Details revealed for Omaha Children’s Museum reopening plans, including ticket sales

Museum Announces Steps To Limit Capacity And Keep Families, Staff Safe
OMAHA- Omaha Children’s Museum has released additional details regarding its reopening. Last week, the museum announced its plans to reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 15. The first stage of the reopening will include timed tickets that must be reserved ahead of time, reduced hours, and masks requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“We are ready to welcome back families into the museum, and we will be proactive about protecting the community and staff members,” said Lindy Hoyer, executive director. “Museum officials have worked closely with county officials to identify the steps needed to create a safe environment while meeting the expectations guests have for the high quality of exhibits and interactions in the museum.”

New Museum Hours

The museum’s temporary reopening hours starting Aug. 15 will be Wednesday through Sunday, with two reservation periods each day: One for 9 to 11:30 a.m. and one for 12:30 to 3 p.m. Prior to opening each day, the museum will undergo extensive sanitization. The one-hour closure each day will allow for additional disinfecting. High-touch areas will be frequently disinfected throughout by museum staff daily, as well.

Tickets to visit will go on sale Aug. 1 for members and Aug. 8 for non-members. Tickets to visit will be available up to two weeks in advance to start and then will be made available a week ahead after that. Members will need to make a reservation for their visit. A limited number of tickets are available for each period to make it easy to maintain a safe social distance, and groups must be fewer than eight people.

New Safety Measures

To maintain a safe environment for guests and staff, face masks will be required for everyone ages 5 and older. Reasonable accommodations will be made for those unable to wear a face mask. The museum will have face shields available for guests. Face masks are strongly recommended for children between ages 2 and 5. Children younger than 24 months will not be required to wear a face mask.

Social distancing is encouraged throughout the museum, including at popular exhibits like the water table. While most exhibits will reopen without significant modifications, the museum has worked with the help of county health officials to identify some exhibit areas that will be closed or altered to maintain safe playing areas. A few areas that blow air in the Super Gravitron area of the Science Center will be turned off and the face painting stations will be closed. Guest access to the Tinker Lab will be modified to limit the number of groups in the space at one time. Daily programs will occur with new guest guidelines for social distancing and reduced audience participation. All other exhibits will be open, including the traveling exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far,” which will be open through Sept. 6.

Additional behind-the-scenes safety treating the water table with an ultra-violet light treatment system as well as filters and chlorine. Guest check-in will now be touchless with online ticket reservations and new plexiglass walls in front of staff.

Omaha Children’s Museum has been closed to the public since March 14, with limited openings for summer camps since June.

About Omaha Children’s Museum

Since its inception in 1976, Omaha Children’s Museum has been a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works and learn through play. The mission of Omaha Children’s Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning. The museum’s permanent exhibits include Charlie Campbell Science & Technology Center, Art Smart Center including the Karen Levin Artist-in-Residence Studio, Imagination Playground, and Walker Tire & Auto Service Center. In addition to its permanent exhibits, Omaha Children’s Museum offers educational programs, traveling exhibitions, field trips, outreach programs, summer camps, and early childhood programs.

For more information visit http://www.ocm.org.

Museum Information

500 S. 20th St.

Omaha, NE 68102

(402) 342-6164

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