With its beautiful parks and incredible museums, it comes as no surprise that Omaha is a favorite vacation destination. Families from across the country have discovered that there’s something for everyone in this welcoming Midwestern city.
For those who are visiting Omaha with young children in tow, there is one attraction that stands apart from the rest. The Omaha Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum that brings history, art, culture, and science to life for the young as well as the young at heart.
At Magnolia Omaha, we have compiled a guide that will provide you with all of the information you need to make the most out of your visit to the museum.
Location, Hours and Prices: What You Need to Know Before You Go
Families who are planning a trip to the Omaha Children’s Museum often need to know the basics before they incorporate it into their itinerary. Here’s what you need to know before you go:
- Location — The Omaha Children’s Museum is located at 500 South 20th Street in downtown Omaha. It is within walking distance from the top hotels in the city.
- Hours — The museum hours vary based on the season. During the popular summer tourist season, the museum is open daily. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. During the winter season, the museum is closed on Mondays. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. There are exclusive member hours throughout the year as well, but the museum is closed on major holidays.
- Pricing — Members always get in for free. Tickets for those between the ages of 2 and 59 can purchase a ticket for $14. Seniors over the age of 60 can purchase a ticket for $13. Infants under the age of 2 are free. Discounts may be available based on the season.
Top Exhibits to Experience at the Omaha Children’s Museum
The Omaha Children’s Museum has a series of permanent exhibits that are always on display, as well as several special exhibits that rotate periodically. The top exhibits to experience at the Omaha Children’s Museum include:
- Charlie Campbell Science Center — This permanent exhibit brings science to life in a fun-filled way. The iconic Super Gravitron is located in this area of the museum.
- Zooland — Zooland is a children’s play area that uses nostalgic playground equipment from department stores in the Midwest. It’s a safe space for the youngest visitors to explore.
- Fantastic Future Me — This permanent exhibit allows children to use touch screen technology to create and save a future version of themselves. The possibilities are quite literally endless!
- Walker Tire Service Center — This innovative pretend-play exhibit gives children the opportunity to live the life of an auto mechanic. In the service center area, kids can slide under the car, change its tires and create custom license plates for the vehicle.
While these permanent exhibits are long-time favorites of Omaha residents and visitors, there are often special exhibits to explore as well. Families who live nearby, as well as those who like to vacation in Omaha, find that there is always something new to discover at the museum.
Special Events and Unique Opportunities to Enjoy
Depending on the day and time of your visit, you might find that there is a special event taking place at the museum. Throughout the year, museum administrators plan special events that are designed to delight both local children and visitors. Examples of recent special events include character greetings with super dogs, a family jazz party, a family multicultural festival, and an artist visit.
In addition to the special events, there are other unique ways to enjoy the museum. For instance, visitors can purchase tickets to enjoy a train ride or a carousel ride. The rides are operating during standard hours but may close approximately 15 minutes prior to the museum’s closing. Tickets can be purchased for $2.50 per ride.
Accessibility at the Omaha Children’s Museum
The Omaha Children’s Museum prides itself on being an accessible venue that meets the needs of all its visitors. Visitors with special needs or accessibility requirements should note that:
- The museum is wheelchair-friendly. The first and second floors are connected by elevators, all restrooms are accessible and all drinking fountains can be accessed by wheelchairs.
- Service animals are welcome in the museum.
- Visitors who require a one-on-one aide do not need to purchase an admission ticket for their aide.
- There are sensory-friendly areas within the museum, including the Curiosity Corner and the Wiggle Room.
Accommodations are continuously being made in order to make sure that every child or adult of any ability is able to experience the museum in a way that is comfortable and safe for them.
Dining and Shopping During Your Day at the Museum
With so much to do at the museum, visitors almost always spend an entire day there. This means that you have to think about food. At the museum, there are several places where you can eat and enjoy a meal, including:
- Picnic Area — This is the perfect place to enjoy the bagged lunch or snacks that you brought with you to the museum.
- Rainbow Cafe — This on-site restaurant offers both a lunch and snack menu. Popular items include the chicken tenders and the mozzarella sticks.
In addition to these eating areas, visitors also can use the Family Room if they need a quiet spot for a break. There are tables, chairs, and couches in the Family Room, as well as a private Nurture Room for breastfeeding mothers.
Visitors who want to bring home a souvenir to remember their visit by should stop by the Museum Store before they leave. The store specializes in educational gifts, such as science kits and activity books. Gift certificates also can be purchased at the store.
Coordinating the Logistics: Parking, Bathrooms, Strollers and More
Additional logistical factors that you may want to consider include:
- Parking — Free parking is available in several lots surrounding the museum.
- Restrooms — Family-friendly restrooms are available throughout the museum. There are changing tables, smaller toilets and spacious family restrooms located in the museum.
- Lockers — Bags and coats can be stored in on-site lockers during your visit.
- Strollers — There are some exhibits that require stroller parking. Designated areas identify where patrons can park their strollers.
If you want to include the Omaha Children’s Museum in your travel itinerary, then you need to book a room at a hotel that allows you to easily access this incredible attraction. Magnolia Omaha is located just a few blocks away from the museum, making it the preferred choice of many families who are vacationing in the city.
Magnolia Omaha combines effortless style and timeless sophistication with a welcoming atmosphere. It is the perfect place for your family to stay during their next visit to Omaha. Contact us today to learn more about what we can offer your family.