Omaha’s Children’s Museum

The Omaha Children’s Museum ( is a nonprofit knowing and expedition space for youths situated at 500 South 20th Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The museum has actually gotten a national award from the Association of Science and Technology Museums.

Run as a private not-for-profit organization the mission of Omaha Children’s Museum is to engage the creativity and produce enjoyment about knowing. The museum was founded in 1976 by Karen Levin, Jane Ford Hawthorne, Betty Hiller, and a group of local educators. It began as a traveling group of exhibits and activities, and today occupies a 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) area in Downtown Omaha. The museum has a Board of Directors composed of neighborhood members.

In 1989 the museum relocated to its existing and irreversible home at 20th Street and St. Mary’s Ave. In 1993 Omaha Children’s Museum finished the remodeling of the primary flooring (40,000 sq. feet) that included the Charlie Cambell Science and Technology Center.

In 2004 and 2010, the museum was bestowed Leading Edge Awards for Visitor Experience from the Association of Science and Technology Museums. The museum’s director, Lindy J. Hoyer served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Children’s Museums.


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