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.  

  • Canal Nights

    Jul 26th, 2017
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Join us as we celebrate the summer night out on our wonderful Canal Terrace. Rotating themes of Game Night, Science Night and Art Night are sure to engage people who come to the museum to play!

    Free activities and family fun are on the menu for Wednesday nights at the Indiana State Museum. Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. 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!

    June 7: Game Night! Enjoy hula hoops, Imagination Playground, mastodon puzzles, playing cards, jump ropes and more! 
    June 14: Science Night! Learn about urban nature, water tension in fun water experiments, see the different ways you can make a bubble, enjoy our summer water "Olympics".
    In partnership with Indiana Children and Nature Network
    June 21: Art Night! Create your own masterpiece at a drawing station, leave your mark on our community mural, make-and-take a tissue flower and join us for an INvasion tour of the outdoor sculptures.
    June 28: Game Night! [Member night June 28]
    July 5: Science Night! 
    July 12: Art Night!
    July 19: Game Night!
    July 26: Science Night! 

    > Free and open to the public 
    > All activities take place outside on the canal side of the museum. Rain plan: Gov. Frank & Judy O'Bannon Great Hall 
    > The museum galleries will remain CLOSED for this program
    > Parking is available in the White River State Park underground garage. Visitors will receive $5 parking with validation 

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  • Coffee at the Culbertson’s

    Jul 28th, 2017
    8:30am - 9:00am
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Start your day with New Albany history! On the last Friday of each month, the Culbertson Mansion will host coffee and conversation to share exciting new local history research and upcoming museum initiatives in this quick half-hour program. Each month will spotlight a different story from our past and how those stories remain relevant today, offering guests the opportunity to add their own memories and experiences. We believe that through our shared history, we strengthen community connections - one cup at a time. 

    > Free and open to the public 

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  • Lecture: Michele Wood and the Art of American Slave Songs

    Jul 29th, 2017
    11:00am - 2:00pm
    Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

    Enjoy a lecture by artist Michele Wood that incorporates the history of Levi Coffin House, stories of the Underground Railroad and songs from her book Like A Bird: Art of American Slave Songs (concept and illustrations by Michele Wood, written by Cynthia Grady).

    > Free and open to the public

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    Jul 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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  • Throwback Thursdays Summer Lecture Series: The Trial of Leigh Hill French

    Aug 3rd, 2017
    Noon - 1:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    The Culbertson Mansion’s Throwback Thursdays Summer Lecture Series returns in 2017 with three brand new and exciting topics.

    Leigh Hill French, the husband of Blanch Culbertson, had a difficult history with the Culbertson family that continues to this day. In this mock trial, the staff of the Culbertson Mansion will present the historical evidence regarding Mr. French and debate his merits. At the conclusion of the debate, the guests will act as judge and jury, deciding the fate of Mr. French once and for all. Presented by the staff of the Culbertson Mansion.

    > Free and open to the public 

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    Aug 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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  • Night at the Museum

    Aug 5th, 2017
    5:30pm - 10:00am
    Angel Mounds State Historic Site

    End your summer with a bang!  Literally. Camp Reunion Overnight features fireworks, games, movies on the big screen, a weenie roast, and s'mores. Exclusively for 2017 camp participants, this is one evening of camaraderie 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.

    > Drop-off at 5:30 pm, Saturday, August 6; pick-up at 10 am, Sunday, August 7 
    > Registration deadline: July 22nd
    > $50 per camper

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  • Swift Night Out

    Aug 5th, 2017
    7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Limberlost State Historic Site

    Enjoy a presentation on chimney swifts in the Limberlost Visitor Center classroom and then walk downtown to watch swifts enter a chimney to roost for the night.

    > Free and open to the public; Donations encouraged

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  • Night at the Museum

    Aug 6th, 2017
    5:30pm - 10:00am
    Angel Mounds State Historic Site

    End your summer with a bang!  Literally. Camp Reunion Overnight features fireworks, games, movies on the big screen, a weenie roast, and s'mores. Exclusively for 2017 camp participants, this is one evening of camaraderie 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.

    > Drop-off at 5:30 pm, Saturday, August 6; pick-up at 10 am, Sunday, August 7 
    > Registration deadline: July 22nd
    > $50 per camper

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  • Grist Mill Jam

    Aug 6th, 2017
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

    Meet us at the old grist mill porch for great homespun music in the fresh air. Everyone is welcome to come and play or just watch. You can sing, clap your hands, shake your tambourine (or anything else). Sponsored by Metamora Performing Arts Inc.

