Calendar

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.  

  • Girl Scout Junior Badge Day

    Jan 21st, 2017
    10:00am - 3:30pm
    Indiana State Museum

    One day dedicated to 2 Junior Girl Scout Badges:
    Detective and Playing the Past. Each 2 hour workshop will allow Junior Girl Scouts to complete 5 activities per badge.

    Detective Badge
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    -Practice the power of observation
    -Communicate in code
    -Fingerprint for fun
    -Try out detective science
    -Follow the clues to solve a real mystery

    Playing the Past
    1:30-3:30 p.m.
    -Decide who you are
    -Create a costume
    -Experience daily life
    -Have some old-fashioned fun
    -Become your character

    Girl Scouts may register for just one workshop or make a day of it and register for both.

    Space is limited. Call 317.232.1637 to register.

    > $8 per Girl Scout and $1 per Girl Scout adult for one workshop; $14 per Girl Scout and $2 per Girl Scout adult for both workshops

     

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Mineral¬†Identification

    Jan 21st, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Mineral Identification
    1 to 2 p.m.

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    Jan 21st, 2017
    1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Don’t just visit the museum, invade it. Wear practical shoes—they’re the only practical thing on the 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. Museum INvasion tours are intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up. 

    To reserve your spot on this INvasion tour, please call 317.232.1637. Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. 

    Scheduled group tours are also available. Tours are $150 with a maximum of 10 people per group. To book a group tour, contact 317.232.1637. 

    > Admission: $10 for members; $20 for non-members [price includes museum admission]

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Mineral¬†Identification

    Jan 22nd, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Mineral Identification
    1 to 2 p.m.

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?

    Jan 23rd, 2017
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?
    10 to 11 a.m. 

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?

    Jan 24th, 2017
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?
    10 to 11 a.m. 

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?

    Jan 25th, 2017
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?
    10 to 11 a.m. 

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?

    Jan 27th, 2017
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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  • Family Night Out: Art & Play

    Jan 27th, 2017
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Discover what you can see, make and do at Indiana State Museum’s Family Night Out! Make “action paintings” from movement, create kinetic sculptures and challenge yourself to a game of eye spy! Come join us and spark your family’s creativity.

    Activities include:
    Imagination Playground
    : Let your imagination run wild as you use large building blocks to create cities, cars, flowers…the sky is the limit!

    Art Carts: Write a kind message on a clothespin to give to a friend or family member, or leave it on the line at the Art Cart to share a kind message with the world.

    Foam Square Mosaics: Use small, brightly-colored foam squares to create your own beautiful mosaics.

    Balloon Pit: We welcome our youngest visitors to play in the balloon pit. Children five and under have a quiet space to play with large balloons safely.

    Sensory Bins: Will you be a budding Robert Indiana with cookie cutter letters? Or will you be a baker preparing trays of cookies? Visitors can explore the sensory bins and see what they can find, and what kinds of imaginative play they create.

    Shadow Theater: We bring the light, you bring the action. Create shadows for art, create shadows for play; no matter what shadows you create, it’s your stage.

    Kinetic Sculptures: Looking around the Indiana State Museum, you might see some sculptures that move when the wind blows. Now it’s your turn to create a moving sculpture using materials like foam shapes, feathers, beads, and wooden rods!

    Nature-Inspired Paintings: Join us in the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab as we listen to sounds from nature and paint what inspires us about what we hear and see. Use watercolors to create your own natural landscapes, paint new animals, or design new natural worlds.

    Blow Painting: Use the power of your breath to create works of art. Drop paint onto the page and then blow on it with a straw to get the paint to travel across the paper.

    > FREE and open to the public
    > $5 parking vouchers will be available for the White River State Park underground parking garage
    > Activities will take place in the 1st Floor Galleries, the Gov. Frank & Judy O'Bannon Great Hall and Legacy Theater 

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?

    Jan 28th, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?
    1 to 2 p.m.

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    Jan 29th, 2017
    1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Don’t just visit the museum, invade it. Wear practical shoes—they’re the only practical thing on the 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. Museum INvasion tours are intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up. 

    To reserve your spot on this INvasion tour, please call 317.232.1637. Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. 

    Scheduled group tours are also available. Tours are $150 with a maximum of 10 people per group. To book a group tour, contact 317.232.1637. 

