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.
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]
View artwork by Hoosier artist Harry Davis, one of the most awarded artists in the history of the Hoosier Salon. For 37 years, he taught drawing and painting at Herron School of Art. One of the highlights of the exhibit is a painting Davis made from tent materials while he was stationed in Italy during WWII.
This program is sponsored by New Harmony State Historic Site.
> Free and open to the public
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Program
8 p.m. Dinner Reception
Tickets are $250 and are non-refundable. Tickets are considered contributions to the Indiana State Museum Foundation.
Cocktail attire is requested. Complimentary valet will be available at the Washington Street entrance.
Contributions in honor of John and Sarah Lechleiter
To recognize the Lechleiters’ passion for supporting Indiana art and artists, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites gratefully accepts gifts to the Fine Art Acquisition Fund in honor of Sarah and John. The Fine Art Acquisition Fund provides much-needed resources for the museum to take ownership of works of Indiana art from a wide variety of artists, formats, and time periods. Contributions to this fund help to make it possible for the ISMHS to enhance its collection such that it represents the rich diversity of Indiana art for future generations to appreciate.
Contributors to the Fine Art Acquisition Fund in honor of John and Sarah who make their gifts prior to March 20, 2017, will receive recognition in the Tribute event program. Gifts can be made by mailing a check to Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Foundation, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204.
To purchase tickets or make a contribution visit: Eventbrite, indianamuseum.org or call 317.232.1637.
2017 Tribute Committee: Janet Allen, Andrew Dahlem, Shaun Dingwerth, Daniel Evans, Jr., Elizabeth Lechleiter Kelly, Bart Peterson, Bill Ringo, Rob Smith, Al Smith and Ted Verheggen.
The Heritage Keeper Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. This award recognizes Indiana’s greatest ambassadors for their embodiment of the Hoosier Spirit in their achievements, leadership and service to the State of Indiana. This year, John and Sarah Lechleiter will be honored for their service to Indiana.
Proceeds will help the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites develop high-quality exhibitions and dynamic programming for visitors and school children across the state of Indiana.
2016 - Former Governors of Indiana, Evan Bayh, Joe Kernan, Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence
2015 - Former First Lady of Indiana, Judy O'Bannon
2014 - Rabbi Sandy Sasso
2013 - Senator Richard Lugar
2012 - Earl Goode
2011 - The Hulman-George family
Homeschooled students and their families are invited to the site for a day of programming and tours. Groups of students with their parents will rotate to different hands-on stations.
> $8 per student
Between 20 and 25 hikes and programs take place over a three-day period. Primary focus is on the natural history and environmental concerns relating to Brown County, especially as they relate to wildflower and bird populations. Included are wildflower and bird walks, wetlands hikes, a boat trip on Lake Monroe, nature photography, and other programs related to the theme of the event. Hikes and programs are held on T.C. Steele grounds on established trails, and on other nearby natural areas including other DNR properties, Hoosier National Forest, Indiana University, Sycamore Land Trust and Nature Conservancy lands.
> Times will vary with the hiking locations
> Hiking is free, optional dinner is $12 per person; RSVP required for dinner
A Limberlost naturalist leads a nature hike through Rainbow Bend Park to learn about the history and ecology of this area, how Gene Stratton-Porter used it as a setting for two of her novels, plus observe local wildlife and large sycamore trees. Meet at the Limberlost Visitor Center.
> $4 per person
Galleries will open to the public at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, due to the 2017 Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure®.
Enjoy a hearty brunch at the Carriage House and take a 30-45 minute interpretive walking tour through Gene’s woods and part of her formal or “tame” gardens. See why she named her property Wildflower Woods and learn many of the old-fashioned common names for wildflowers used in her time. This event is rain or shine so please dress appropriately.
> $20 per person; RSVP required by April 19
Join the inaugural Ernie Pyle Council at the Indiana State Museum.
Drawing together a group of passionate Hoosiers from science, technology, arts, media, education and business – the Ernie Pyle Council functions as a "brain trust" of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to give back through targeted programming. Rally alongside other exceptional members from around the state, various industries and fields, plus enthusiastic community members who are ready to contribute to those who have served our country and raise awareness throughout our state. Quarterly meetings and events speak to the service members, spouses, families, and their supporters through innovative events. Enlist in the inaugural advisory group, network alongside experts, draw upon non-exhibited artifacts for inspiration and increase awareness of this exclusive population.
