The Durham Museum collects items pertaining to the history of the greater Omaha area and the role it has played in the development of the United States. The collection contains over 500,000 objects, ranging from photos to phone booths, coins to clarinets and even a pocket watch rescued from the Titanic.
The collection can be roughly divided into five overarching areas:
The Byron Reed Collection - Compiled by Omaha real estate agent Byron Ree, during the late 19th century, containing coins, banknotes, documents, books, and mapsd.
Photo Archives - contains nearly 500,000 images that document the fascinating history of Omaha from its early days as a young frontier town to a unique and sophisticated city.
Reference Library - books related to the history of Omaha and the West with a special focus on railroad history, pioneer life, historic architecture, and regional literature.
Archival Materials (rare books, documents, certificates, maps, letters) – documenting important events that occurred in Omaha such as the Trans-Mississippi Exhibition of 1898, and the Golden Spike Days celebration of 1939.
Historic Objects (costumes, textiles, tools, ephemera) – many of these items were commonplace during their day, but today are rarely seen outside of a museum. Such items include apothecary bottles, butter churns, radios with vacuum tubes and Brownie Cameras.