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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.  

  • Museum INvasion Tour

    Apr 23rd, 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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  • “Harry Davis: A Life in Art” Open Houses

    Apr 24th, 2017
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Historic New Harmony

    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

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  • Tribute

    Apr 25th, 2017
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    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. 

    Heritage Keeper Award 

    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. 
     

    For information about sponsoring the Tribute, please contact Nathan Dynak

    Former Honorees:

    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

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  • Homeschool Day

    Apr 26th, 2017
    9:00am - Noon
    Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

    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

     

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  • Homeschool Day

    Apr 26th, 2017
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

    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

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  • 32nd Annual Wildflower Foray

    Start: Apr 28, 2017
    End: Apr 30, 2017
    T.C. Steele State Historic Site

    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

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  • Guided Tour of Rainbow Bottom, Limberlost State Historic Site and Rainbow Bend Park

    Apr 29th, 2017
    9:00am - Noon
    Limberlost State Historic Site

    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

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  • Special Hours

    Apr 29th, 2017
    10:00am - Noon
    Indiana State Museum

    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®. 

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  • Wildflower Walk & Brunch

    Apr 29th, 2017
    10:30am - 12:30pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    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

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  • Ernie Pyle Council

    Apr 29th, 2017
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    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

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    Apr 30th, 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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  • Special Hours

    May 6th, 2017
    10:00am - Noon
    Indiana State Museum

    Galleries will open to the public at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, due to the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. 

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  • Grist Mill Jam

    May 7th, 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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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    May 7th, 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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  • Meet a Scientist: Katrina Culture

    May 8th, 2017
    11:00am - 1:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Meet a Scientist: Katrina Culture

    Indiana Scientists are joining us to do fun demos, talk about their careers and share their work. 

    Karen Shank-Chapman
    Archaeology and Education
    Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
    Katrina Culture
    Rapp Hall

    > Included with museum admission 

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  • Meet a Scientist: Meet Homo Naledi: The newest fossil member of the human family tree

    May 10th, 2017
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Meet a Scientist: Meet Homo Naledi: The newest fossil member of the human family tree

    Indiana Scientists are joining us to do fun demos, talk about their careers and share their work. 

    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
    Level 1

    > Included with museum admission 

     

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  • Archaeology C.S.I.

    Start: May 11, 2017
    9:00am
    End: May 12, 2017
    1:00pm
    Angel Mounds State Historic Site

    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

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  • Summertime Cabaret

    May 13th, 2017
    10:30am - 11:15am
    Indiana State Museum

    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!

    > $12
    > 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.

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  • Behind the Scenes Tour

    May 13th, 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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  • Madison Ghost Tours

    May 13th, 2017
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

    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

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  • A Royal Occasion: Chamber Music from the courts of Henry XVIII through Louis XIV

    May 13th, 2017
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    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:

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    May 14th, 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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  • Homeschool Day: Nature Unleashed

    May 16th, 2017
    9:30am - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    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 

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  • Homeschool Tuesday: Earth/Sky

    May 16th, 2017
    11:30am - 1:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    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 

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  • Meet a Scientist: Spectacular Stomata!

    May 17th, 2017
    10:00am - 1:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Meet a Scientist: Spectacular Stomata!

    Indiana Scientists are joining us to do fun demos, talk about their careers and share their work. 

    Jen Robison, Ph.D. Candidate
    Department of Biology
    IUPUI
    Spectacular Stomata!
    Level 1

    > Included with museum admission 

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  • 18th Annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut

    May 20th, 2017
    7:00am - 4:00pm
    T.C. Steele State Historic Site

    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

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  • MEMBERS ONLY: Trip to T.C. Steele State Historic Site

    May 20th, 2017
    8:00am - 6:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    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 cmiller@indianamuseum.org

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  • Madison Ghost Tours

    May 20th, 2017
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

    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

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  • Museum INvasion Tour

    May 21st, 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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