The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum offers a wide variety of summer workshops that encourage creativity and exploration! With classes and age appropriate materials for children age 6 to 7 as well as age 8 to 12, each workshop is taught by trained museum staff.

This summer, The Durham Museum will feature A T. Rex Named Sue from Chicago’s Field Museum. Explore how this remarkable creature interacted with its world and what we can learn from studying its bones.

Workshops are for groups of ten or more, are one hour in length, and can be booked Monday through Friday between June 3 and August 9, 2013.

Summer Workshop Reservation Process
In order to accommodate the scheduling needs of all groups, The Durham Museum has five time slots available each day. Please choose one of these options when planning your field trip. Special accommodations can be made for groups of 25 students or more. Reservations are made on a first come, first serve basis and must be made at least three weeks in advance of your visit.


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

Workshop Descriptions
A T. Rex Named Sue
The Tyrannosaurus Rex has long commanded respect and sparked curiosity in the mind of the public, and Sue is the most famous T. Rex of all. At 42 feet (12.8 m) long and 12 feet (3.66 m) tall at the hips, her skeleton inspires as much awe today as she did 67 million years ago. In the Field Museum’s traveling exhibition, A T. Rex Named Sue, explore how this remarkable creature interacted with its world and what we can learn from studying its bones. Revel in the sheer size of a fully articulated, life-sized skeleton cast; experience Sue’s movement, vision, and sense of smell for yourself. Follow Sue’s sensational journey from the Cretaceous to the rock of South Dakota to the U.S. courts, and finally to the world. Learn about the technology used to prepare and study this very special fossil.

Durham Challenge One
Have you ever tried to throw a balloon across the room or raced to see how many beans you can pick up and move in a minute, while using chop sticks? These odd challenges and more await you if you’re ready to take on the Durham Challenge! You and your friends will use teamwork, concentration, and creativity to complete these seemingly impossible tasks.

Come to The Durham to find out if you’re up to the challenge!

Games, Galore and More!
School is out and it’s time to play! It may be hard for us to imagine a time without television and video games, but if you were a Native American or Pioneer living in the 1800s, you had other games and toys to keep you busy. Students will learn about and experience a variety of Native American and Pioneer games like Sick Dice and Button, Button. They will even have a chance to make their very own toy or game to take home!

Guided Tour
Take a guided tour through hundreds of years of local history while exploring museum exhibitions. The tour includes information on the history of Union Station, and then winds through restored train cars, a Native American earth lodge and tipi, re-created early Omaha city homes, and on to the Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898. This tour can be tailored to fit specific interests and needs of your group.

Our Senses
Everyone loves the smell of freshly baked cookies or the sound of laughter, but do you ever stop to think about why we’re able to smell, see, feel, hear, and taste? Join us as we explore the five senses, through interactive games and experiments that are sure to have your students more aware the world around them.

Activities will vary depending on the age of the group.