Experience the best of Indiana, all over the state, by participating in our events and programs. Choose a category or date to find something specific or browse the calendar to encounter something new.
This driving tour is of artists’ studios in Brown County throughout the entire month of October. Visitors can see artists at work in their studios and interact with individual artists. This year’s visiting artists are members of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association. Check www.tcsteele.org for schedule of artist demonstrations.
> $6.50 per adult; $5 per senior; $3 per child
Includes admission to corn maze, museum, and guided hayride tour, plus $2 for add-on activities – corn husk dolls, archery, and/or ancient foods.
Wander the twisted tangles and master the maze at the area’s corniest attraction! Enjoyable for young and old alike, experience a real live interactive puzzle at Angel Mounds. Roam the paths and seek out the maze guardians, collecting stamps along the away and enter to win a special prize.
> $5 per student
Gallery Demonstration: What is That?
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
> $3 per person
Have you ever walked into a home and immediately fell in love with the colors, décor, layout? What drew you in? The floors? Open-concept? Placement of furniture? Whatever is was that intrigued you, chances are great interior design and staging were involved. Come hear perspectives from top professionals in the real estate industry including a local real estate investor, real estate broker, home stager, and interior designer as they share the secrets of leveraging the power of great design and home staging to buy and sell real estate.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their business card for entry into a drawing to win $100 Pier 1 gift card!
> Attendees can park in the State Museum garage, $5 parking validation will be given
> $3 per student
Take a walking tour of four supposedly haunted locations in Madison as described in the book Ghosts of Madison, Indiana by Virginia Jorgensen. A costumed guide will begin with a tour inside the Lanier Mansion and hear some of the stories related to the house. Then they will walk to three locations and hear stories about them from the outside only. The last stop will be at the Broadway Tavern, which is supposedly haunted, and those attending the tour can buy a drink if they like.
> $15 per adult, $7 per child
The community is invited to Barnes and Noble, located at 624 S. Green River Road in Evansville, Ind., to support Angel Mounds State Historic Site by participating in a book fair.
A percentage of all sales will be donated to Angel Mounds and includes purchases from the Bistro.
If unable attend the in-store event, online purchases may be made at BarnesandNoble.com between 10/29 and 11/4 will also benefit Angel Mounds, using Bookfair ID 11958931.
For more information, please visit the Barnes and Noble website.
Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents The Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio.
To buy tickets online, click here.
For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.com.
Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio discount:
Receive $2 off museum admission with the purchase of a full-priced Peewinkle’s ticket on the same day. Not available online.
El Dia de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead – is a traditional Mexican holiday with ancient ties to the Aztecs. It is viewed as a time when souls of those who have died rejoin their families to rejoice together. Unlike Halloween, this celebrations honors the lives of the deceased and celebrates the continuation of life with a belief that death is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in existence. The museum gives visitors a chance to learn about the traditions and history behind Los Dias de los Muertos, and to participate in the celebration. Visitors can join in hands-on activities, learn about altar (ofrenda) building and enjoy lively performances.
Girl Scouts must register with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana NOT with the Indiana State Museum to receive special pricing. Those who do not register with the Girl Scouts will have to pay regular admission. To register, Girl Scouts should contact Kendra Nowell at 1.877.474.2248.
For more information, call 317.232.1637.
> The event is free and open to the public
> Admission to museum galleries requires a ticket purchase
> Girl Scouts get the special rate of $4
Gallery Demonstration: What is That?
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Join us for a lantern guided walk of haunted downtown Corydon. You’ll hear forgotten tales of Corydon’s frightening past and the ghosts that linger. No video cameras allowed on ghost tour.
> $15 per adult per tour
After the trick-or-treating has ended and the little ones have left, the corn maze at Angel Mounds State Historic Site will become a field of terror for one truly terrifying night! One of Evansville’s newest haunts will terrorize those brave enough to get lost in the maize after dark.
> $6 per person
Gallery Demonstration: What is That?
1 to 2 p.m.
Check out the works of art created by members of the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site. The show’s theme is taken from one of Steele’s quotes which will change every year. This multi-media exhibit in Steele’s Large Studio features paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and other fine crafts. Artists who wish to participate should contact the site at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812.988.2785.
> Included with tour admission
Celebrate Indiana veterans and active duty military personnel during Heroes from the Heartland. See a photo mural of Hoosier veterans and the Indiana National Guard Youth Council's Thank You Indiana Banner. Participate in demonstrations related to Indiana's contributions to American military history or write a letter to thank a veteran or soldier.
Visitors are invited to bring a canned food to donate to a food drive for Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation from Nov. 1 through Nov. 11.
Admission is free for veterans and active military from Nov. 1 through Nov. 11.
Certain Tuesdays of each month are reserved for home-education programming. Individual registrations are accepted from independent homeschool educators for the monthly programs listed below. Homeschool co-ops with a minimum number of student participants may schedule a program of their choice on an alternate date. Call 317.232.1637 to register.