    > Free

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  • Sunday at Home featuring Craig Brenner

    Aug 6th, 2017
    2:00pm - 3:30pm
    T.C. Steele State Historic Site

    This performance, part of T. C. Steele’s monthly Sunday at Home series, is the result of a 2017 Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant. Craig will play piano, provide percussion instruments and will focus on music by Indiana musicians. Craig will also talk about Hoosier composers and musicians.
    This program was made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

    > Free with site admission 
    > Free to Indiana State Museum members and Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site

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  • Lecture: Michele Wood and the Art of American Slave Songs

    Aug 12th, 2017
    11:00am - 2:00pm
    Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

    Enjoy a lecture by artist Michele Wood that incorporates the history of Levi Coffin House, stories of the Underground Railroad and songs from her book Like A Bird: Art of American Slave Songs (concept and illustrations by Michele Wood, written by Cynthia Grady).

    > Free and open to the public

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    Aug 12th, 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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  • Behind the Scenes Tour

    Aug 12th, 2017
    4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
    “What is lurking behind that door?”  Discover the answer for yourself during this exclusive tour of the mansion.  Visitors will see areas of the mansion not included in the regularly scheduled tours including the huge basement, the unfinished east wing, and the cupola. The will also hear information about the site not explained on the standard tours. Visitors taking this tour should be prepared to climb stairs and walk on uneven surfaces. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.
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  • Music at the Mansion: The Lick Creek Band

    Aug 12th, 2017
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

    The Lick Creek Band from Paoli will perform at one of the prettiest places in Madison, the Lanier Mansion grounds! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.
    This concert is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 
    Sponsors include the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Thornton Terrace Health Campus and River Terrace Health Campus.

    > Free; Donations encouraged

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  • Cafe Inquiry: The Science of Conserving Our Culture

    Aug 16th, 2017
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Broken Beaker Distillery

    Central Indiana Science Outreach Presents: Cafe Inquiry

    The Science of Conserving Our Culture ft. Indiana State Museum and Indiana Historical Society Conservators
    Broken Beaker Distillery 

    > 21 and up

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  • Clue Party

    Aug 18th, 2017
    8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Was it Colonel Mustard in the Library? Or Mr. Culbertson in the Blue Room? Can you figure out the real life game of Clue? Make your way through the Culbertson Mansion and find the hidden clues to reveal who-done-it, where and why. Costumes are very much encouraged. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided. Prizes for solving the murders and best costume. RSVP at 812.944.9600.

    > $30 per person; RSVP required

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    Aug 19th, 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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  • Murder Mystery

    Aug 19th, 2017
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Corydon Captiol State Historic Site

    Take part in the fun of this interactive Murder Mystery Dinner. Set in the 1920s, this mystery is sure to be a killer good time.

    > $25 per person; RSVP required

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  • Stargazing and Night Hike

    Aug 19th, 2017
    8:00pm - 9:30pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    The site’s naturalist will lead guests through Sower’s Woods to introduce them to the creatures of the night. Bats, owls, moths and other critters may make an appearance. Depending upon the clarity of the sky, stargazing will be available to identify major constellations, satellites and other celestial bodies by telescope thanks to Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Bring binoculars for a closer view of the stars.

    > $4 per person; Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

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  • Clue Party

    Aug 19th, 2017
    8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Was it Colonel Mustard in the Library? Or Mr. Culbertson in the Blue Room? Can you figure out the real life game of Clue? Make your way through the Culbertson Mansion and find the hidden clues to reveal who-done-it, where and why. Costumes are very much encouraged. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided. Prizes for solving the murders and best costume. RSVP at 812.944.9600.

    > $30 per person; RSVP required

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  • Bluegrass Jamboree

    Aug 20th, 2017
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Limberlost State Historic Site

    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 and open to the public; Donations encouraged

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  • Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

    Aug 21st, 2017
    11:00am - 3:00pm
    Angel Mounds State Historic Site

    Come celebrate this rare astronomical event. According to the NASA Total Solar Eclipse Interactive Map, Angel Mounds State Historic Site will be at 98.99 percent obscuration. The site will remain open through the duration of the solar eclipse.

    > $5 per person

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