upcoming Exhibits


RACE: Are We So Different?
September 28, 2019 – 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.

Race exhibit programming

Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

1:00 pm
Come and visit RACE: Are We So Different? on this free day thanks to Conagra Brands Foundation.

The Durham Museum

5:00 pm
In conjunction with RACE: Are We So Different?, The Durham Museum is partnering with Inclusive Communities to host a realistic conversation centered around the construct of race and its implications for our society. As a part of the Omaha Table Talk series, Inclusive Communities staff and volunteers will facilitate the program Race, Really: The Myths and Realities of Racial Differences… Continue Reading Omaha Table Talk with Inclusive Communities

The Durham Museum

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.

Supported by The Sherwood Foundation, Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, Douglas County, Nebraska and Dillon Foundation.  Additional support provided by Whitmore Charitable Trust and Fraser Stryker PC LLO. Media support provided by Star 104.5 and CD 105.9.

Louder than words programming

Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

6:00 pm
Music Trivia Nights – Adults Only! Member: $10, Non-Member: $15 November 14, 6-9PM: Hits, Classics and Oldies but Goodies 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… Continue Reading Music Trivia Nights – Adults Only!

The Durham Museum

Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

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 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

6:00 pm
Music Trivia Nights – Adults Only! Member: $10, Non-Member: $15 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… Continue Reading Music Trivia Nights – Adults Only!

The Durham Museum

Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am
Join us at The Platform on Saturdays from 10-Noon for special family-friendly programming. Each week will feature a new and exciting STEAM-based activity related to music and sound. Registration is not required. ABOUT THE PLATFORM 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… Continue Reading Rock and Roll at The Platform

The Durham Museum

pulitzer prize photographs
february 22 – may 3, 2020

Photographers record the defining moments of our world and our time, capturing history through timeless images of fleeting moments. With the click of a button, vivid imagery documents the pain of poverty, the ecstasy of victory and the triumph of redemption.

This exhibition, the second Pulitzer-themed display to visit The Durham Museum, features more than 80 large-format framed photographs, expanded so that visitors can explore every detail of the gripping images. Each will be accompanied by a label describing the dramatic story of how the photographer captured the moment. Additionally, The Durham Museum will display “Homecoming,” the 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Earl “Buddy” Bunker of the Omaha World-Herald. Interactive touchscreen kiosks explore more recent Pulitzer Prize winners through more than 1,000 images and 15 hours of video interviews with the photographers.

From iconic images like Joe Rosenthal’s 1945 photo of the American flag raising at Iwo Jima, to past and present moments of triumph and tragedy, these unforgettable photographs serve as the world’s eyes to history as it happened.

“PULITZER PRIZE PHOTOGRPAHS” was developed by the Newseum. The Newseum works to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the five freedoms of the First Amendment. newseum.org

Photo Credit: Joe Rosenthal/The Associated Press, 1945

Guitar: The instrument that rocked the world
may 30 – september 6, 2020

Coming in the summer of 2020, explore the history of the world’s most recognized musical instrument in Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World.  Experience diverse genres of music and discover the science of pitch and tone. Crossing over cultural boundaries, the guitar has made a significant impact on a wide variety of groups from gypsies to cowboys to teenage rebels.

See over 60 guitars and nearly 100 historical artifacts that immerse you in the heart of music. Experience the rush of the world’s most recognized musical instrument through the powerful lens of science. You, too, can play a Guinness Record-breaking 43.5 foot long guitar. Discover how the selection of different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create an elaborate device that has revolutionized music.

“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” is a Touring Exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum.

The jim henson exhibition: imagination unlimited
october 3, 2020 – january 10, 2021

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited explores Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture.  This comprehensive exhibition reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and much more.  The exhibition features a broad range of artifacts related to Henson’s unparalleled career, including more than 20 puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage, iconic costumes, and interactive experiences that allow visitors to try their hand at puppeteering on camera and designing a puppet.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited is a traveling exhibition from Museum of the Moving Image and toured internationally by Flying Fish.