Teachers - Visit us at no cost.

Take advantage of free admission to explore the Indiana State Museum.

The Indiana State Museum is a great resource for educators and students when learning all there is to know about the Hoosier state. Whether it is through a free field trip experience for all students or classroom learning, our core galleries, special exhibitions and programming complement the subjects for cultural history, natural history, science, art and more. All programs are designed to meet select Indiana Academic Standards. See Fred the mastodon, view objects related to Abraham Lincoln, explore the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab or meet Levi Coffin. Delve into Indiana’s past through our collections, performances and events. Let the Indiana State Museum help to make Indiana come alive for your students.

All Indiana K-12 teachers receive free admission to the Indiana State Museum year-round with valid school identification. Come and see what we have to offer.








Plan Your Field Trip



Admission to the Indiana State Museum is free for Indiana K-12 students attending with a pre-scheduled, chaperoned school group or Indiana homeschool groups of 10 or more. Free admission includes teachers and chaperones at a ratio of one teacher or chaperone for every five students. Additional chaperones pay $9.75 per person. After school groups and out-of-state school groups are not eligible for free admission, but may qualify for a group visit rate. Please call 317.232.1637 to discuss your group visit to the Indiana State Museum.

Learn more about what there is to see and do in our K-12 Education Program Guide.  This guide will answer further questions about what programs are available a the Indiana State Museum and the State Historic Sites for the 2014 - 2015 school year.

Please note that the museum is currently redesigning two areas of our galleries to create a larger, more dynamic Natural Regions gallery and more in-depth exploration of the pioneer experience in Indiana. During this process, most of the galleries remain open, however, please be aware that during your visit, the current Natural Regions, European contact and Nineteenth State areas may be closed.

Limited grant funding is available for K-12 students in Indiana to experience an educational film in the IMAX Theater® at the Indiana State Museum for free or at reduced cost provided by a grant through the Ruth Lilly Needs-Based Fund. For information regarding eligibility and to download an application, click here.

IMAX Application

Questions regarding booking a field trip can be directed to Sarah Rapp-Johnson, School Group Liaison, at 317.233.8958 or at


Where to Go and What to Do:

Calendar of Events at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Book a School Field Trip

Contribute to the Free Field Trip Fund

For more information about the State Historic Sites, visit:

Angel Mounds

Corydon Capitol

Culbertson Mansion

Lanier Mansion

Levi Coffin House

New Harmony

Gene Stratton Porter Cabin


T.C. Steele


Whitewater Canal


 When you are ready to make your reservation, contact our Guest Services Call Center at 317.232.1637.


Free Field Trips are made possible by:






The Kroger Co.
Citizens Energy Group
Indianapolis Power & Light 
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana 
Key Bank
TCU Foundation
Olive B. Cole Foundation





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Contact Us


Want to learn more about how the Indiana State Museum
can assist your classroom curriculum? Whether it is assisting with a lesson on Indiana fossils or helping to provide a better educational experience while visiting our galleries, we are here to  help!


Contact one of the following:


Joanna Hahn
Manager of School Programs



Katherine Creagh
School Programs Developer







The Indiana State Museum makes learning about history, science and art fun. Educational programs can be focused on a particular topic, like a workshop, or broad, like a festival. Find the program that works best for your students and curriculum.





Outreach programs cover a wide range of topics and can be tailored to fit individual needs of educators. The best part is that we can come to any organization within the state of Indiana.


To book a program, please contact David McDaniel at or at 317.509.8684. 


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From lesson plans and classroom resources to interactive workshops, theater performances and student festivals in the museum, we offer a variety of ways to enhance the homeschool experience — for both home educators and students. Help your homeschool students discover all the intriguing aspects of Indiana’s art, science and culture using resources we’ve prepared.

All of our programs and classroom resources include activities that you can adapt to fit your group size. Additionally, we’ve designed all of our activities to encourage students to use deductive reasoning, thinking and inquiry skills. 

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Gallery Resources


The Indiana State Museum is constantly creating new resources to complement any visit to our galleries, both permanent and special exhibition. Certain resources can also be used in the classroom to prepare your students for a visit to our museum. Explore topics through our lesson plans, learn more about the museum and what there is to see with our Gallery Resource Guides or perhaps you wish to challenge your students with questions and activities in the gallery. It is all here!
And don’t forget – we always having something new and interactive to see in our galleries! Daily demonstrations and performances help to bring our exhibitions alive through historical interpreters and touchable artifacts. Make sure to check out our “Today at the Museum” signs when you visit.



Educator Enrichment


Throughout the year, the museum offers enrichment opportunities that help teachers bring Indiana’s past alive in the classroom. We offer educators a wide variety of programs to add to their knowledge and enhance their skills. Certain programs allow educators to increase their Professional Growth Points through open houses, lectures and workshops while others allow for a more intensive learning experience.