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JUNE 22 – OCTOBER 13, 2024

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, braved the unknown to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives: chimpanzees. In this hands-on, transportive multimedia exhibition celebrating her extraordinary life and work, visitors will explore Dr. Goodall’s early years through iconic images and a multiscreen experience, and venture on an immersive projection of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park where she did her famous behavioral research on chimps. Visitors will also see a life-size hologram of Dr. Goodall, enter a replica of her research tent, and learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment. Finally, visitors will find out what they can do today to make a positive impact in the world.

An exhibition organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute.

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JULY 13 – OCTOBER 6, 2024

The Durham Museum is teaming up with Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom to showcase the history of a show that pioneered nature and wildlife programming and continues to educate viewers today.

Since its network television premier in 1963, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom has been one of the most loved and respected wildlife programs in television history. The show took viewers to the far corners of the world and studied wild animals in their natural habitats. Hosts Marlin Perkins, Jim Fowler and Peter Gros wrestled anacondas, swam with sharks and were chased by a herd of elephants. They provided a look at an often unseen animal world and emphasized the importance of conservation while creating family-friendly entertainment.

Gros recently returned to co-host Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild alongside Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant, now airing Saturday mornings on NBC. In this series, the duo travels the nation to highlight conservation successes. As shown in the exhibit, the methods of interacting with wildlife have evolved with new technology offering more opportunities, but the message has remained the same — to protect, educate and take action to ensure the wild kingdom remains for future generations.

Featuring video, photos and objects related to the show, the exhibit highlights the origins of the television program, stories from behind-the-scenes and the work being done today to inspire the next generation of conservationists.

“We can ensure for those who follow us, that there will always be a Wild Kingdom.”
— Marlin Perkins

MEET THE CO-HOSTS: On opening day (Saturday, July 13), Peter Gros and Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant will meet and greet with guests. Stay tuned for more details!


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MAY 25 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2024

Paxton & Gallagher

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From humble beginnings in Pleasant Grove, Iowa, Benjamin Gallagher ventured into the grocery industry at a young age. After the Union Pacific Railroad was completed, he saw great value in setting up shop near a railroad center and Omaha seemed the perfect stop. He partnered with William A. Paxton, Sr. in 1879 and their business, Paxton & Gallagher Company, grew into an impressive wholesale organization. The company developed several brands internally, including P and G, Yellowstone, KAMO, PAGOMA and the memorable Butter-Nut®. They grew into one of the largest wholesale corporations in the nation and their success stemmed from their belief that, “Honest value is the best policy.” The business remained within the Gallagher family until it was sold in 1958.

Paxton & Gallagher Company: Local Values, National Reach highlights the company’s history through images, papers and objects – many from the Gallagher family!

NOVEMBER 9, 2024 – JANUARY 12, 2025

World War I

R.H. “Doc” Cook, a photographer who enlisted during World War I, served with the 88th Division, 313th Engineers and captured the company’s experiences with his camera. A century later, local resident Mollie Anderson purchased a case that had belonged to Cook. The case contained his original photographic negatives. After researching Cook’s life and displaying some of the images at Gallery 92 West in 2022, she donated the entire set to The Durham Museum.

Beyond Combat: WWI Through the Lens of Doc Cook is a temporary exhibition developed by The Durham Museum. Through photos curated from Cook’s collection, it tells the story of the 313th Engineers from their training at Camp Dodge until the completion of their deployment in May 1919. Their story highlights military jobs that contributed to the war effort beyond the traditionally understood duties of combat. The military engineers that “Doc” served with were responsible for repairing roads, building bridges, laying track, improving dugouts and shelters and assisting in the restoration of war-torn regions. Plans for the exhibition also include a small theater area, with seating, featuring additional images in which guests are invited to linger with “Doc” Cook’s images and immerse themselves in the 313th Engineers’ experience.

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Adults: $15*
Seniors (62+): $12*
Military/Veteran: $12*
Children (ages 3 – 12): $8*
Children 2 years and under FREE

Members: FREE!


Advance reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
Members, your free admission discount is applied near the end of the online registration process.

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