upcoming Exhibits

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
June 8 -September 1, 2019

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the FamilyWhat has 60 razor-sharp teeth, bone-crushing jaws, lived 68 million years ago and will be visiting The Durham Museum next summer? Tyrannosaurus rex…arguably the world’s most popular dinosaur!
Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family is the world’s first exhibition showcasing the newly-revised tyrannosaur family tree and shows how this group became the world’s top predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws and bone-crunching teeth. While the most famous member of this family was the mighty T. rex, tyrannosaurs came in all shapes and sizes.

Using cutting-edge technology, this innovative, multimedia experience features more than 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens on display, including one of the oldest tyrannosaurs, Guanlong wucaii. With a dramatic array of fossils and casts of tyrannosaur specimens, Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family provides a snapshot of dinosaur life.

Meet the Family Special Programming

10:00 am
“Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family” Members-Only Preview Days Thursday and Friday, June 6-7 Extended Hours! 10AM-8PM Durham members, welcome Scotty and the whole Tyrannosaurs family during this special sneak peek event for members only! With extended hours, members will have a chance to explore our newest exhibition, Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family, BEFORE it opens to the public. After you “meet the family,”… Continue Reading Tyrannosaurs Exhibition: Members-Only Preview (Thursday)

The Durham Museum

10:00 am
“Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family” Members-Only Preview Days Thursday and Friday, June 6-7 Extended Hours! 10AM-8PM Durham members, welcome Scotty and the whole Tyrannosaurs family during this special sneak peek event for members only! With extended hours, members will have a chance to explore our newest exhibition, Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family, BEFORE it opens to the public. After you “meet the family,”… Continue Reading Tyrannosaurs Exhibition: Members-Only Preview (Friday)

The Durham Museum

10:30 am
During the last 15 million years of the Cretaceous, Tyrannosaurs reigned over North American ecosystems evolving a lethal combination of colossal size, exceptional bite forces, accelerated growth rates and sophisticated sensory systems. Yet, they weren’t always king of the food chain. When Tyrannosaurs first roamed North America, they were but players on the Cretaceous stage. Join Dr. Lindsay Zanno as… Continue Reading Rise of the Tyrants – A family-focused presentation!

The Durham Museum

1:00 pm
Despite over a century of expeditions to the American West, entire dinosaur ecosystems remain hidden from scientists and the public alike. Join Dr. Lindsay Zanno as she discusses her team’s newest dinosaur finds and explores their struggle for survival at the dawn of the Late Cretaceous. Be among the first to hear about several undescribed dinosaur species and the first… Continue Reading Fearsome Continent: New Discoveries Reveal the Lost Cretaceous Worlds of North America

The Durham Museum

Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

6:00 pm
Adults Only! Thursday, June 27, 6-9PM $10 for museum members, $20 for nonmembers Spend your evening roaming among the dinos without the kids at this 21 and over event. Visit the Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family exhibition and then play archeologist as you search for hidden “fossils” around the museum to win a prize. Sip on a daiquiri, enjoy the cash bar… Continue Reading Dinos & Daiquiris

The Durham Museum

Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

5:00 pm
Join us for one last bash before the school year starts! Watch the movie We’re Back on the big screen Jump into our “bounce-a-saurus” bounce house Get your face painted to look like your favorite dinosaur Come hungry and check out our food truck round-up on the lower level of the museum parking deck. Cost of food truck items not… Continue Reading Back-to-School Bash

The Durham Museum

Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

4:00 pm
Scout families, join us for an end of summer farewell featuring the T.rex family! This Scouts-only night marks the last week with our colossal summer guest, Scotty the Tyrannosaur, and will feature a scavenger hunt in the exhibition, dino-themed crafts and much more! Three ways to Register: Register online (Select the burgundy ticket icon above to register. Please note: your… Continue Reading Scouts-Only Family Night with Scotty

The Durham Museum

“Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family” exhibition was created by the Australian Museum and toured internationally by Flying Fish Exhibits

Australian Museum Flying Fish Exhibits

Supported Locally by

Mutual of Omaha
Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Ortho Nebraska

Media Support Provided by



ADULTS: $11.00
SENIORS (62+): $8.00
CHILDREN (AGES 3 – 12): $7.00



Admission purchases made online are not eligible for discounts.
Some dates have been blacked-out from online purchases due to special events or holidays.

Sorry – no refunds on online admission purchases.

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

August 3, 2019 – 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.


August 3, 2019 – 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.

Taking it to the Streets: Grading Downtown Omaha

August 17, 2019 – 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.


Pharmacy in Clarkson Hospital, 1953, John S. Savage Collection, The Durham Museum Photo Archive, JS25B-006

Clarkson Regional Health Services: 150 Years of Innovation in Patient Care

July 13 – September 1

Originally founded in 1869 as the Good Samaritan Hospital, and the first hospital in Nebraska, Bishop Clarkson Hospital has evolved over time to Clarkson Regional Health Services. Come explore how Clarkson has contributed to the Omaha community and medicine over the last 150 years, and how this institution continues to innovate and lead in the field of healthcare in the region.

RACE: Are We So Different?

September 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020

RACE: Are We So Different?It’s a simple truth. People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression. The idea of “race” has been used historically to describe these differences and justify mistreatment of people and even genocide. Today, contemporary scientific understanding of human variation is beginning to challenge “racial” differences, and even question the very concept of race. 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 and HDR, Inc.

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 Obama – 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 N.W.A’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.