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General Field Trip Information
Durham Museum Field Trips are offered daily during regular museum hours. Groups must include 10 or more participants to receive the reduced rate. The Durham Museum recommends one teacher/chaperone to every 10 students. Teachers and staff will be admitted at no charge with each registered group. Additional chaperones/parents/guardians may attend at $5/chaperone. Museum members will not be charged the $5/chaperone fee. In order for us to provide you the best museum experience possible, we kindly ask that your field trip request be complete TWO WEEKS prior to anticipated field trip date. 

School Group Rate: $5 per student
Title I School Group Rate: $4 per student

Teachers may choose from any of the below options to customize their visit.  Each option lasts approximately 30 minutes with additional time built in for transitions between spaces. For questions about how to divide your groups/classes, please contact the education department.
 



Pre-K Options:

  1. All Aboard: Trains are fascinating! Buy a ticket at Union Station’s ticket window and head on down to track #1 for a tour of the museum’s train cars, caboose, and steam engine. Learn about the kinds of cars on a train, the experiences children had while riding, and what the train signals and whistles mean. Our “O” scale model train adds to the railroading fun, allowing children to see how towns thrived from a railroad depot! All aboard! 
  2. Transportation Station: Have your tickets and tokens ready as you meet us at the station and explore modes of transportation from different time periods. Students will enjoy boarding a real train, learning about different train card, “riding” a streetcar, and learning about how the covered wagon experience changed the Great Plains.
  3. Games Galore: It’s time to play! Learn about trinkets, knickknacks, and pastimes from days gone by. Try your hand at different Native American games, pioneer fun, parlor games and much, much more!
  4. Available November 24, 2017 -January 7, 2018
    Experience holidays from around the world right here in Omaha! Come to admire The Durham’s own 40-foot, fully decorated tree and learn how we fit this beautiful sight into the museum each year. Then, experience holidays and traditions from other countries and cultures using our Ethnic Holiday Trees Exhibit as well as classroom activities and a craft.

Elementary (K-6) Options:

  1. All Aboard: Trains are fascinating! Buy a ticket at Union Station’s ticket window and head on down to track #1 for a tour of the museum’s train cars, caboose, and steam engine. Learn about the kinds of cars on a train, the experiences children had while riding, and what the train signals and whistles mean. Our “O” scale model train adds to the railroading fun, allowing children to see how towns thrived from a railroad depot! All aboard! 
  2. Historic Schoolroom: Step back to the 1890’s and see how different it was to attend a one-room school! Explore daily life from this time period through artifacts, stories, and reciting real lessons students did in their classroom. Who will be the spelling bee champion or have the best penmanship? Students will also compare their visit to what they experience in classrooms today.
  3. Neighborhood Store: Bring your shopping list along as we take a trip back to the time of streetcars and neighborhood grocery stores. Visit the museum’s Buffett Grocery Store exhibit and discover the fun of shopping for penny candy. Also learn how small grocery stories played an integral role in Omaha communities.
  4. On the Trail with Lewis and Clark: Join the expedition! Learn about Meriwether Lewis & William Clark’s journey through the untamed Louisiana Purchase. Explore the Corps of Discovery’s three important goals as they experienced the land that is now Nebraska and beyond.
  5. Pioneer Life: Visit our log cabin and experience the life of a Great Plains pioneer. Learn about the types of homes people lived in, how large families made do with small living quarters, and the chores that children were expected to perform. Play prairie games, see pioneer clothing, and take a turn at the butter churn!
  6. Native American Life: Explore the life of the Plains Indians tribes. Enter the Durham Museum’s tipi and earth lodge to interact with Native American artifacts and meet Scout, our resident buffalo.  Learn how the Native Americans used the resources around them throughout the centuries.
  7. Union Station Great Hall: Explore the beauty and grandeur of Omaha’s Union Station, wonderfully preserved by The Durham Museum. Learn about the building’s history both as a train station and museum, plus experience our 65-foot ceilings and “talking” statues.
  8. Omaha Faces and Places: Travel through time exploring everything from the Plains Indian tribes to Omaha’s connections to Warren Buffett, as the important faces of Omaha stand out along the way. Also experience a model of one of the most important “places” in Omaha history, the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition.
  9. Omaha Homes and Families:  Learn how people from all over the world lived as they came to Omaha to start a new life. From Omaha’s important immigration history to the homes they lived in, see how life changed for residents throughout Omaha’s past.
  10. Traveling Exhibit: Give your class a great opportunity to explore some of the nation’s top exhibits. Resources for pre and post visit activities are available for all tours. Visit www.durhammuseum.org for a schedule of past, present, and future traveling exhibits.