    > Admission: $10 for members; $20 for non-members [price includes museum admission]

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?

    Jan 29th, 2017
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Where Did it Come From?
    3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Ice Age Animals

    Jan 30th, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Ice Age Animals
    1 to 2 p.m.

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  • Gallery Demonstration: Ice Age Animals

    Jan 31st, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Gallery Demonstration: Ice Age Animals
    1 to 2 p.m.

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  • Benevolence Ball

    Feb 4th, 2017
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Celebrate one of New Albany’s most influential citizens as we honor William Culbertson’s legacy of philanthropy with an evening of highbrow entertainment. Featuring a salon style musical performance and elegant hospitality, guests will witness the presentation of the Benevolence Award, given each year to a citizen of New Albany in recognition of service to the community.

    > $40 per person, $75 per couple

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    Feb 5th, 2017
    1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Don’t just visit the museum, invade it. Wear practical shoes—they’re the only practical thing on the 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. Museum INvasion tours are intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up. 

    To reserve your spot on this INvasion tour, please call 317.232.1637. Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. 

    Scheduled group tours are also available. Tours are $150 with a maximum of 10 people per group. To book a group tour, contact 317.232.1637. 

    > Admission: $10 for members; $20 for non-members [price includes museum admission]

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  • Homeschool Tuesday: Levi & Catharine Coffin

    Feb 7th, 2017
    11:30am - 1:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    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 

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  • Valentine's Cabaret

    Feb 10th, 2017
    9:30am - 10:15am
    Indiana State Museum

    Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Valentine’s Cabaret. 

    Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat!

    > $13
    > Children under two: free
    > Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)

    To buy tickets online, click here.

    For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.

    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.

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  • Valentine's Cabaret

    Feb 10th, 2017
    11:00am - 11:45am
    Indiana State Museum

    Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Valentine’s Cabaret. 

    Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat!

    > $13
    > Children under two: free
    > Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)

    To buy tickets online, click here.

    For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.

    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.

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  • 14th Annual Indiana Art Fair

    Feb 11th, 2017
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Indiana Art Fair
    Sat., Feb. 11 and Sun., Feb. 12, 2017

    Saturday; members only lounge with breakfast treat 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Open to the public Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    The Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum returns to celebrate its 14th year of showcasing art made right here in the Hoosier state. Enjoy an array of fine art and crafts by more than 60 artists, all without leaving the warmth of the museum. Whether you like contemporary or traditional, art that is wearable and functional, or pieces for display in your home, these amazing artists have what you are looking for. Not only will you be supporting talented local and statewide artists, but also the Indiana State Museum, as proceeds help fund both public and school programs.
    This program is supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis. This program is presented by Old National Bank.

    > Included with museum admission
    > Free for museum members 

    Join us in the Member Lounge on Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Members will receive a special look at the museum’s collection of unique art-related pieces from textiles to wood objects, meet with museum staff to learn about the collection and enjoy a breakfast treat.
    Member Lounge is located inside the Oscar C. McCulloch School #5 on Level 2

    2017 Indiana Art Fair Artist Letter
    2017 Indiana Art Fair Artist Application

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  • Valentine's Cabaret

    Feb 11th, 2017
    10:30am - 11:15am
    Indiana State Museum

    Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Valentine’s Cabaret. 

    Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat!

    > $13
    > Children under two: free
    > Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)

    To buy tickets online, click here.

    For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.

    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.

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  • Valentine's Cabaret

    Feb 11th, 2017
    1:00pm - 1:45pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Valentine’s Cabaret. 

    Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat!

    > $13
    > Children under two: free
    > Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)

    To buy tickets online, click here.

    For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.

    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.

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  • 14th Annual Indiana Art Fair

    Feb 12th, 2017
    11:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Indiana Art Fair
    Sat., Feb. 11 and Sun., Feb. 12, 2017

    Saturday; members only lounge with breakfast treat 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Open to the public Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    The Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum returns to celebrate its 14th year of showcasing art made right here in the Hoosier state. Enjoy an array of fine art and crafts by more than 60 artists, all without leaving the warmth of the museum. Whether you like contemporary or traditional, art that is wearable and functional, or pieces for display in your home, these amazing artists have what you are looking for. Not only will you be supporting talented local and statewide artists, but also the Indiana State Museum, as proceeds help fund both public and school programs.
    This program is supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis. This program is presented by Old National Bank.