Join us to learn more about the Ernie Pyle Council’s mission to create programming
for veterans, military personnel, their families and friends. Take an exclusive
behind-the-scenes tour, gain free access to the Indiana State Museum
for the day, and find out how you can get involved.
Space is limited.
> Please RSVP to ISMVeterans@indianamuseum.org or call 317.232.5598
Galleries will open to the public at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, due to the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.
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.
Meet a Scientist: Katrina Culture
Indiana Scientists are joining us to do fun demos, talk about their careers and share their work.
Archaeology and Education
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
> Included with museum admission
Meet a Scientist: Meet Homo Naledi: The newest fossil member of the human family tree
Dr. Andrew Deane, Associate Professor
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Meet Homo Naledi: The newest fossil member of the human family tree
Angel Mounds State Historic Site’s annual Archaeology C.S.I. Day offers 6th and 7th grade math and science students the unique opportunity to use their skills by applying them to the work of archaeologists. Exposure to this real-world application of scientific principles will provide students with a greater understanding and appreciation of the theories and methods they have been learning in the classroom. They will leave with the knowledge that the numerous scientific processes behind “cultural scene investigations” are the secret to unlocking our past.
> $5 per student [Exclusively for 6th and 7th grades]; Teachers and chaperones are free
Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Summertime Cabaret.
This classic cabaret trick marionette show, 40 minutes long, is a perfect show to bring your grandchildren, campers or neighbor kids. Combine it with a visit to the Indiana State Museum!
> Children under two: free
> Optional post show workshops: $3 (tickets for workshops are purchased after show in studio)
> Free popcorn
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.
A walking tour of four supposedly-haunted locations in Madison, as described in the book Ghosts of Madison, Indiana by Virginia Jorgensen. The tour, led by a costumed guide, will start at the Lanier Mansion. Attendees will go inside the mansion and hear some of the stories related to the house. Then, they will walk to three locations and hear stories about them as they enjoy the exterior of the properties. The last stop will be at the Broadway Tavern, and those attending the tour can end the evening with a different sort of “spirit.”
> $15 per adult, $7 per child; Reservations required
Set in the elegant grandeur of the Culbertson Mansion, audiences can “take off their wigs,” sit back, and let Les Ordinaires tantalize the senses and uplift spirits in this evening of exquisite chamber music.
> $10 with a cash bar available
This program is in partnership with:
Get ready to learn how weather affects our daily lives. Visit the special exhibition Nature Unleashed and see how weather events shape our planet. Learn how weather forms in our Earth/Sky workshop, plus enjoy activities that help to show how climate in Indiana has changed since the Ice Age.
> $5 per child
> Adults are free with a paid student
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
Meet a Scientist: Spectacular Stomata!
Jen Robison, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Biology
Judged plein air (outdoor) art contest and Historic Marker Dedication ceremony. Pre-registered artists create artwork –and visitors have the opportunity to observe the process of creation—outdoors. All work submitted for judging must be created the day of the contest. Food available for purchase.
> Early Bird Registration [April 1 through 30]: $10 per adult; $9 per Friends member; $5 per child; Regular Registration [May 1 through 20]: $15 per adult; $14 per Friends member; $10 per child; $3 parking for the general public
We’re pleased to invite you on a spring member trip to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site! Join us on Saturday, May 20, 2017 as we mingle with artists during the Festival of Flowers Paint Out, a plein air art contest for artists to work as Steele did: on location, from life, in the beautiful setting of Brown County in the spring. Tour the House of the Singing Winds and the Large Studio, stroll through Selma Steele’s restored formal gardens, and learn more about the continuing restoration efforts. Lunch will be at The Seasons Lodge in Nashville, followed by an afternoon visit to the remodeled historic Brown County Art Gallery.
The trip will leave the Indiana State Museum at 8 a.m. and arrive back at the museum at approximately 6 p.m. the same day. *Schedule with tour times will be sent in advance to all attendees
Fees are $65 per person and cover coach transportation, tour fees, meals and snacks.
Registration deadline is Friday, May 12, 2017. To register: visit https://ismhsmembertriptcsteele.eventbrite.com OR call 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot. Limited to the first 50 participants. *Online reservations have a $4.24 processing fee
If you have any questions regarding the trip, please contact Carrie Miller at 317.233.9348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.