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.
Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Cinderella.
Featuring scattering mice, a glittery fairy godmother and a large pumpkin coach, this well-loved fairytale will charm you and your children.
> 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.
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]
Enjoy a live bird program held in the Limberlost Visitor Center classroom.
> Free (donations encouraged)
At Destination Discovery, campers will spend Spring Break exploring Evansville’s most premier day camp destinations: Angel Mounds State Historic Site; Children's Museum of Evansville; Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science; Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Gardens; and Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve. Registration includes a free t-shirt and snacks.
For more information, please see the camp brochure.
> $150 for non-members; $135 for members of any host organization. Multiple registration discount of $15 for each additional child
> Early drop-off and late pick-up options available; Extended care available for an additional $25
Tues., March 28 through Fri., March 31; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun., April 2; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat., April 1; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.*
Enter to race in one of two age categories!
Participants ages 5 to 16 must register as a youth. Those ages 17+ must register as an adult. For more information, please see the Official Rule rules.
*All participating cars must be registered by 1 p.m. on race day.
Best in Show
Sat., April 1
Enter a Pinewood Derby® car by 2 p.m. in the museum's Best In Show competition. Cars will be awarded based on visual design. For more information, please see the Best in Show rules and categories.
Pinewood Derby® Returns To The Indiana State Museum Celebrating 10 Years of Speed
On your mark, get set... GO!
The Indiana State Museum and Crossroads of America Council, BSA invite race participants to return for the second greatest spectacle in racing! Visit the museum to race Pinewood Derby® cars down the two-story, 125-foot race track and watch them speed across the finish line!
> Included with museum admission
> Daily museum admission March 28 through April 2 is $5 per person for all Scouts and their families
> Please note: Scouts wishing to participate in discounted admission should wear something that identifies them as a Girl Scout or a Boy Scout such as: sashes, kerchiefs, t-shirts, scout shirts or vests.
For more information, please see the Pinewood Derby postcard.
It is one thing to tell stories about the Underground Railroad. It is another thing to experience it! Educators will visit and tour the Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site in Fountain City, Ind. This visit also includes a chance to see the site's new Interpretive Center. Learn how this small home in Eastern Indiana became the "Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad." Meet Levi and Catharine Coffin and get a first-hand experience to their work as outspoken abolitionists in a small Quaker community.
What will educators receive as part of their participation?
-Box lunch and drink provided
-Transportation to and from the Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site
-Letter confirming attendance for eight hours of professional development
> Free for educators, registration is required
> Registration Deadline: March 17, 2017
Science of Speed presentations
Sat., April 1; 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Presented by Joe Harder, PhD, Professor of Management Information Systems Scott College of Business, Indiana State University and Joyce A. Young, PhD, Professor of Marketing, Scott College of Business, Indiana State University
Get in the mood for spring with the social event of the season. Enjoy an auction and a fabulous luncheon of spring treats with your friends. Please call 812.273.0556 for reservations.
> $30 per person; Reservations required
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.
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
It’s April, 1949. The 75th running of the Kentucky Derby is not too far off and several notables, many with local ties, are in town.
The American Legion has recently purchased the Culbertson Mansion and taken on the task of renovating the massive building. With so many celebrities in town for the Derby the Legion Commander takes this opportunity to host a gala, in hopes of boosting membership, attention…and funds. Among those in attendance are singer/songwriter, Cole Porter, Louisville natives Victor Mature and Irene Dunne, as well as Senator Joseph McCarthy, and Hollywood Gossip Hedda Hopper. With so many big personalities all under one roof tempers are bound to flair, but enough to commit murder?
> Tickets for this event are $25
> Ticket price includes a full dinner and the performance
> A limited number of tickets are available and advanced reservations are required
Call 812.944.9600 to make reservations.
Enjoy a free Easter Egg Hunt and open house. Children will get to hunt for candy filled Easter Eggs on the grounds of the VSHS. The families will also get to explore our site buildings and hear a little bit about local history.
Join us for an epic Golden Easter Egg Hunt! Bring your own bucket, basket, or bag to gather as many eggs as possible. Be on the lookout for the Golden Egg to win a special prize. After the hunt attend “Bunny Class” and become an official Limberlost Harebrain!
> $2 per child 12 and under
For 32 years, Historic New Harmony has welcomed thousands of local school and homeschool groups to experience what life was like in the 1800s. Artisans who specialize in paper marbling, woodcarving, beekeeping, silversmithing, tailoring, bookbinding, weaving and a variety of other activities will demonstrate their crafts. One of the most popular demonstrations among the students is the 19th century doctor, who presents an interactive show on various medical practices of that time. For more information on Heritage Artisans Days, please visit https://www.usi.edu/outreach/historic-new-harmony/programs/heritage-artisans-days.
The Indiana State Museum provides a platform that showcases how individuals and companies tackle environmental issues at the annual Eco Science Fair. This year’s event will showcase eco-friendly products and services, local environmental leaders and lifestyle activities.
Innovative Hoosier students are invited to get involved in becoming the solution to global climate issues. Students can submit science fair projects on a range of topics including: aquaculture, vermiculture, composting, social awareness, urban farming, alternative fuel, and recycling initiatives in their schools and communities. Scholarships are awarded to winners across age categories.
Contact Katelyn Coyne, Public Programs Developer, with questions at email@example.com. For more information, please see the Eco-Science Fair flyer. For information on how to register, visit our Plan Your Field Trip page.
This program is presented by Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. and supported by Dow AgroSciences and Earth Charter Indiana.
> Included with museum admission
Discover what creatures lurk around the Loblolly Marsh at night. Bring your flashlights to search for hidden “glowing eyes” animals. Hear night sounds through bionic ears and see in the dark with night vision! See what nocturnal creatures are living in the water during nighttime dip-netting. Finish off the evening with a campfire and toasted marshmallows! No toddlers, please.
> Meet at the Loblolly Marsh Pavilion
> $4 per adult, $3 per child
Say goodbye to the winter blues and welcome spring with open arms! Walk the entire Canal and visit many of the businesses that are located along the 1.5-mile stretch of water. Win prizes!
Grab your passport from the Downtown Indy, Inc. tent located at the Walnut Street Basin and look for the signs at the business’s tent to get your stamp. Visit all participating locations and return your passport to the Downtown Indy, Inc. tent to be entered in giveaways.
The Indiana State Museum joins Downtown Indy, Inc. in celebrating Canal Awakens 2017. Preview our Canal Nights activities, which will be running all summer long.
Canal Nights Info
Free activities and family fun are on the menu for Wednesday nights on the canal at the Indiana State Museum. Join us from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights 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!