    Current Traveling Exhibition - Available February 18-April 30, 2017
    Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project

    Join us for a “groovy” trip to the 1970s! This decade was a fascinating time period full of political, social, and environmental issues and changes. This exhibition takes a look at the 70s using 90 remarkable color photographs taken for a federal photography projected called Project DOCUMERICA (1971-1977). Created by the Environmental Protection Agency, Project DOCUMERICA was born out of the decade’s environmental awakening, producing striking photographs of many of that era’s environmental problem and achievements. The photos capture the decade’s fashions, trends and lifestyles, and the objects in the exhibition will create a true sense of going back in time for students learning about this time in history.

Upcoming Traveling Exhibition - Available May 20-September 17, 2017
Top Secret: License to Spy
Secret agents, suspects, and science converge for an adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced in Top Secret: License to Spy. This engaging and highly interactive exhibit will put students’ skills to the test as they experience the science, technology, and psychology employed in the intelligence field. Upon arrival, each student receives a “Spy File” containing their scenario and a list of six suspects. Can you crack the code on a safe, dodge laser beams, and use a night vision camera to solve puzzles and, just maybe, the entire case?

Available November 24, 2017 - January, 7 2018!
Experience holidays from around the world right here in Omaha! Come to admire The Durham’s own 40-foot, fully decorated tree and learn how we fit this beautiful sight into the museum each year. Then, experience holidays and traditions from other countries and cultures using our Ethnic Holiday Trees Exhibit as well as classroom activities and a craft.

Teachers may choose from any of the options above to customize their visit. A traditional Building our City Tour includes options 1, 8 and 9.  A traditional Nebraska History Tour includes options 1, 4 and 6.

Junior High and High School (7-12) Options:

  1. Guided Tour: This guided tour will lead students through hundreds of years of area history while exploring museum exhibitions. The tour includes information on the history of the building, and winds through restored train cars, into a Native American Earth Lodge and Tipi, through recreated early Omaha city homes, and to the Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898.
  2. Traveling Exhibit Tour: Give your class a great opportunity to explore some of the nation’s top exhibits. Resources for pre and post visit activities are available for all tours. Visit www.durhammuseum.org for a schedule of past, present, and future traveling exhibits.

    Current Traveling Exhibition - Available February 18-April 30, 2017
    Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project

    Join us for a “groovy” trip to the 1970s! This decade was a fascinating time period full of political, social, and environmental issues and changes. This exhibition takes a look at the 70s using 90 remarkable color photographs taken for a federal photography projected called Project DOCUMERICA (1971-1977). Created by the Environmental Protection Agency, Project DOCUMERICA was born out of the decade’s environmental awakening, producing striking photographs of many of that era’s environmental problem and achievements. The photos capture the decade’s fashions, trends and lifestyles, and the objects in the exhibition will create a true sense of going back in time for students learning about this time in history

    Upcoming Traveling Exhibition - Available May 20-September 17, 2017
    Top Secret: License to Spy

    Secret agents, suspects, and science converge for an adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced in Top Secret: License to Spy. This engaging and highly interactive exhibit will put students’ skills to the test as they experience the science, technology, and psychology employed in the intelligence field. Upon arrival, each student receives a “Spy File” containing their scenario and a list of six suspects. Can you crack the code on a safe, dodge laser beams, and use a night vision camera to solve puzzles and, just maybe, the entire case?


  3. Self-Guide: The Durham Museum's self-guided field trips are offered daily during regular museum hours.

For more information on field trips, please contact Abby, Sarah or Kim in the Education Department at 402-444-5027 or email education@DurhamMuseum.org.