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Current Hours

Tuesdays through Fridays 9 am - 4 pm

Saturdays & Sundays 9 am - 5 pm

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.


General Admission Tickets

Advance Member and General Admission tickets are no longer required. Advance General Admission tickets are still available for your convenience.

Walk-ups are welcome!

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Pricing

Members FREE

Under 24 months FREE

Kids 2-15 $14 

Adults 16-59 $14

Seniors 60+ $13

Tickets purchased for the last hour of the day $5

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. Click the button below for more information on gift memberships.

Gift Memberships


Location

500 South 20th Street Omaha, NE 68102

Phone: (402) 342-6164 Fax: (402) 342-6165 Email: info@ocm.org

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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

The Rainbow Cafe will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 14 through Thursday, Sept. 16, and Tuesday Sept. 21 through Thursday, Sept. 23.

Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 3 pm

Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

Rainbow Cafe Menu


Carousel and Train

Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 5 pm

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 Game On!.

  • Our mask policy: Unvaccinated children play here. For the health and safety of children, please wear a mask when visiting the museum. Museum staff will wear a mask at all times in public spaces. Free masks are available for guests who need one.

  • We are open Tuesday–Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM and Saturday & Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM 

  • The gift shop is open. 

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

  • The museum has ended its occupancy cap. Reservations are no longer required.

  • 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.

  • During your visit, museum staff members may take pictures or videos of visitors for marketing purposes. If you wish not to be photographed, please tell the front desk.

Our Membership Program

Omaha Children’s Museum extended membership expiration dates to compensate for the time we’ve been closed in 2020. This applies to memberships active during or purchased during the closure. 

Become a Member Today!

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 still encouraged

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

  • Marked spacing in lines for six-foot distancing.

Our Guests

  • Guests ages 5 and older are encouraged to wear face coverings inside the museum. Guests younger than 5 and older than 2 are also encouraged to wear coverings, if it is safe to do so. (The city of Omaha mask mandate has expired. Employees of the museum are still required to wear masks. Disposable masks and face shields will be available at the front desk to anyone who needs one.)

  • 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.

  • Continually sanitizing surfaces throughout the day.

  • 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 is now open, with your safety in mind. We have cleaning procedures in place to make sure the food is prepared safely. Socially distanced tables are located in the Mammoth Munch Room (located next to the Rainbow Cafe) for eating. Hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 AM - 3 PM and Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM to 4 PM

  • 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.

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

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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.

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 PDF of social storybook

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

Restrooms with Changing Tables

There are restrooms with multiple stalls and changing tables on both floors. 

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.

Family Restroom

A large family restroom is located just outside the Imagination Playground on the first floor.

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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.

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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.


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