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80 Candles

the durham museum &joslyn art museum celebrate 80th birthdays with family fun

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IN 1931, THE CITY OF OMAHA BECAME HOME TO
TWO FACILITIES, ONE A GRAND STATION SERVING RAIL
TRAVELERS IN LAVISH STYLE AND ONE A BASTION
OF CULTURE, PRESENTING VISUAL ART AND MUSIC
PERFORMANCES IN A STUNNING PINK MARBLE BUILDING.


BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

On Sunday, August 21st, from noon to 5 p.m., join the Durham and the Joslyn for a swinging day of fun for families. Reminisce about
the 1930s while exploring the trains and exhibits at Durham and the galleries and gardens at Joslyn.
 

Where to start? Flip a coin! Paid, discounted admission of just $5 for an adult and $4 for a child (18 and younger) earns guests a wristband good for the day at both museums. Each organization will feature special activities for all ages.
 

JOSLYN ART MUSEUM

Joslyn Art Museum is a major regional resource for the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the visual arts. Dedicated to
excellence and celebrating art in all its variety, the museum maintains a collection of art historical significance, ranging from antiquity to the present, with special emphasis on 19th- and 20thcentury European and American art. Through its collection, exhibitions and education programs, Joslyn Art Museum seeks to foster appreciation and enjoyment of art for the benefit of a diverse audience.
 

The museum’s original 1931 building is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation, with 38 types of marble from seven countries. The Walter and Suzanne Scott Pavilion, a 58,000- square-foot addition built in 1994, was designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, as his first U.S. commission. The museum features galleries, a 1,000- seat concert hall, fountain court, education technology gallery, lecture hall, classrooms, library, café and museum shop.
 

Museum Admission: $8 adults; $6 senior citizens (62+) and college students (with ID); $5 ages 5-17; free for children four and younger and Joslyn members. The general public is admitted free on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Visit www.joslyn.org.
 

THE DURHAM MUSEUM 

The Durham Museum, making its home in Omaha’s beautiful art deco Union Station, is home to permanent exhibits that preserve Omaha’s vibrant history. Traveling exhibits cover subjects ranging from history and culture to science and industry along with many entertaining, educational, family-oriented activities. The Durham Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and has strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and The Field Museum.
 

Gilbert Stanley Underwood, one of the finest architects in the classic art-deco style, was given free rein in designing the structure and his style is reflected in every facet of the construction, from the ceiling of the Suzzane and Walter Scott Great Hall right down to the door handles.
 

The station opened to great fanfare on January 15, 1931 and quickly became one of the busiest stations in the nation. In its heyday, 64 passenger trains and some 10,000 passengers passed through the facility every day. The last passenger train pulled out of Union Station in 1971.
 

Admission is free for members and children age 2 and under; $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; and $5 for children 3-12. Visit www.durhammuseum.org.

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