Museums celebrate 80 years in Omaha


August 11th, 2011

Omaha, NE – The Joslyn Art Museum and the Durham Museum celebrate 80 years in Omaha.

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The Durham Museum was once home to Union Station. (Photo credit

In 1931, two buildings were constructed in Omaha – for different reasons. One would be used as a train station and the other a museum. The Durham was once the home of the union station, and the Joslyn was a museum donated to the people in Omaha from Sarah Joslyn in memory of her husband.

Shawna Forsberg, with the Durham Museum, said these two buildings are also considered to be some of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in the country.

“Joslyn was a museum from the beginning, and [they] selected that form of architecture and really created a beautiful facility,” said Forsberg. “At the same time, Union Pacific was building its own passenger station. During that time, Union Pacific had its own passenger fleet, and being based in Omaha they wanted it to be their prized locations for people to stop.”

Both the Joslyn and Durham Museums are viewed as some of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the region. (Photo credit

Jazz music from local artists like Joey Guliza, Dan Cerveny, and Joe Genovesi will fill the air at both the Durham and Joslyn on Saturday, August 21st as each museum celebrates its 80th birthday. People of all ages will have the opportunity to tour the current exhibits and check out several activities including a scavenger hunt and art making activities.

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