> Sept. 6, 2016 - Underground Railroad
> Sept. 20, 2016 - Indiana and the Civil War
> Oct. 4, 2016 - Liar's Bench
> Oct. 18, 2016 - Day of the Dead
> Nov. 1, 2016 - Rocks & Minerals
> Nov. 15, 2016 - Pioneer Indiana
> Dec. 6, 2016 - Shake It Out
> Jan. 17, 2017 - Wild Indiana
> Feb. 7, 2017 - Levi & Catharine Coffin (Educational Theater)
> Feb. 21, 2017 - Ice Age Animals
> March 7, 2017 - Science of Sports
> March 21, 2017 - On Expedition: Observing the Natural World
> April 4, 2017 - Reptile Theater
> April 18, 2017 - Crime Scene Investigators: The Science Behind the Mystery
> May 16, 2017 - Earth/Sky
Discover the rich history of Indiana’s first city, Vincennes. Historian Richard Day and guest presenters engage participants in weekly sessions about topics of Vincennes history from prehistoric days to the present.
> $75 per Adult
The Capitol turns 200!
Join us for a reenactment of Governor Jennings’ inaugural address and a special tour of the building. We will be explore the construction of the building itself, as well as looking back on Indiana’s place in the nation and role in the presidential campaign when statehood was achieved two centuries ago.
> FREE admission, donations are encouraged
The public is invited to the annual Native American Fine Art Show and Sale November 5 and 6 at Angel Mounds State Historic Site, located at 8215 Pollack Ave. in Evansville, Ind. An opening night reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.
Visit Fort Knox II to commemorate Harrison's muster of troops prior to the Prophetstown campaign and Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Enjoy interactive events, more than 150 period re-enactors of the war of 1812, demonstrations, skits, merchandise and food.
> $5 per vehicle
Join us for an evening of intrigue with actor David McDaniel as Sherlock Holmes, introduced by Dr. Dan Murphy. Books available for sale by Village Lights Bookstore. This event is made possible by Indiana Humanities.
For details, contact email@example.com or 812.273.4531.
> In the double parlors of the Lanier Mansion
> Doors open at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m.
> $5 per person; RSVP recommended
Take a night trail hike. Enjoy a wildlife presentation. Listen to animal stories told around a campfire. Participate in the Firelight Theater Variety Show. Finish off a night of nocturnal adventure with a marshmallow roast.
> $4 per adult, $3 per child
> $5 per vehicle
Indiana Veterans and their families are invited to participate in art-making workshops with board certified art therapist Kristi Gmutza of Art of the Soul Studio.
Enjoy a family-friendly session in the morning where kids are welcome or attend the afternoon session for vets and their adult caregivers/spouses only.
Discover your inner artist as you focus your hearts and minds and bond with loved ones.
All sessions are free. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation. Pre-registration encouraged, but not required. Walk-ins welcome.
To register, please call 317.232.1637.
12:30 to 2 p.m. (Kid-friendly session)
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Adults only session)
Admission: Free to Indiana Veterans and their families
Celebration of song and dance featuring the culturally rich diversity of people who call Indiana home.
From a Native American singer who will honor those who first called Indiana home to Irish step dancers representing one of the many waves of 19th century immigrants to reach Indiana, this event seeks to build cultural bridges through the universal languages of music, song, and dance.
Sing, clap, and chant along with the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus as they are joined on stage by other performers who will help the audience revel in the diversity of Indiana through German song, Jewish music, African American gospel, as well as the sounds of recent immigrants such as Latinos, Indians, and West Africans.
Visual images and narration will further root the event in Indiana’s diverse cultural history before everyone performs “Back Home Again in Indiana” together in a beautiful melding of the sounds of our homes.
Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested.
Presented by The Alan & Linda Cohen Center for Jewish Learning & Living at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis Women's Chorus, and Indiana State Museum.
Member Art Show and Opening Reception
> 6 p.m.
Enjoy a day at the Indiana State Museum with your family while getting a chance to see what the museum has that is new and improved! Get a chance to see our newest core galleries, visit our bicentennial exhibitions and see what great programming we have planned for you and your students.
Receive free materials from various state agencies that can help you teach about Indiana topics. Meet museum curators and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour. Plus, lunch is on us for you and your family!
We wish to give our state's teachers some special treatment, but space is limited. We can't wait to meet you and show you how we are your Indiana State Museum.
> This event is free for K-12 Indiana educators. Pre-registration via Eventbrite is required. Maximum number in attendance will be 400.
> Educator family members will receive group admission rates:
ADULT (18-59) - $9.75
SENIOR - $9
CHILD (ages 3-17) - $6.50
CHILD UNDER 3 - Free
Don't just visit the museum, INvade it. Wear practical shoes - they're the only thing practical about this tour. From the odd to the shocking to the just plain eye-opening, a Museum INvasion tour turns the traditional museum experience on its head.
INvasion tours are meant to give the back story of artifacts on display in an entertaining and intimate tour setting.
Intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up.
Museum INvasion Tours are $10 for members; $20 for non-members. Includes museum admission.
To reserve your spot on this INvasion tour, call 317.232.1637. Walk-ins are welcome - while space remains.
Scheduled group tours are also available:
Tours are $150 with a maximum of 10 people per group. To book a group tour, call 317.232.1637.
The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.