Reopening date: Aug. 15
Phase 1 Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Closed major holidays. Open on some Mondays during school holidays (New Year's Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve; and Christmas Day).
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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!
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 certificates are available for purchase at the front desk, reception desk and by phone. For information on gift memberships, please click here.
Park for FREE in the parking lot on the south side of the building. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. Overflow parking is available at Liberty Elementary School, 2021 St. Marys Ave., from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
** Rainbow Cafe is temporarily closed.**
Open: Wednesday–Sunday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 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.
• Our permanent exhibits indoors, as well as the special exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near And Far” are open. "America to Zanzibar" will close on Sept. 6.
• 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 for two sessions each day: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. We will be closed for cleaning between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 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.
• Reservations will open on Aug. 1 for Members and Aug, 8 for non-members. Please choose the available session that works best for your family: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Morning sessions guests will leave the building at the end of their session so the museum can be disinfected.
• 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.
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
What if I can't wear a mask? What if my child can’t wear a mask?
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?
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.
Why are you doing it this way?
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?
At this time, we are only opening at a limited capacity in order to ensure we can keep everyone socially distant and safe. Because members have already purchased passes, we are starting reservations for that group first. We will open tickets to the public a week later. In the meantime, we continue to bring our mission of family learning to the community through our Museum at Home program--all free of charge:
What if I don't want to renew my membership?
Please reach out to our membership team to discuss your specific situation by calling (402) 342-6164 x430.