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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.  

  • IUPUI Museum Studies Portfolio Night

    May 4th, 2016
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    The 10th Annual IUPUI Museum Studies Portfolio Night

    IUPUI Museum Studies students will share highlights from their Master's degree E-portfolios. Please come support the newest members of the museum field.

    Museum Studies M.A. Candidates:
    > Kayla Al Ameri
    > Mickie Scott Anderson
    > Ryan Anderson
    > Emily Coleman
    > Jessica Fischer
    > Jamillah Gabriel
    > Tabitha Hubbard
    > Kathryn Keck
    > Emma Marston
    > Gessica Mathis
    > Elizabeth Nash
    > Katleyn Naum
    > Katherine Rieck
    > Nichole Shelling
    > Kate Scott
    > Victoria Stone
    > Amelia Whitehead

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  • 200 Objects Opening Reception

    May 5th, 2016
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Come celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, Indiana in 200 Objects. From the literal Bedrock of Indiana to a pair of Chuck Taylor's Chuck Taylors, Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration explores and celebrates the history, science and culture of the Hoosier state through 200 iconic and interesting objects.


    Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine at the event.

    > $35.00 for members; $45.00 for non-members

    Purchase tickets online at IN200Objects.eventbrite.com or indianamuseum.org or call 317.232.1637 by May 2, 2016. 

    *Indiana State Museum member tickets must be purchased online here or by calling 317.232.1637.

    Limited tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to develop high quality exhibitions and dynamic programming for visitors and school children across the state of Indiana.

    All sales are final and are considered donations to the Indiana State Museum Foundation.

    Thank you to our event partners:
    > Monarch Beverage
    > Sun King Brewing

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  • Towpath 5K/10K Dash, Fun Run and Walk

    May 14th, 2016
    8:00am - Noon
    Whitewater Canal

    Experience the rich history and breathtaking beauty of the Whitewater Valley for both 5K and 10K runners and walkers. All ages are invited to pre-register or sign up the day of the event.

    Register at whitewatercanaltrail.com or by contacting Anne Fairchild at afairchild@indianamuseum.org or 812.273.4531.

    In conjunction with the Whitewater Canal Trail, Inc.

    > $25 with t-shirt before April 25

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    May 14th, 2016
    1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    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.


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  • Bicentennial Expo

    Start: May 20, 2016
    10:00am
    End: May 21, 2016
    5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    It IS possible to experience the entire state of Indiana in a single day with a visit to the Indiana State Museum's Bicentennial Expo! 

    On May 20 and 21, the museum will be celebrating our state's 200th birthday by showcasing what makes our state great. From our state history to highlighting our accomplishments in culture, industry and agriculture, come see what Hoosier pride is all about. 

    Enjoy fun activities on the museum's front lawn, which will be filled with exhibitors from various state businesses, universities and organizations. 

    On Saturday, enjoy even more with your favorite Indiana food and don't forget all of the fun performances and activities happening inside the museum, including special bicentennial exhibitions. Come and celebrate the state's bicentennial at the museum that knows Indiana best.

    > FREE
    > If visiting the museum, admission prices apply

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  • Old French Open House and Reception

    May 20th, 2016
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Vincennes

    Celebrate the transfer of the Old French House to the Vincennes State Historic Site and Indiana State Museum. The program will involve presentations about the French history in Vincennes, French food of the time, and French music of the time. This program will also function as an open house and an opportunity to recruit new “friends group” members, display our yearly programs, and display our plans for the Old French House.

    > Donations appreciated

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  • 17th Annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut

    May 21st, 2016
    7:00am - 4:00pm
    T.C. Steele

    Judged plein air (outdoor) art contest, with an afternoon outdoor concert. Pre-registered artists create artwork –and visitors have the opportunity to observe the process of creation—outdoors. All work submitted for judging must be created the day of the contest. Food available for purchase along with an outdoor concert.

    > Early Bird Registration (April 1-April 30): $10 per adult; $9 per Friends member; $5 per child
    > Regular Registration (May 1-May 21): $15 per adult; $14 per Friends member; $10 per child
    > $2 parking for the general public

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  • Spring Tea

    May 21st, 2016
    Noon - 4:00pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter

    Experience the elegance of days gone by at our Spring Tea. Bring your mother, daughter or even grandmother and enjoy a much quieter time in the company of those you love. Enjoy lovingly-baked delicacies such as savory snacks and sweets, a variety of teas and a guest speaker. Before tea time, take a guided tour of Gene’s Cabin and formal gardens. If you choose to wear your “tea-time best” make sure your attire includes appropriate walking shoes. Festive hats are part of our tradition!

    > $25 per person; Reservations are required by May 13
    > 48 hours notice of cancellation required

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    May 28th, 2016
    1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    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.

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  • Candlelight Tour

    May 28th, 2016
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Vincennes

    Step back into old Vincennes with a candelight tour on Saturday evening of Memorial day weekend in conjunction with the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezous. Also join in the fun at the Redezvous Grand Ball at the Territory Capitol that evening. This is a free public program that allows visitors the opportunity to explore our site with information provided by costumed presenters.

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  • Diggin' IN Camp

    Start: May 31, 2016
    9:00am
    End: Jun 3, 2016
    3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum


    Put on your boots, get in the dirt and unearth Indiana's past. Be an archaeologist for the week and manage your own dig site. Get your hands messy while learning to surface collect, map sites and work with artifacts. Discover how people lived by studying the things they left behind.

    > Ages 8 - 13
    > $150 for members; $175 for non-members
    > Register by May 16, 2016. Call 317.232.1637 or click here. Advanced registration is required.

    Before and After Care: Pre-registration is required. Activities and games will be provided. Before Care is from 8 - 9 a.m. and costs $20/week. After Care is from 3 - 5 p.m. and costs $35 per week. Combined Before and After Care costs $55 per week.

    Lunch/Snacks: Campers should bring their own non-refrigerated lunches and two snacks.

    Sibling Discount: $5 additional discount for siblings attending the same camp. First child in family pays full price. Additional children receive $5 off. All applications must be mailed together.

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  • Throwback Thursday Summer Lecture Series

    Jun 2nd, 2016
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion

    Join speakers Steve Wiser, Greg Sekula and David Barksdale as they engage audiences in three discussions titled Historic Houses of New Harmony, Banes Brothers and Architecture.

    > Free with accepted donations
    > Light refreshments will be provided
    > A $5 discounted tour will be offered following each lecture
    > Please register in advance by calling 812.944.9600

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