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Plan Your Visit

Current Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closed major holidays. (New Year's Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve; and Christmas Day) Open on some Mondays during school holidays.


Welcome back!

We’ve missed you. We’re excited for your family to return to Omaha Children’s Museum, but there are some changes you need to know before your visit in order to keep you and our staff safe. 

  1. We are limiting how many people can be in the museum at any given time. Which means, everyone needs a timed admission ticket. You will need to purchase admission tickets online and reserve a time slot to visit with your family. Each member of your group needs a ticket. Please keep your group to less than 8 people. 

  2. Members, you also need to reserve a timeslot to visit. Make sure each member of your family has a reserved ticket for your visit. Don’t worry, these tickets are free with your membership! 

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Pricing

Members: FREE Under 24 months: FREE Kids 2-15: $14  Adults 16-59: $14  Seniors 60+: $13 All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult 16 or older. 

Gift cards are available for purchase at the front desk, reception desk and by phone. For information on gift memberships, please click here.


Location

500 South 20th Street Omaha, NE 68102 Phone: (402) 342-6164 Fax: (402) 342-6165 Email: info@ocm.org

Google Maps 

Park for FREE in the parking lot on the south side of the building. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. Museum entrance is located on the south side of the building. Overflow parking is available at Liberty Elementary School, 2021 St. Marys Ave., from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 


Rainbow Cafe

Rainbow Cafe is temporarily closed, but is planning to re-open at a later date.


Carousel and Train

Open: Wednesday–Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Hours are subject to change)

  • Cost: $2.50 per ticket.

  • Tickets may be purchased at the Front Desk, upstairs kiosk, or Rainbow Cafe.

  • Any adults standing on the carousel accompanying a child do not need a ticket.


Guidelines to Plan Your Visit

  • Our permanent exhibits are indoors, as well as the special exhibit Bug Squad, which is open through April 11, 2021.

  • Guests are asked to keep 6 feet apart from people not in your group.

  • Visitors ages 5 and older are required to wear face coverings indoors. Face coverings are recommended by health officials for children between the ages of 2 and 5. Face coverings are strongly encouraged when playing outdoors in The Grass Patch and on the fire truck by the picnic area.

  • We are open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • The gift shop is open. 

  • The carousel and train (with appropriate spacing and sanitizing) will be open.

  • Reservation for a time to enter the museum must be made online before visiting. Members will need to make a reservation, as well.

  • In order to utilize the Omaha Children’s Museum premises and services, the holder of this ticket assumes all risks and dangers on behalf of the ticketholder and/or the ticketholder’s children arising out of or relating to the risk of contacting COVID-19 and hereby forever releases and waives any right to bring suit against Omaha Children’s Museum, its directors, officers, employees, and agents for any losses, damages, or injuries (including illness or death) from exposure or infection of COVID-19 and agrees that he or she understands that the foregoing waiver means the holder of this ticket releases all claims for losses, damages, or injuring (including illness or death), including but not limited to claims of negligence against Omaha Children’s Museum, its directors, officers, employees, or its agents.  

  • Our Main Entrance is on the south side of the building facing the parking lot. Please use the doors on the left. The doors on the right-hand side are for exiting only.

  • Wheelchairs are available (limited supply).

  • Bathrooms will be accessible on the first and second floors. Please keep in mind the limit of people admitted into the restroom.

  • IDs and online reservation receipts will be checked at the front entrance.

  • Memberships are non-transferable.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Omaha Children’s Museum is committed to the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Please help us keep you and all visitors safe by following the posted instructions and following the directions from our staff. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that spreads through person-to-person contact and can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting the museum, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Our Membership Program

Omaha Children’s Museum will be extending membership expiration dates to compensate for the time we’ve been closed. This applies to memberships active during or purchased during the closure. 

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We’re all in this together.

In response to coronavirus and in adherence to city, state and federal guidelines, the following are the general principles guiding the plan for the phased reopening of Omaha Children’s Museum to the public.

Social Distancing
  • Timed ticketing to appropriately space entrance into the museum.

  • Educational programs will be limited to discourage clustering of guests.

  • Marked spacing in lines for six-foot distancing.

  • Increased signage with distancing instructions.

Our Guests
  • Guests ages 5 and older are required to wear face coverings inside the museum. Guests younger than 5 and older than 2 are encouraged to wear coverings, if it is safe to do so.

  • A few areas in the exhibit spaces will be closed or turned off, but these are very few. 

  • The face painting tables will not have shared paint products.

  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum.

Our Staff
  • Adherence to local, state and federal guidelines for health and safety.

  • Face masks, face shields and/or plexiglass in areas of close contact with guests.

  • Reduced or eliminated touch points with guests when possible.

