upcoming Exhibits

Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
September 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the WildLegendary nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for over 40 years observing and photographing the Earth’s last great wild places. From polar bears in the Arctic to vast herds of game on the plains of Africa, from the deep jungles of South America to the tigers of India, to images revealing the diversity of wildlife in the American West, Mangelsen has captured rare moments and vast panoramas from all seven continents. The Durham Museum is honored to host the world premiere of A Life In The Wild, an exhibition containing 40 of Mangelsen’s most resonant images—images that take viewers on a journey into the haunts of iconic species whose struggles for survival are metaphorical fulcrums for reflection in the 21st century.

Mangelsen is a critically acclaimed photographer whose honors include being named Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by North American Nature Photography Association, one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo magazine and one of the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography. Mangelsen’s award winning photographs have been exhibited in major museums including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and collected by thousands around the world through his MANGELSEN®—Images of Nature Galleries.

THOMAS D. MANGELSEN – A LIFE IN THE WILD, Produced by Thomas D. Mangelsen, Inc. and David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

This Exhibit is Supported Locally by:

Fighting for the Good Life: Nebraskan Memories of World War IFighting_For_the_Good_Life
August 18, 2018 – January 27, 2019

World War I was the first truly global conflict of the 20th century. From 1917-18, citizens around the country rallied to the call for service; men took up arms, women trained as field nurses and children led scrap drives. Using objects received during a community crowdsourcing campaign, this exhibition focuses on The North Omaha Balloon School, Women in the War, Life on the Frontlines, Homefront Activities, and the Presence of the Past, how the Great War is memorialized publicly and remembered privately by families. Explore the stories of individuals, like Central High School graduate and YMCA volunteer Marion Crandell who was the first American woman killed in action and aviator Jarvis Offutt, the namesake of the local Offutt Air Force Base. Visitors may also read from personal accounts written by soldiers on the frontlines, see art made from artillery shells, and play patriotic piano music from the era.


Joseph Street Indian AgentJoseph M. Street: A Conscientious Indian Agent
July 21, 2018 – January 20, 2019

In the 19th century, an Indian Agent named Joseph Street, fought for government resources pledged to the Native American tribes. Despite many disagreements with  other politicians and individuals in power, he maintained his position as Indian Agent for over ten years. Government officials recognized his efforts and many Native Americans respected Street. Some even considered him a friend. Street’s passionate and distinguished career is uncovered through documents on display from the Byron Reed Collection.

Building the City: The First Mayors of Omaha
september 15, 2018 – January 20, 2019

Jesse Low, Andrew Jackson Poppleton and George Armstrong were among the first Mayors of Omaha and set the city on the path to what it is today. This exhibit uses objects from the Byron Reed Collection to highlight the major struggles of their careers, from gaining the necessary funds to build the original capitol building, to managing the claims club, to gaining land grants to ensure the growth of the city.