Omaha Museum Getting Nelson Mandela Exhibit

July 19, 2021, 3:17 p.m. ·

Three large images of Nelson Mandela on a wall with a golf chair with cushions in the middle of the room.
This part of the display celebrates Mandela's unification and reconciliation of South Africa. (Photo courtesy Jim Marks)

An Omaha museum will have a Nelson Mandela exhibit starting March of next year. The global traveling exhibit will visit Durham Museum with unseen film and artifacts detailing the late South African president’s life.

Jessica Brummer with the museum says it’s a one-of-a-kind display.

“This exhibit was written by his family and they contributed stories and artifacts and the people who knew him,” she said. “It’s an extremely personal story, and most of the things in the show have never been out of South Africa before.”

Brummer says many museums in larger cities still aren’t open and that gave Omaha’s Durham Museum a chance to have the exhibit.

“It’s a little overwhelming to think about Nelson Mandela, global icon for change and someone most of us know in our current lifetime,” she said. “It’s not like we’re talking about somebody from hundreds of years in the past.”

Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for decades of work to end racial segregation and discrimination in South Africa. In 1994, he became the first democratically elected president in South Africa.

The Durham Museum will be the third stop for the exhibit in the United States.