upcoming Exhibits

james cameron – challenging the deep
May 22 – september 12, 2021

Join The Durham Museum in welcoming the North American Premiere of James Cameron – CHALLENGING THE DEEP! Immerse yourself in an underwater world in an exhibition that traces explorer and filmmaker James Cameron’s passion for deep ocean science, technology and exploration, including material on his record-breaking dive to the bottom of the planet in the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the submersible he co-designed and co-engineered.

Experience how James Cameron’s passion for understanding and exploring the ocean has shone a light on one of the most important and least explored parts of the Earth. The exhibition immerses you in an underwater environment using cinema-scale projections, artifacts and specimens from his expeditions. Explore the spectacular and mysterious abyss and discover the shipwrecks of Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck. See artifacts from the design and construction of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, which was built to withstand water pressure of 16,000 pounds per square inch.

Learn about how technologies pioneered by Cameron for underwater recording, lighting, communication and diving are employed both in his filmmaking and exploration. You’ll also see original film props and costumes from The Abyss and Titanic, including the iconic Heart of the Ocean diamond. Discover the world of a man driven to explore and meet the challenges of the deep.

James Cameron – CHALLENGING THE DEEP is a traveling exhibition produced by the Australian National Maritime Museum, in association with the Avatar Alliance Foundation and is toured internationally by Flying Fish.

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Adults: $11 |
Seniors (62+): $8 | Children (ages 3 – 12): $7
Children 2 years and under FREE


Advance reservations are required. Members, your free admission discount is applied near the end of the online registration process.
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Omaha Union Station

Omaha uncovered: Revealing History through art and story
august 7 – november 21, 2021

History is revealed to us in many ways. Artifacts, photographs and personal memories can help us make connections to our past. This fall, The Durham Museum presents “Omaha Uncovered: Revealing History through Art and Story”, an exhibit focused on uncovering the vast and fascinating history of our city. The exhibition highlights both preservation and conservation, giving visitors an up-close look into how history can come to life. Over the course of four months, conservators from the Gerald R. Ford Conversation Center will be “on exhibit” actively restoring a historic mural from 1905 entitled “Aerial View of Omaha” that once hung in the lobby of the Omaha Bee newspaper office. The beautifully painted mural, which is part of the museum’s permanent collection, looks west from the Missouri River towards the western horizon and elegantly captures the layout of the Omaha of the past and present. Lovers of maps, history and art will enjoy seeing the faded mural brought to new life over the duration of the project. Guests can also see preservation in action in our working lab of the Photo Archive. Museum staff will be in the exhibit actively digitizing historic photographs from the museum collection as well as highlighting stories of iconic Omaha photos through the personal memories of long-time Omaha resident and former museum employee/volunteer, Bill Gonzalez.

Photo: 1947, Bostwick-Frohardt Collection  |   The Durham Museum Photo Archive  | SERVICE-BF31-2213

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40 chances: finding hope in a hungry world
october 9, 2021 – January 9, 2022

In this powerful exhibit featuring the photography of Howard G. Buffett, 40 photographs document the world hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign. Traveling to more than 137 countries, Buffett turned his camera lens on the powerful forces that fuel hunger and poverty. A philanthropist and farmer, Buffett believes that each of us has about 40 chances to accomplish our life goals, just as farmers have about 40 growing seasons to improve their harvests. His photography is a call to action to find lasting solutions to the world hunger crisis.

“40 CHANCES: Finding Hope in a Hungry World” was developed by the Newseum in collaboration with Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., increases the public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment newseum.org. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation is the exclusive sponsor of the “40 CHANCES: Finding Hope in a Hungry World” exhibit.

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