The Durham Museum#4 in Best Things To Do in Omaha
The Durham Museum, which is affiliated with the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, chronicles Omaha's history through exhibits on the Plains Indians and to-scale models of blue-collar cottages. The actual building, a restored train station, is neat too, as are the train cars on display. There's even a working soda bar, where you can slurp a milkshake after touring the museum.
Recent visitors said the musuem caters to all ages, and children especially will enjoy wandering through the train exhibits. Others appreciated that the museum's exhibits made it easy to imagine what life was like for earlier generations, saying the attraction taught them a lot about Omaha's history and residents.
You'll find The Durham in Omaha's Old Market area. The museum is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and on some select Mondays throughout the summer and the winter holidays. Adult admission costs $11, seniors (ages 62 and older) pay $8 and kids ages 3 to 12 are charged $7 (kids under the age of 2 get free admission). For more information, visit the website.
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#1 Old Market
If you're looking for the heart of Omaha, you'll find it in Old Market. Here, the brick-paved streets are trotted on by horse-drawn carriages (for tourism) and lined with popular sites like the Joslyn Art Museum and the Omaha Children's Museum. There are independent coffee shops like Aromas and 13th Street Coffee Co. and fine dining establishments like The Boiler Room. There is a host of art galleries and shops too.
Most travelers say a visit to Old Market is a must, though some recommend parking your car near the Durham Museum and walking through the area, as the streets are bumpy (due to the cobblestones) and parking can be hard to come by. For more information on Old Market, visit the official website.
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