Indianapolis Children’s Museum History
The Indianapolis Children’s Museum knows you don’t stop being a kid just because you grow up. Whether you’re six or sixty, you’ll find much to enchant, amaze and educate among the museum’s hundreds of permanent and rotating exhibits. Get to know Anne Frank and Ryan White and learn how a child can change the world. Design a new look for one of the world’s great fashion icons as Barbie’s stylist. Meet the newest fossil on display in the Dinosphere: the 65 million year old Dracorex hogwartsia who looks just like the dragons in the Harry Potter books. You can save money on admission to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum with one of the family-friendly discounts listed below.
Brief History of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
From its inception in 19925, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum has been unique among youth arts institutions for its emphasis on social themes. The original collection, exhibited in a small carriage house, consisted of family mementos and treasures solicited from parents and grandparents by children living in the city’s many ethnic neighborhoods.
The museum moved four times before ground was broken on its current location in 1973. By the time building was finished three years later, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum was the largest children’s museum in the world.
Indianapolis Children’s Museum Attractions
The Indianapolis Children’s Museum is one of the 20 most-visited museums in the United States, attracting more than one million visitors annually. Interactive presentations cover every subject from A (Archeology: the What If exhibit and its authentic recreation of an Egyptian pyramid) to Z (Zoology: the saurian anamitrons of the Dinosphere.) The museum sports a planetarium, a working locomotive, an antique merry-go-round, a log cabin and a 310-seat large-format theater called the Cinedome.
There’s always something new to see at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum as traveling installations from around the world mix with familiar favorites from the permanent collection of over 105,000 toys, dollhouses and artifacts. Among the more popular:
- A four story blown-glass sculpture by artist Dale Chihuly entitled “Fireworks of Glass”
- Science Works, an installation that allows children to explore natural and physical science through hands-on activities like building toy boats or performing experiments in a kid-friendly biotech laboratory
- Story Avenue: an interactive look at the oral storytelling traditions of African American communities
Visitor Information for the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
The Indianapolis Children’s Museum is located just north of downtown Indianapolis, at the corner of 30th and North Meridian Streets. The facility is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sunday, Sep. 8, 2009 through Feb. 28, 2010, and closed Mondays; from March 1 to the day before Labor Day, it is open seven days a week.
For adults between the ages of 18 and 59, admission is $15.50; seniors get a discount of one dollar. Admission for children between the ages of two and 18 is $10.50. Parking is free.
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Special Coupons and Discounts for the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
Free Admission: Admission to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is free on Presidents Day, El Dia de Los Niños, Christmas Eve (10 a.m.– 2 p.m.), and Martin Luther King Day. Additionally, families are admitted free between 4 p.m and 8 p.m on the first Thursday of every month and group discounts for groups of 20 or more receive a 20% discount. Advance reservations are required.
Discount coupons are usually available for guests of nearby hotels. Ask your concierge for information. Additionally, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is part of discount vacation deals available through Marriott, Holiday Inns, Crowne Plaza and Homewood Suites.
American Automobile Association discounts are available at Central Indiana AAA locations.