A Letter from the Executive Director
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first time Omaha Children’s Museum officially presented a program at the Summer Arts Festival on June 25 and 26, 1976. A group of committed and energetic volunteers, led by the creative force of Karen Levin, loaded up the back of a station wagon with art supplies and offered some hands-on activities under the name of Omaha Children’s Museum.

No one could have predicted then what the Museum would become, but the spark was ignited and the stage was set for this community to embrace an organization that creates excitement around learning every day. Today, the Museum welcomes more than 300,000 visitors annually through its doors and serves close to 100,000 more through outreach and community programs. And it all started out of the back of a station wagon.

As we celebrate 40 years of being a museum in the community, we are interested in your stories. Did you visit the Museum as a child? What were your favorite exhibits? Did your family have a station wagon? If so, what are those memories? Please feel free to share them with us on Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter and let us share your stories using the hashtag #OCMTurns40. Thanks for being a part of the history in the making of Omaha Children’s Museum.

About Lindy J. Hoyer

As executive Director of the Omaha Children’s Museum since June of 2002, Lindy Hoyer brings 26 years of passion for reaching out to children through children’s museum work and continues striving to inspire young people to play, explore and learn. 

During Hoyer’s tenure as Executive Director, Omaha Children’s Museum has seen fantastic growth and accomplishment from hosting blockbuster traveling exhibits to completing a $6.6 million capital campaign and renovation of the museum’s permanent exhibits and seeing attendance soar to over 270,000 annually. 

Hoyer participated in the inaugural Noyce Leadership Institute along with 17 science center executives from across the world. She has served on the board of directors for the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) and participates in Qm2 Roundtable for Museum Executives. Locally, she serves on the Omaha Sister City Association Board and serves as a member of the Economic Development Commission for Nebraska.