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.
Free activities and family fun are on the menu for Wednesday nights on the canal at the Indiana State Museum. Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights on the canal side of the museum for games, art, science and fun! Express your artistic side by painting on our community mural, exercise your competitive side on game night or discover the science of bubbles through wacky water experiments. Each Wednesday offers a different kind of hands-on experience.
Wednesday, June 1: Game Night
Wednesday, June 8: Science Night
Wednesday, June 15: Art Night
Wednesday, June 22: Game Night
Wednesday, June 29: Science Night
Wednesday, July 6: Art Night
Wednesday, July 13: Game Night
Wednesday, July 20: Science Night
Wednesday, July 27: Art Night
Wednesday, August 3: Game Night
For more information, call 317.232.1637. All activities will take place along the canal or in the O'Bannon Great Hall.
You can also join our partners at the Eiteljorg Museum on Wednesday nights for even more fun!
Learn about Indiana’s natural history with this nine week course in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Purdue Extension and Soil & Water Conservation. Students will hear from experts on eight different topics such as trees, birds, ecology and wildflowers. For more information on the Indiana Master Naturalist program, visit www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/6321.htm or call the Site.
> $80 per person for class, field guides, test and certification
> Reservations required by June 22; Space is limited
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.
End your summer with a bang! Literally. Camp Reunion Overnight features fireworks, games, movies on the big screen, a weenie road and s'more! Exclusively for 2016 participants, this is one evening of comradery and reminiscing campers won't want to miss. Must bring own pillows and sleep gear for this rare opportunity to spend a night at the museum.
Find a new treasure or perfect gift at the Memorial Society’s fundraiser to support educational programming and restoration projects at the Site. Contact us about renting space or donating items. This event is part of the Rome City town-wide garage sale weekend.
Join us to celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday with Chautauqua Day! Festival activities include tasty food made with herbs from Gene’s garden, birthday cake, live music and other entertainment. Guests can also watch artisans at work, get an up-close look at classic automobiles and browse hand-crafted items from local vendors. Families will find crafts and games as well. An afternoon filled with family fun, learning and more.
>$5 per person
(does not include cabin tour)
The treasury funds for the new state of Indiana have gone missing! As Corydon’s most important figures gather for a dinner to celebrate the recent election of Jonathan Jennings, tensions are high and fingers are quick to point the blame. When someone ends up dead at the party, who will be guilty party?
> $25 per person
Enjoy a presentation on chimney swifts in the Limberlost SHS Visitor Center classroom, and then walk downtown to watch swifts enter a chimney to roost for the night.
> Free; donations encouraged
Meet us at the old grist mill porch for great homespun music in the fresh air. Everyone is welcome to come and play or watch. You can sing, clap your hands, shake your tambourine (or anything else).
Sponsored by Metamora Performing Arts Inc.
With every adult or senior admission, children’s admissions will be $1 each or half price to ride the Ben Franklin III.
Relax to a unique blend of western swing, hot jazz and folk music by the band Small Time Napoleon on the mansion’s north lawn, one of the most beautiful settings in Madison! Bring lawn chairs and blankets; picnic baskets are welcome.
This concert series is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Addition sponsors are the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art and the River Terrace Health Campus.
> Free; donations encouraged
Guests will enjoy Indiana wines and craft beers while watching fun vintage film shorts shown on a movie projector by film historian Eric Larson in the Limberlost Visitor Center classroom. Birthday cake in honor of Gene Stratton-Porter’s birth month will also be available.
> $15 per person
> Adults 21+
Volunteer musicians gather on the site to play a variety of bluegrass, gospel, and folk music. Bring an instrument and join the musicians, or bring a lawn chair and sit back and enjoy the tunes.
> Free (donations encouraged)
Designed for home school academies.
Parents and children will move through learning stations that teach participants academic subject matter in a hands-on, interactive method.
Call the site for details on the academic area selected for this year’s event.
Pack a lunch and eat on the grounds.
> $5 per person
Call 260.368.7248 for more details.