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We invite you to become a member of the Durham Society, a diverse group that shares a philanthropic commitment to bring history, culture, science and industry to our community.


Durham Society members make an annual gift of $1,000 or more. Your generous contribution to the Durham Society will provide the critical support needed for the museum to thrive as a premier learning and entertainment destination in our region. Specifically, your gift will enable the museum to:

  • Build upon our relationships with the Smithsonian Institution, The Field Museum, National Geographic and other nationally prominent organizations.
  • Help with early financial commitments to secure some of the most sought-after traveling displays to visit our region.
  • Enable the museum to curate exceptional exhibits, often with coinciding events and programs to engage the community.
Suggested giving:

$1,000   •   $2,500   •   $5,000   •   $10,000   •   $25,000

Your annual contribution is 100% tax-deductible.

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Member Benefits

Your Durham Society membership will entitle you to exclusive benefits unique to The Durham Museum:

  • The Great HallAll benefits of a Family and Patron level membership, including unlimited admission to the museum and discounts on programs, the Soda Fountain, and Hitchcock Museum shop purchases.
  • Unlimited guest admission.
  • Recognition of your generous contribution within the museum’s Concourse Gallery and The Durham Museum’s Annual Report.
  • Recognition of Durham Society support in the traveling exhibitions.
  • Invitations to exclusive Durham Society events, exhibition previews and presentations throughout the year.
  • A unique Smithsonian Fellows Package, which includes a magazine subscription, discounts on shopping and dining at the Smithsonian Institution and other Smithsonian affiliates.
  • Concierge service to help arrange visit (three-day notice requested).




The Durham Society was built on the foundation that a unique group of individuals possess the power to transform the museum. Inspired by the visionary leadership of Margre and Charles Durham, a giving society was formed in 2004 of community and business leaders. This donor circle has been investing in The Durham Museum and its home Union Station, which was revitalized under Charles Durham’s leadership and in 2016, received the designation of a National Historic Landmark. Durham Society members have helped bring more than 70 traveling exhibitions to Omaha with their extraordinary support.

For more information, please call Brianna Lane, Senior Manager of Donor Relations, at 402-444-5071 x578.