old market
old market

The Old Market is Omaha’s most notable, most engaging neighborhood. The cobblestone avenues are home to a different blend of shopping, exhibitions, eateries, bars, and people-watching.

History of the Old Market

Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Omaha was in its prime as an incredible railroad focus, interfacing the settled East with the wide-open West. The Old Market territory was the epicenter of the action, clamoring with produce merchants, purchasers, and transporters.

Today its the attraction for thousands of visitors that love to take a road down to the memory lane by visiting various museums, art galleries and other places here.

Arts & Entertainment

Our diverse neighborhood has a rich history of art and culture. We are glad to offer Omaha’s most energetic accumulation of working craftsmen and exhibitions. Try not to miss First Friday – the month to month self-guided visit displaying local art.

Dining & Cocktails

More than 45 eateries and drinking establishments entice guests on our brick lined lanes. From fine French cooking to crisp pizza, you will discover many enticing alternatives. Thereafter, stop for a cocktail or locally-brewed beer.

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Shopping & Services

Come visit the Old Market’s collection of really extraordinary shops offering craftsmanship, design, gifts, and jewelry. Also, if you happen to require a hairdo refresh or pampering, we have salons that are prepared to help!


Things To Do At The Old Market Omaha

There are many amazingly entertaining things and good places to grab lunch in the old market Omaha. Let’s have a quick look at the options you have…

Art Galleries & Museums

  • Artists’ Cooperative Fine Arts Gallery
  • MANGELSEN – Images of Nature Gallery: “
  • Old Market Artists Gallery
  • Passageway Gallery
  • The Durham Museum
  • Garden of the Zodiac
  • SmithOmni Gallery


  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Get Out: Omaha
  • Hollywood Candy
  • Magical Journey Carriage Service
    Omaha Visitors Center
  • Nebraska Tour Company
    Omaha Public Market

Live Music

  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Harney Street Tavern
  • Havana Garage – Cigar Lounge

Nearby Attraction

  • Blue Barn Theatre
  • CHI Health Center Omaha
  • Holland Performing Arts Center
    Joslyn Art Museum
  • Lauritzen Gardens
  • Omaha Children’s Museum
  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo/IMAX Theater
  • Orpheum Theater
  • The Rose

Historical Walking Tour

The Old Market is filled with sites and buildings of historical interest. Several of these have been specifically identified and researched. As a result, an Old Market Historic Walking Tour with identification plaques of these edifices began in 2003.

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  • Then: Union Station, 1931-1971 – Now: The Durham Museum (801 South 10th Street)
  • Then: Windsor Hotel, 1885-1887 – Now: Windsor Square Apartments (520 to 524 South 10th Street)
  • Then: Omaha Firehouse, 1903-1904 – Now: Upstream Brewing Company (514 South 11th Street)
  • Then: Omaha Bemis Bag Company, 1887-1902 – Now: Vintage Ballroom (614 South 11th Street)
  • Then: Anheuser-Busch Beer Depot, 1887 Company, 1887-1902 – Now: The New BLK Ad Agency & Art Gallery (1213 Jones Street)
  • Then: Skinner Macaroni Building, 1914-1915 – Now: Skinner Macaroni Lofts (1323 Jackson Street)
  • Then: Aquila Court – Now: Magnolia Hotel (16159 Howard Street)
  • Then & Now: J. P. Cooke Buildings, 1885-1889 (1307-1315 Howard Street)
  • Then: The Overland Hotel – Now: Ashley’s CollectibleS (E3) (1212 Howard Street)
  • Then: Morse Coe Building, 1892-1893 – Now: First National Bank of Omaha branch and Mayfield Apartments (1123 Howard Street)
  • Then: Hotel Howard, 1909 Building, 1892-1893 – Now: Mr. Toad’s Pub (G11) (1002 Howard Street)
  • Then: Millard Block, 1880-1881 – Now: Jams (F9) (1101-1107 Harney Street)

Related: Explore Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha Nebraska

Old Market Fall Festival

  • Candy stations for a trick-or-treater
  • Books R Treats free books for all ages (limited supply)
  • Interactive displays with crews from Omaha Police Department, Omaha Fire Department, & Metro Transit Omaha.
  • Pet Costume Contest
  • Activity Booths for the kids

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What are the opening hours? – While for most of the Old Market is open every day, the individual calendars of every business changes. We are an exceptional, varied, autonomously run group of businesses.
  2. Is photography allowed? -Occasional snapshot is ok but other than that…Try not to Touch or move plants and pots. Not to have picture takers or subjects stand or lean in the windows or on the edges and not, to square stairways, walkways, or entryways.
  3. Can I bring my pet? – As an exceptional, mixed, independently owned group of businesses, approaches will fluctuate. It would be ideal if you check with a business specifically. A few eateries have yards to accommodate pets.
  4. How can I contact you? – The Old Market Business Association is controlled by an all-volunteer board with help from the Downtown Improvement District. To get in touch with us, fill out the form available on the website.

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