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

Halloween at The Durham Museum just got BIGGER!

The Durham Museum has added a week-long series of Halloween events featuring activities for the tiniest of ghosts as well as all the grown-up goblins. It all kicks-off with our signature Great Hall-oween Haunt on Tuesday, October 22, from 5-8PM. Events are listed in chronological order.

Great Hall-oween Haunt
Tuesday, October 22, 5-8PM
Trick-or-treat throughout the museum and snag some sweets from historical characters. Visit our Creepy Curator to discover what eerie artifacts she found in the collection vaults. Join dancing zombies in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall, tour the Haunted Train and make your way through our Cobweb Caboose. The Swanson “Ghoulery” carnival is full of ghostly games including Boo Bowling, Spider Sling, Zombie Duck Race and Frankenstein Operation! Plus… Spooky Soda Fountain treats, crafts with Mangelsen’s and a costume conga line to end the night! Come in costume, grab some candy and enjoy the frightful fun!

Spooky Tales for Tots
Wednesdays, October 23 & 30, 10:30-11:30AM
Celebrate Halloween with a spooky tale and craft! Each week will include a reading of a Halloween story followed by an adorable craft with Mangelsen’s. Registration is not required, and regular museum admission applies; free for members.

History Mystery (21+)
Thursday, October 24, 6-8PM
$20 members, $25 non-members
Ghost stories, basement tours and a haunted train? Enjoy all this and more during our ages 21 and older History Mystery event! Guests will enjoy guided tours of our collection storage area to see some eerie artifacts, here ghost stories with Nebraska Story Arts, experience never-before-seen areas of the original Union Station and tour our haunted train. Plus, a cash bar and Spooktacular Soda Fountain specials. Tickets get you admission to the event, one drink ticket and a night of adults-only ghostly fun! Purchase tickets online at or call 402-444-5071.

Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27
All weekend long, children 12 and under get in free in costume. Plus…enjoy the Haunted Train, Platform activities, trick-or-treating and more! Be on the look-out for dancing zombies throughout the day.

Durham After Dark
Tuesday, October 29, 5-8PM
We are turning the lights down low for this ghoulish event. But don’t worry, your flashlight will keep you safe! Enjoy spooky stories with Nebraska Story Arts, a dance party complete with glow sticks, a zombie flash mob and much more! Mangelsen’s will be on hand to demonstrate some cool Halloween make-up tricks that are sure to frightfright delight. Plus…tour the Haunted Train (if you dare) and complete our creepy scavenger hunt. Halloween costumes are optional.

Every Day, October 22-30
• Halloween Platform activities
• Curator pop-up talks at 2PM
• Tour the Haunted Train

Halloween at The Durham Museum is generously supported by the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation, Mangelsen’s, Cox Communications, Oriental Trading Company and HyVee.