The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum offers a wide variety of summer workshops for groups of ten or more children ages 5-7 & 8-12. All workshops are one hour in length and can be booked Monday through Friday between June 2 and August 8.

Summer Workshop Reservation Process
In order to accommodate the scheduling needs of all groups, The Durham Museum has established a schedule of available time slots. Please choose one of these options when planning your field trip. Special accommodations can be made for groups larger than 25 students.

Reservations are made on a first come, first serve basis and must be made at least three weeks in advance.


Summer Workshop Pricing
All one-hour workshops are $5 per child. The museum admits one staff member or teacher per ten children at no additional charge. For reservations or additional information, call The Durham’s Education Department at 402.444.5027 or email

The Sense of Fear
Everyone knows how your five senses work together in your daily life, but have you stopped to think how they relate to fear. Join us as we take a different look at our five senses through interactive games and experiments that are sure to have your students more aware of the world around them. 

Games, Galore and More!
School is out and it’s time to play! Join us as you learn the history behind some of your favorite toys and games. Students will even have a chance to play a historic game or two as well as make their very own toy or game to take home!

Beat the Clock!
Test your skills as well as work together as a team as you try to beat the clock through fun interactive challenges. You and your friends will use teamwork, concentration, and creativity to complete seemingly impossible tasks all before time runs out. Come to The Durham to find out if you’re up to the challenge!

Guided Tour
Take a guided tour through hundreds of years of local history while exploring museum permanent galleries. The tour includes information on the history of Omaha’s Union Station,  the Native American earth lodge and tipi, re-created early Omaha city homes, the Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898 and, of course, the trains!

*This tour can be tailored to fit specific interests and needs of your group.

Activities for the above mentioned classes will vary depending on the age
of the group.

Design Zone

What does it take to create a videogame, line up rhythms like the best DJs, or design a roller coaster that produces the biggest thrills? Whether it’s art, music, or engineering, math and science are crucial to meet these design challenges. In Design Zone, you can go behind the scenes and see how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do the amazing things they do.

Step into a recording studio and discover how many beats per second it takes to get bodies moving on the dance floor. Go behind the scenes at a bike race where you can test gear combinations, then pedal to victory as you compete on three challenging courses. Enter the videogame design area, figure out the formulas needed to create on-screen action, then leap through to the next level of your game challenge. Through it all, you’ll solve real-world challenges and discover how math and science are essential to the creative process.

Design Zone
focuses on creative problem solving using algebraic thinking in a context that is relevant, educational and fun! The exhibit is designed for families and school groups alike. Design Zone supports STEM education, offering mathematically rich experiences for students outside of the classroom environment.