  • Additional access to hand sanitizers and disinfectants in work areas.

Food and Beverage
  • The Rainbow Cafe will not be open. A reopening date for the cafe will be announced at a later date.

  • A limited number of packaged snacks and popcorn will be available for purchase at the Gift Shop. 

  • Guests are asked to refrain from eating inside exhibit spaces.

  • We know that kids like to eat…all the time. For your convenience, there is a picnic area outside the museum’s south entrance furnished with tables. There is also a seating area with tables just inside the museum’s south entrance and a seating area on the second floor by the Rainbow Café. (See museum map here.) These are the only areas of the museum where face coverings are permitted to be removed temporarily.

  • Drinking fountains are located outside the restrooms off the lobby on the main floor and outside the second-floor restrooms.

Rides and Amenities
  • Rides are available on The Bay Family Carousel and the train following current restrictions for social distancing and adjusting capacity as needed.

  • Additional cleaning and disinfecting measures are in place for rides.

Family Discovery Room
  • Need to take a quick break? The museum’s Family Room, inside Imagination Playground (see museum map here), offers several tables, chairs, and a couch for a quiet place to unwind. For your convenience, there is also a private Nurture Room for breastfeeding. There’s also plenty of reading/resource materials for children and adults.


FAQs

What if I can’t wear a mask? What if my child can’t wear a mask?
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People who have trouble breathing or are otherwise unable to remove a face covering without help, will be accommodated. We will have a supply of face shields available. When you arrive, let us know who in your group is medically unable to wear a mask. 

Will you check our temperatures?
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The museum reserves the right to take the temperature of anyone entering museum property, and deny access to those with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or with other COVID-19 symptoms, but in general, will not take the temperature of most people visiting the museum. The museum will conduct daily temperature and health checks for all staff members.

For further questions, contact us.

Why are you doing it this way?
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The museum is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will follow their lead for how long this measure needs to be in place. 

Why can members buy tickets early?
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At this time, we are only opening at a limited capacity in order to ensure we can keep everyone socially distant and safe. 

What if I don't want to renew my membership?
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Please reach out to our membership team to discuss your specific situation by calling (402) 342-6164 x430.


Special Needs

Mobility
  • The entire museum is wheelchair friendly. An elevator connects the first and second floors.

  • All restrooms (including the first-floor family restroom) and water fountains are wheelchair accessible.

  • Accessible parking spaces are located in the museum parking lot off of St. Mary’s Avenue.

Service Animals/Aides
  • Service animals are always welcome. And you can always bring a one-on-one aide or therapist to Omaha Children’s Museum with you for free.

Sensory Accommodations

We recognize that the museum can get loud! We offer Sensory Bags at the front desk that include headphones, gloves, sunglasses, and other items. If your child needs a quieter spot, or a more focused activity, visit these spots:

  • Family Discovery Room

  • Curiosity Corner

  • Wiggle Room – for guests 3 years old or younger

To plan your visit at a quieter time, the museum is typically quiet on school weekdays in the afternoon.

If your child needs pressure, several exhibits in the Charlie Campbell Science Center have cranks that require effort to move.

A social storybook is available to prepare children for their visits and show what it's like to visit the museum. Download a PDF of this book.

Transitions

If your child has difficulty with transitions, we recommend visiting towards the end of the day. Museum staff members make several announcements in preparation for closing. At that time, all visitors are encouraged to visit their favorite exhibit one more time, then make their way to the coatroom and depart for home.

If you have any questions related to accessibility, please call the Museum at (402) 342-6164 or email: info@ocm.org before your visit. Omaha Children’s Museum is fully accessible. Many traveling exhibits are also fully accessible. See individual exhibit pages for more information.


Restrooms

During the phased reopening of the museum, there will be limits to the number of people permitted in the bathroom.

Restrooms with Changing Tables

There are restrooms with multiple stalls and changing tables on both floors.  (See museum map here.)

Small Potties & Handle Flushes

For those who are in the process of potty training, and those who simply prefer small potties (with handles that flush, rather than automatic flushes), they are located next to the Light Piano on the first floor. (See museum map here.)

Family Restroom

A large family restroom is located just outside the Imagination Playground on the first floor. (See museum map here.)


For Your Stuff

Coat and Bag Lockers

There are lockers near the entrance by the front desk available for rental. They are perfect for storing anything you don’t want to hold while you play! It's 50¢ for a small locker, and 75¢ for a large locker.

Stroller Parking

Stroller parking is available near the stairs, and next to the Wiggle Room in Imagination Playground. (See museum map here.)

Missing something?

Lost and found is located at the museum’s front desk.

Keeping Safe

Got a boo boo? Basic first aid materials are available at the museum’s front desk. Managers are also trained in basic first aid procedures.