08.12.2011 / Joslyn & Durham Museums Turn 80!

In August, two of the most treasured buildings in Omaha turn 80. Both Union Station (now home to The Durham Museum) and the Joslyn Museum opened their doors in 1931. To celebrate, both museums are planning a birthday party and they want you to join them!

"Both Union Station (now home to The Durham Museum) and the Joslyn Museum opened their doors in 1931."

On August 21st, from noon until 5pm, both the Durham and the Joslyn will be having a birthday party.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children – and is good for both museums! 

At the Durham, you can:

  • Visit the Durham’s 80th anniversary exhibition, Gateway to Omaha
  • Enjoy Art Deco architecture tours
  • Listen to Omaha jazz legends Joey Gulizia, Dan Cerveny, and Joe Genovesi
  • See dancing by the Omaha Jitterbugs
  • Take part in a museum-wide scavenger hunt
  • See demonstrations of pioneer living in the log cabin and schoolhouse
  • Play at puzzle stations featuring historic photographs from the museum’s Photo Archive
  • Stop by the Soda Fountain to purchase refreshing phosphates, old-fashioned sodas, and malts!

At the Joslyn, you can:

  • See an old favorite – or discover a new one – in the exhibition Joslyn Treasures: Well Traveled and Rarely Seen
  • View original art by Etienne Delessert, one of the fathers of modern children’s picture books, in the Mind’s Eye Gallery exhibition Why Grow Up?
  • Go places, do challenges, and earn points with SCVNGR treks (be sure to bring your mobile device to play)
  • Enjoy a traditional docent-led exploration of the collection or the building, a work of art in itself
  • Tap your toes to the sounds of live jazz music
  • Round out the afternoon with hands-on art-making activities for young visitors
    We hope you’ll join these two Omaha landmarks in celebrating their 80th birthdays!  Here’s to 80 more!

    Do you have a favorite memory of The Durham or the Joslyn you’d like to share? Tell us!
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