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03.15.2010 / Take a Road Trip to Some of America's Most Popular Destinations at the Durham Museum. Are We There Yet? Now Open!

For decades, the classic American Vacation has brought families together to witness the wonder and beauty of countless natural and historical sites, experience the taste of life in another part of the country or visit the top attractions in our nation. The Durham Museum will pay homage to the great American Vacation in a truly unique fashion with Are We There Yet?

"The exhibition also offers visitors amusing photo opportunities. For example, visitors can take photos that give the impression they are riding down Niagara Falls in a barrel!"

Iconic travel sites and approximately 40 pedal cars from motorsports enthusiast Bill Smith's private collection capture visitor’s imagination as they experience this collaborative exhibition from The Durham Museum and the Smith Collection of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is a unique opportunity to see a piece of the country’s most expansive pedal car collection. "Pedal cars have been around just as long as automobiles and the story of their development closely follow that of the auto industry," said Clay Smith of Speedway Motors. "As children, we seek to emulate our parents and seeing as how America's car culture is so strong, pedal cars were a way for young people to imitate our love of all things automotive. Furthermore, the artistic nature of the objects themselves makes the entire pedal car industry a significant part of the American way of life."

Are We There Yet? features six imaginatively produced dioramas depicting prominent family vacation destinations. Visitors’ travels begin in Nebraska, showcasing several travel destinations including Carhenge. From there, visitors tour Mt. Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Grand Canyon, the Kennedy Space Center and Niagara Falls. Classic cruisers, trucks, and even pedal planes enliven each scene giving visitors a unique chance to view these extraordinary pedal cars.

The exhibition also offers visitors amusing photo opportunities. For example, visitors can take photos that give the impression they are riding down Niagara Falls in a barrel! Are We There Yet? is on display at The Durham Museum February 20 – May 2, 2010.

The Durham Museum also has a fantastic line-up of special events planned in support of Are We There Yet?

  • Discover Nebraska Family Day with Greg Wagner, NE Game & Parks* Saturday, March 13 presentation 11A.M. Greg Wagner with Nebraska Game & Parks will help visitors discover what’s in our own back yard. Participants will learn about the numerous hunting, fishing, camping, boating and state park destinations that our great state has to offer. From one end of the state to the other, participants will be inspired by a land with natural beauty, family-friendly activities and exciting attractions. During Nebraska Family Day, museum guests will receive a FREE 2010 Nebraska Travel Guide compliments of Nebraska Tourism, and meet Tyler, the animated star of Nebraska Tourism’s Youth Program. Visitors can also register to win door prizes including a chance to win a Garmin handheld GPS compliments of Nebraska Tourism.
  • NASA Distance Learning Program* March 30 and April 7 at 1PM. John F. Kennedy Space Center has launched all U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions. Preparing a vehicle to lift off into space requires a special location, massive facilities, unique equipment and tools, and a world-class workforce. It has also been a destination for visitors from around the world. Now you can journey to Kennedy Space Port for a highly interactive two-way visit from a front row seat in the Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Lecture Hall. You will have the opportunity not only to see the facility, but to talk to an expert tour guide and ask questions about the space port and why there are alligators in the parking lot.
  • Chevrolet Classic Car Show: Saturday, May 1st from 10AM – 3PM. The Durham Museum is teaming up with the Chevrolet Classic Car Club of Omaha and Council Bluffs for a special classic car show! A wonderful display of classic cars from the 50's and 60's will be featured. Visitors will enjoy music and hula hoop contests. There will also be crafts, face painting and pedal car trials for the kids. Owners of a classic car that are interested in showing a vehicle at this event should contact Mike White at (402) 293-6144.

*Due to limited seating, reservations are required for these events with an asterisk. Please call Andrea Boschult at (402)444-5071 or email aboschult@durhammuseum.org. Cost of museum admission applies and members are FREE for all lectures.


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