    > Included with museum admission
    > Free for museum members 

    2017 Indiana Art Fair Artist Letter
    2017 Indiana Art Fair Artist Application

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  • Valentine's Cabaret

    Feb 12th, 2017
    1:00pm - 1:45pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Valentine’s Cabaret. 

    Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat!

    > $13
    > Children under two: free
    > Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)

    To buy tickets online, click here.

    For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.

    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.

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  • Valentine's Cabaret

    Feb 13th, 2017
    9:30am - 10:15am
    Indiana State Museum

    Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Valentine’s Cabaret. 

    Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat!

    > $13
    > Children under two: free
    > Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)

    To buy tickets online, click here.

    For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.

    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.

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  • Valentine's Cabaret

    Feb 13th, 2017
    11:00am - 11:45am
    Indiana State Museum

    Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Valentine’s Cabaret. 

    Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat!

    > $13
    > Children under two: free
    > Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)

    To buy tickets online, click here.

    For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.

    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.

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  • Valentine's Cabaret

    Feb 14th, 2017
    9:30am - 10:15am
    Indiana State Museum

    Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Valentine’s Cabaret. 

    Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat!

    > $13
    > Children under two: free
    > Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)

    To buy tickets online, click here.

    For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.

    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.

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  • Valentine's Cabaret

    Feb 14th, 2017
    11:00am - 11:45am
    Indiana State Museum

    Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Valentine’s Cabaret. 

    Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat!

    > $13
    > Children under two: free
    > Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)

    To buy tickets online, click here.

    For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.

    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.

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  • GeoFest: The 15th Annual Indiana State Museum Fossil, Gem and Mineral Show

    Feb 17th, 2017
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    GeoFest
    Fri., Feb. 17 and Sat., Feb. 18; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sun., Feb. 19; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    GeoFest “rocks” the Indiana State Museum as experts and vendors from all over the country come to the museum with fossils, rocks, minerals, jewelry and more! Shop for your own unique geo-treasure and meet experts from throughout Indiana. Explore the museum's natural history galleries, enjoy hands-on geology activities and win geo-prizes.
    This program is supported by IMI, Inc.

    Activities include: Salem Microfossils, Rockin’ Through the Layers, Name That Fossil, Make a Crystalline Structure, Can You Outrun an Ice Age Animal?, Make Your Own Geode, Will it Crumble? - Earthquake Challenge, Rocks and Minerals in Everyday Life, Make Your Own Jewelry and GeoFest Trivia

    > Included with museum admission 

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  • GeoFest: The 15th Annual Indiana State Museum Fossil, Gem and Mineral Show

    Feb 18th, 2017
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    GeoFest
    Fri., Feb. 17 and Sat., Feb. 18; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sun., Feb. 19; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    GeoFest “rocks” the Indiana State Museum as experts and vendors from all over the country come to the museum with fossils, rocks, minerals, jewelry and more! Shop for your own unique geo-treasure and meet experts from throughout Indiana. Explore the museum's natural history galleries, enjoy hands-on geology activities and win geo-prizes.
    This program is supported by IMI, Inc.

    Activites include: Webelos Earth Rocks Adventure for Cub Scouts, Make a Crystalline Structure, Name That Fossil, Can You Outrun an Ice Age Animal?, Paleontology Puzzle, Make Your Own Geode, Rocks and Minerals in Everyday Life, Make Your Own Jewelry, Mastodon Floor Puzzle and GeoFest Trivia

    > Included with museum admission 
     

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  • GeoFest: The 15th Annual Indiana State Museum Fossil, Gem and Mineral Show

    Feb 19th, 2017
    11:00am - 4:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    GeoFest
    Fri., Feb. 17 and Sat., Feb. 18; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sun., Feb. 19; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    GeoFest “rocks” the Indiana State Museum as experts and vendors from all over the country come to the museum with fossils, rocks, minerals, jewelry and more! Shop for your own unique geo-treasure and meet experts from throughout Indiana. Explore the museum's natural history galleries, enjoy hands-on geology activities and win geo-prizes.
    This program is supported by IMI, Inc.

    > Included with museum admission 

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