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Nov. 29, 2013 - Dec. 24, 2013

Celebration Crossing

This year’s Celebration Crossing comes alive with holiday merriment from the sounds of bands and choirs, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus who will entertain visitors in their cozy home on Level 3 of the museum through Dec. 24. Children of all ages can ride on the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and gaze into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows rekindling Christmases past.

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Events

Nov. 29

Celebration Crossing Opening

Enjoy the Indianapolis Children's Choir at 11 a.m. then gather on the museum's front lawn to witness Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival by helicopter at noon.  Once safely on the ground, they will greet the crowd and move to their home in Celebration Crossing.  The day's festivities include the unveiling of the 92 County ornament tree.  Children of all ages can ride the Santa Claus Express train, pose for a picture with Santa and give him their holiday wish list before he leaves again on Dec. 24.

Celebration Crossing Opening

Nov. 29 - Dec. 31

Santa's Playground

Enjoy a wide range of activities in Santa’s Playground, including crafts for the whole family.  This engaging area allows children a chance to explore  (and parents to get a bit of rest!)

 

Included with museum admission.

Nov. 29

Up, Up And Away! Helicopters At The ISM

The Great Hall of the ISM buzzes with radio-controlled model helicopters as the Academy of Model Aeronautics based in Muncie, Indiana, alights for an afternoon of remote-controlled fun.  The afternoon of the opening of Celebration Crossing is typically quieter and this event is geared to bring in a specific crowd of model-crazy fans of everything in the air.  Display tables of model helicopters, contests of paper-folded helicopters from the third floor bridge - it's all geared for a fun time at Celebration Crossing.

Nov. 30

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.

 

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

 

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

 

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

 

Nov. 30

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m. 


Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu 

Nov. 30

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00 

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu 

Nov. 30

Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940's Christmas

Join the Indiana State Museum Legacy Theater Troupe as they celebrate the holidays with “Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940’s Christmas”.  This delightful live theater piece finds the staff of WISM, Indiana’s smallest radio station, struggling to bring holiday cheer to the airwaves while they face the specter of war, shrinking budgets, and a staff depleted by wartime shortages.  Audience members are invited to join the fun onstage as members of the sound effects staff.  Original skits and familiar carols are part of this heart-warming production, suitable for Hoosiers of all ages.    


Shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Admission is $5

Nov. 30

Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940's Christmas

Join the Indiana State Museum Legacy Theater Troupe as they celebrate the holidays with “Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940’s Christmas”.  This delightful live theater piece finds the staff of WISM, Indiana’s smallest radio station, struggling to bring holiday cheer to the airwaves while they face the specter of war, shrinking budgets, and a staff depleted by wartime shortages.  Audience members are invited to join the fun onstage as members of the sound effects staff.  Original skits and familiar carols are part of this heart-warming production, suitable for Hoosiers of all ages.    


Shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Admission is $5

Dec. 1

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

Dec. 1

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

Dec. 1

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

Dec. 1 - 21

Holiday Sounds

School and community choirs, bands, ensembles and soloists perform holiday music in the museum's Governor Frank O'Bannon Great Hall each day.  Enjoy the sounds of the season in a spectacular holiday atmosphere.

 

Times and performances will vary day to day.

Dec. 7

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

Dec. 7

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu 

Dec. 7

Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940's Christmas

Join the Indiana State Museum Legacy Theater Troupe as they celebrate the holidays with “Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940’s Christmas”.  This delightful live theater piece finds the staff of WISM, Indiana’s smallest radio station, struggling to bring holiday cheer to the airwaves while they face the specter of war, shrinking budgets, and a staff depleted by wartime shortages.  Audience members are invited to join the fun onstage as members of the sound effects staff.  Original skits and familiar carols are part of this heart-warming production, suitable for Hoosiers of all ages.    


Shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Admission is $5

Dec. 7

Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940's Christmas

Join the Indiana State Museum Legacy Theater Troupe as they celebrate the holidays with “Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940’s Christmas”.  This delightful live theater piece finds the staff of WISM, Indiana’s smallest radio station, struggling to bring holiday cheer to the airwaves while they face the specter of war, shrinking budgets, and a staff depleted by wartime shortages.  Audience members are invited to join the fun onstage as members of the sound effects staff.  Original skits and familiar carols are part of this heart-warming production, suitable for Hoosiers of all ages.    


Shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Admission is $5

Dec. 8

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

Dec. 8

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu 

Dec. 8

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

 Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

Dec. 12

Supper With Santa And Friends

Member-Only Event

On Thursday, Dec. 12 make plans to spend the evening at the Indiana State Museum.  We will be hosting members for Supper with Santa and Friends.  This family tradition is a great way to spend quality time before the hustle and bustle of the holiday. Enjoy a buffet dinner that will delight the appetite of any holiday go-er, small or tall and everything in between.  Members are encouraged to bring friends and family to this fun night out on the town.

Dec. 14

Girl Scouts Of Central Indiana Holiday Sing

Join Girl Scouts of Central Indiana at the Indiana State Museum for the 2013 Holiday Sing on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration opens at 10 a.m.  Girl Scouts are welcome to come and explore the galleries of the Indiana State Museum, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express in nostalgic Celebration Crossing.  Embrace the spirit of the season and bring donations that will be delivered to a community organization.

To register, Girl Scouts should contact Kendra Nowell at 1-877-474-2248.

Dec. 15

Santa's Holiday Brunch

Join us for a brunch buffet (complete with Mimosas and Bloody Marys!) served in the Frank O’Bannon Great Hall. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the brunch before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m.

 

Member Adult: $24.00
Member Child: $15.00
Nonmember Adult: $29.50
Nonmember Child: $18.00
 

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

 

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Brunch Menu

 

Dec. 16

Free Day At The Indiana State Museum

As part of Indianapolis Downtown Inc.'s 12 Free Days in Downtown Indy, the Indiana State Museum will be offering free admission all day. Come enjoy ISM's Holiday festivities, including Celebration Crossing and our new exhibition, Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons.

Dec. 21

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

Dec. 21

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu 

Dec. 21

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu 

Dec. 21

Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940's Christmas

Join the Indiana State Museum Legacy Theater Troupe as they celebrate the holidays with “Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940’s Christmas”.  This delightful live theater piece finds the staff of WISM, Indiana’s smallest radio station, struggling to bring holiday cheer to the airwaves while they face the specter of war, shrinking budgets, and a staff depleted by wartime shortages.  Audience members are invited to join the fun onstage as members of the sound effects staff.  Original skits and familiar carols are part of this heart-warming production, suitable for Hoosiers of all ages.    


Shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Admission is $5

Dec. 21

Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940's Christmas

Join the Indiana State Museum Legacy Theater Troupe as they celebrate the holidays with “Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940’s Christmas”.  This delightful live theater piece finds the staff of WISM, Indiana’s smallest radio station, struggling to bring holiday cheer to the airwaves while they face the specter of war, shrinking budgets, and a staff depleted by wartime shortages.  Audience members are invited to join the fun onstage as members of the sound effects staff.  Original skits and familiar carols are part of this heart-warming production, suitable for Hoosiers of all ages.    


Shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Admission is $5

Dec. 22

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

Dec. 22

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00 

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu

Dec. 22

Santa's Holiday Breakfast

Join us for a buffet breakfast served in the L. S. Ayres Tea Room and Farmer’s Market Café. Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family.

 

Seating times are 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; to make reservations call 317.232.1637.

Member Adult: $20.00 
Member Child: $12.50
Nonmember Adult: $26.50 
Nonmember Child: $16.00 

Presented by Macy’s.

 

Santa's Holiday Breakfast Menu 

Nov. 28

Celebration Crossing Opening Day

Enjoy the Indianapolis Children's Choir at 11 a.m. then gather on the museum's front lawn to witness Santa’s arrival by helicopter at noon. Once safely on the ground, they will greet the crowd and move to their home in Celebration Crossing. The day's festivities include the unveiling of the 92 County ornament tree. Children of all ages can ride the Santa Claus Express train, pose for a picture with Santa and give him their holiday wish list before he leaves again on Dec. 24.

 

Included with museum admission. 

Nov. 28

Up, Up & Away! Helicopters At The Indiana State Museum

The Great Hall of the ISM buzzes with radio-controlled model helicopters as the Academy of Model Aeronautics based in Muncie, Indiana, alights for an afternoon of remote-controlled fun! Enjoy displays of model helicopters, artifacts from the Academy of Model Aeronautics and creating paper helicopters that can be sent off of the second floor bridge.

 

Included with museum admission.

Dec. 31

Family New Year's Eve

End the year with a bang with a family-friendly alcohol-free celebration in the Governor Frank O'Bannon Great Hall. Face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music will highlight the evening. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate the New Year in style. Reservations are recommended. Call 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot.

 

$7 for members. 
$13 for nonmembers.