Thirty years ago, dinosaurs roamed the streets of Omaha. Yes, you read that right.
Thirty years ago - not 30 billion years - a courageous and forward-thinking team took on the task of presenting the first robotic dinosaur exhibition in Omaha. It was ground breaking. It was exciting and it made an impression on the community like nothing before.
And it was Omaha Children’s Museum behind the effort.
Amazing things have happened in our community and at Omaha Children’s Museum since then. Those children who visited that exhibit, Dinosaur Encounter, are now parents. And not surprising to me, those parents have kids who are just as interested in dinosaurs as they once were.
As this courageous and forward-thinking team of today has prepared to present Diggin’ Dinos for our fall exhibition, they have added a new twist. They’ve designed an exhibit that builds off the popularity of dinosaurs and adds the excitement of construction vehicles.
If you visited one of the many dinosaur displays in the past, we’d love to hear from you. Share those photos and memories on our social media pages. It is our intent never let dinosaurs become extinct in Omaha.
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.