot”
  • Original Village People stage costumes
  • Artifacts related to the Vietnam war, the May 4, 1970 shooting at Kent State, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement

Curators from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Newseum worked with veteran music journalist, author and television producer Bill Flanagan (VH1 Storytellers, CMT Crossroads, CBS News Sunday Morning) to create this unique exhibition.

Louder than words – SPECIAL programming

6:30 pm
Who would you choose to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? this fun, interactive program breaks down the induction process – from nomination to voting to induction – while providing YOU with the chance to choose the artist you feel deserve to be inducted. Defend your decision and voice your choice with special host, Jason Hanley, Vice… Continue Reading Voice your Choice with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Durham Museum

Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

6:00 pm
Music Trivia Night – Adults Only! January 23, 6-9PM: 80s, 90s and Today Join us for an exciting night of music trivia hosted by Omaha radio personality Dave “Wingy” Wingert from Boomer Radio. Visit Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics from 6-7PM during this 21 and over event. Then, enjoy a music trivia contest and cash bar from 7-9PM.… Continue Reading Music Trivia Night

The Durham Museum

Louder than words – WEEKLY programming

The Platform

The Durham Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsors whose support have made the Louder Than Words exhibition possible:

Supported Locally by

The Sherwood Foundation
Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation
Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund Dillon
Additional Support
Charitable Trust
Fraser Stryker
Media Support Provided by
Star 104.5 CD 105.9 Classic Rock

RACE: Are We So Different?
now – January 5, 2020

RACE: Are We So Different?We all know people look different. Throughout history, those differences have been a source of strength, community and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression. And while those differences are socially and culturally real, contemporary scientific understanding of race and human variation is complex and may challenge how we think about it. RACE: Are We So Different? helps visitors understand what race is and what it is not. It gives them the tools to recognize racial ideas and practices in contemporary American life.

RACE encourages museum visitors to explore race and racism from three different perspectives:
1. Biology: Visitors will discover that human beings are more alike than any other living species, and no one gene or set of genes can support the idea of race.
2. History: Ideas about race have been around for hundreds of years, and they have changed over time. Throughout American history, economic interests, popular culture, science, politics and the struggle for power have played a role in shaping our understanding of race.
3. Everyday experience: Though race may not be a real biological concept, it certainly is real both socially and culturally. Visitors will explore the personal experiences of race in our schools, neighborhoods, health care systems, sports and entertainment industries and more.

RACE: Are We So Different?, developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.

Lead sponsorship of this exhibition is provided by The Sherwood Foundation. Additional sponsorship support provided by the Conagra Brands Foundation, HDR, Inc and John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation. Media support provided by KETV.

Family Guide

As a companion to the RACE exhibit, a complimentary family guide will be available to all visitors and is designed to help answer questions that may arise after visiting the RACE exhibit. The guide may be used as a resource for parents and caregivers to discuss race and racism with young children.

The Durham Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsors whose support have made the RACE: Are We So Different exhibition possible:
Supported Locally by

Lead Sponsor

The Sherwood Foundation
Conagra Brands Foundation
HDR John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation
Media Support Provided by



Adults: $11.00
Seniors (62+): $8.00
Children (ages 3 – 12): $7.00
Children 2 years and under FREE

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Omaha Union Station
Education Alley

Taking it to the Streets: Grading Downtown Omaha

NOW – June 21, 2020

Grading Downtown

House on the Edge, Douglas Street, 1891, Bostwick-Frohardt/KM3TV Collection, The Durham Museum Photo Archive, BF14-254(04)

To combat six major hills in downtown Omaha the city undertook extensive street projects to lower inclines. This work was done throughout the 1880s–1920s with the largest of the projects being the grading of Dodge Street in 1920. In some locations, buildings were brought down to a new level 18 feet lower than the original foundation. Tempers ran high between neighbors going mad with the constant noise, businesses and homes being literally uprooted and some downtown residents even suing the city for damages and lack of sleep. In the end, the grading of Dodge Street cost over one million dollars and moved over 300,000 cubic yards of dirt. Through this photography exhibit, see what all the fuss was about and how times have changed the streets of downtown Omaha.

Photo Archive Gallery
Jobber’s Canyon: Omaha’s Lost History

Now-January 26, 2020

This exhibition was developed by Durham Museum intern and University of Nebraska at Omaha undergraduate, Adam Barritt.

Omaha’s “Jobbers Canyon” was a recognized historic district placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. It was demolished in 1988-89 to clear land for the building of the Conagra Brand’s headquarters and is to date one of the largest “lost” historic districts in United States’ history. The Nash Block Building is the last remaining structure from this iconic part of Omaha’s history.
This local focus exhibition uses images from the museum’s Photo Archive to resurrect nine of the businesses and buildings that made this area of Omaha so unique.

Photo: Jobber’s Canyon Street View | April 1929 | The Bostwick-Frohardt /KM3TV Collection
The Durham Museum Photo Archive | BF61-149

Jobber's Canyon
Byron Reed Gallery

Public Opinion is More Than Law: The First Murder Brought to Court in the Nebraska Territory

Now – March 8, 2020

Charles A. Henry

Portrait of Charles A. Henry, c. 1860, Illustrated by Morton, Watkins, and Miller Courtesy of History of Nebraska

This exhibition was developed by Durham Museum intern and University of Iowa graduate, Allison Buser.

On April 3, 1855 Charles A. Henry shot George Hollister near the town of Bellevue, shocking the residents of the newly established Nebraska Territory. Highlighting objects from the Byron Reed Collection, this exhibit chronicles the course of events from Hollister’s death through Henry’s unusual court case and examines the public’s role in the outcome of the legal proceedings. The incident illustrates the struggle to carry out legitimate justice in the territory amidst settler notions of popular sovereignty, which sometimes interfered with the early judicial system.


Now – March 8, 2020

Sound the Alarm

Charles Derwent, Membership Certificate in the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company, November 3, 1868
The Byron Reed Collection, BRTEMP652

This exhibition was developed by Durham Museum intern and Creighton University graduate, Alisha Baginski.

The Omaha Fire Department traces its roots to 1860 when the city’s first firefighting company was founded. Called the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company, these men battled fires through muddy, unpaved streets, hand-carrying buckets of water. In its 25 years of operation, the company evolved, added more stations, held annual parades in honor of the firefighters, formed a Fireman’s Benevolent Association with neighboring towns and more. Using documents from the Byron Reed Collection this exhibit chronicles the Omaha Fire Department’s late 19th century beginnings.