Code of Conduct

The Lincoln Children’s Museum Code of Conduct 

The Lincoln Children’s Museum (the “museum”) is our community’s place to play! We welcome and serve all families in a safe and inclusive environment. The health, safety, and well-being of all who come through our doors is a top priority. The museum expects everyone to abide by the letter and spirit of all its rules and guidelines.

This Code of Conduct covers the museum’s commitment to its visitors and its expectations of conduct for all persons on museum property.

We expect all visitors to . . .

Be welcoming – The museum is committed to diversity and inclusion. We value and respect our diverse guests, volunteers, and staff, and expect the same from our guests.

Be courteous – Please refrain from running, screaming, or engaging in generally disruptive behavior. Please refrain from climbing, sitting, or standing on railings or barricades.  Respect museum exhibits and facilities, and the experiences of other visitors. Courteous, respectful behavior is expected of everyone. Please follow posted signs and instructions from museum staff.

Children only! – The museum is designed for children under age 12 to play. All children must be accompanied by someone age 16 or older. Children should not be left unattended.

Dress appropriately for fun and safety – Shoes and shirts are required for all guests visiting the museum.

Respect each other’s privacy – Any videos, photographs, or recordings taken on museum property should be for private, noncommercial use only. No photography is permitted of children or families who are not part of your personal group.

The following is a non-exclusive list of prohibited conduct: 

Engaging in any of the behaviors listed below may result in one’s removal from the museum with no refund. The museum may also contact the authorities.

  1. Offensive, abusive, or threatening language or behavior towards other guests and/or museum staff.
  2. Any behavior that compromises one’s own safety or that of others (e.g., running, climbing, etc.).
  3. Fighting, provoking a fight, or engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct.
  4. Tampering with, defacing, damaging, destroying and/or removing any museum property, including exhibit components and/or artifacts.
  5. Use of hate language or symbolism, including expressions targeted at race, nationality, gender identity, sexuality, religion, age, education, or physicality. This includes wearing or otherwise displaying profane, obscene, or injurious language, text, or graphics on clothing or elsewhere on one’s person. Profanity is prohibited.
  6. Unauthorized distribution of pamphlets or any other literature.
  7. Intentionally interfering with or preventing the execution of duties by museum staff.
  8. Gambling, selling, soliciting, or campaigning.
  9. Indecent exposure, or sexual acts or behavior.
  10. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) or tobacco use on museum premises and within 15 feet of museum entrances.
  11. Eating and/or drinking in exhibits or other designated prohibited areas.
  12. Any other behavior determined by museum staff to threaten the safety of guests, staff and/or property.
  13. Bringing any prohibited items (listed below).

Prohibited items:

  • Firearms (law enforcement personnel excepted)
  • Weapons, including knives, pepper spray, and stun guns/tasers
  • Toy guns
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Hazardous materials of any kind
  • Explosives, including fireworks
  • Segways or similar devices, except as needed for mobility for persons with disabilities
  • Drones
  • Hoverboards
  • Skates or shoes with wheels
  • Tripods and other professional photography equipment (without prior museum approval)
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Any other items deemed by museum staff to be dangerous or inappropriate in a public setting

Waiver of Liability
By entering the museum, you agree, on behalf of yourself and any minor children accompanying you, to voluntarily assume all risk, including the risk of personal injury (including death) or illness, the risk of exposure to communicable diseases including COVID-19, or the risk of lost, stolen, or damaged property, arising from or related to your entry into the museum and participation in any activities on museum property. In addition, you agree that the museum will not be responsible for any such injury or illnesses, property damage, or other loss, and the museum is released and discharged from such liability to the fullest extent of the law.

Policy additions and changes
The museum reserves the right to add, withdraw, or otherwise modify these terms and other policies at any time in its sole discretion.

The museum reserves the right to refuse admission, revoke membership, control occupancy, or eject any person whose behavior is deemed by management to be disorderly or fails to comply with this Code of Conduct or other museum policy.