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Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is Kiewit Luminarium?

Kiewit Luminarium is a place for learners of all ages and backgrounds to engage with their own curiosity. With more than 125 open-ended exhibits and ever-changing programming, your experience at the Luminarium will never be the same twice!

What are your hours?

The Luminarium is currently open every day except Tuesday. On Thursday evenings, the museum is open from 7 to 10 p.m. for adults over the age of 18 for Night Light

 

Our current hours are:

Monday  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. for adults only

Friday  10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Saturday  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Sunday  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

Please note that hours may vary by season and for special events. The Luminarium will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 

Are there staff available to help if needed?

Our Luminators are available to assist with questions, facilitate visitor experiences, lead demonstrations, and enhance your Luminarium experience. They wear bright blue vests and are easy to spot! Luminators are high school students, college students, and early-career adults from diverse backgrounds.

Is the museum really for all ages?

The Luminarium is a place for learners of all ages, identities, and backgrounds to explore and learn with their hands. While our content is designed for ages 6 and up, younger children often enjoy exhibits involving light, shadows, color, and bubbles. These can be found in the Catch Waves gallery on the first floor.  The only exhibit that is age-restricted is the Geometry Climber, which is for ages 5 and up.

 

Adults can enjoy Night Light (18+) every Thursday evening. During Night Light, we offer provocative programming to expand your brain and spark joy. We also have a cash bar for those who want to enjoy an adult beverage while they explore.

What can I do with my bags, coats and other stuff?

We have free lockers available for use during your visit. They are located in the Landing just past our Welcome Desk.

Are pictures and videos allowed?

Informal photography and video for personal use are allowed as long as you do not disrupt the experience for other guests. 

Photography, filming, or recording of any kind intended for advertising, publication, or any other public or commercial use must be approved in advance by our Marketing department. Please email [email protected] to get in touch with a team member.

What else is there to do nearby?

You’ve got plenty of options! The Luminarium is located at Lewis and Clark Landing at The RiverFront. Enjoy green space, sand volleyball, walking and biking trails, and a destination playground made for adventure. To see all that The RiverFront has to offer, visit their website.

Additionally, you can take a walk on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge over to Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs, or walk the MLK bridge up to The Capitol District and Old Market district where you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.

Is there food at the Luminarium?

Our onsite restaurant, Fig café is located at the south end of the museum, and is open during the same hours as the Luminarium. Fig. offers freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, and new twists on classic dishes that everyone can enjoy. You can dine in the cafe and enjoy views of the river or grab and go.

Where is Kiewit Luminarium located?

Kiewit Luminarium is located at Lewis and Clark Landing at The RiverFront. Our address is 345 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, NE 68102.

Where do I park?

There are free parking lots directly west of the building. 

Is there a loading zone for dropping off and picking up guests?

Yes, there is a loading zone on the west side of the building where you can drop off or pick up.

Do I have to leave the museum at a certain time before closing?

You’re welcome to stay until closing, no matter what time you enter the museum.

Are there wheelchairs available for guests to use?

Yes, we have three free wheelchairs available for guests to use on a first come basis.

Tickets

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are available online or at our Welcome Desk. Entry is subject to availability and capacity. We strongly encourage advance reservations on weekends and during peak times. Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

How much do tickets cost?

Daytime entry is always free for members. General admission pricing is $24.95 for adults (18+), $19.95 for youth between the ages of 5-17, and free for children age four and under.

Night Light tickets (adults only) are $20 general and $15 for members.

Do you offer any discounts on general admission tickets?

We do! Teachers, Students (18+), Seniors (65+) and Active Military adults receive a 20% discount. Children of Teachers and Children of Active Military (ages 5-17) also receive a 20% discount.

Do you offer gift cards?

At this time, the Luminarium is not offering gift cards. However, we do offer gift memberships.

Do you offer group reservations?

We do offer group reservations. Please email [email protected] to be connected to a team member who can assist you.

Am I able to receive a refund if I was not able to attend my ticket date?

If you notify us in advance that you will not be able to attend on your ticket date, we will be happy to help you reschedule your visit to a future date.

Do I need to reserve tickets if I am a member?

As a member, your daytime admission to the Luminarium is always free. However, to ensure a great experience for all visitors, all guests must have a timed-entry ticket so that everyone is able to comfortably engage with exhibits and staff. You can reserve your tickets in advance here.

Am I able to exchange tickets in case of emergency?

If you are not able to make your scheduled ticket time, we can reschedule your visit for another time. Please email [email protected] with the future date and time you would like to visit and our team will be happy to update your reservation.

Membership

Does Kiewit Luminarium offer memberships?

Yes, we offer multiple membership options. Learn more about our membership options here.

How do I become a member?

You can purchase a membership online here or visit us in person and a team member will be happy to help you sign up.

What are the membership benefits?

We offer Family, Grandparent, Dual, and Individual memberships. All memberships offer the following benefits:

    • Unlimited free daytime admission for one year 
    • Reduced price admission for adults-only Thursday nights
    • 10% discount at Fig. Cafe
    • 10% discount at the Luminarium Store

What are the benefits of your Family membership?

In addition to the benefits included with every membership, our Family Membership supports the needs of the modern family by including a built-in caregiver benefit so you can add a grandparent or regular babysitter/nanny to your membership at no additional cost. There are extra benefits for your children, too! We offer the opportunity for children to bring a friend along on every visit. 

Can I gift a membership?

Yes! A membership to Kiewit Luminarium makes a great gift. View our gift membership options here.

Can someone use my membership without being named on it?

Most memberships offer the flexibility for named members to bring guests, however, guests cannot use the membership on their own without a named member being present.

When will I receive my membership card?

After you complete your membership purchase, your digital membership card will be sent to you via email. You can then download your card to your Apple Wallet or GPay for easy access. 

Is my membership reciprocal with other museums and science centers across the country?

At this time, we do not offer or honor reciprocal membership.

What if I have guests with me who are not covered for free by my membership?

If you have guests with you who are not covered by your membership,  you will be able to purchase tickets for them when you arrive at the Luminarium or you can reserve your member tickets and purchase additional tickets in advance here.

Is my Luminarium membership tax-deductible?

Yes, all memberships are 100% tax deductible.

How do I use my discount in the Cafe or Store?

To use your membership discount in the Cafe or Store, simply show your digital membership card at the time of your purchase.

Can I convert my general admission tickets to a membership when I visit?

We do not offer the opportunity to convert general admission tickets to a membership.

Event Rentals and Field Trips

Is it possible to rent out the Luminarium or one of your rooms for private events?

Yes! Please email us at [email protected] to inquire about private event rentals.

Can my school plan field trips to the Luminarium?

Yes! We are no longer accepting field trip requests for the school year 2023-24 or for Summer 2024. Requests for the 2024-25 school year will be accepted through our website starting in mid-August 2024. For general information or questions, please email [email protected]

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

For additional questions, please email us at [email protected] or complete our contact form to get in touch with a member of our team.