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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.  

  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Sep 25th, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Salem Micro Fossils 15-minute activity
    Discover fossils from when Indiana was covered by a shallow sea!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Create a Cartoon Strip/Yesterday’s Cartoons
    Draw your own cartoon and learn about the cartoons of yesteryear!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Mystery Drawings 15-minute activity
    Listen carefully to a prompt while you draw. Can you figure out the mystery drawing before it is revealed?
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Books, Booze & Brains

    Sep 25th, 2018
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Centerpoint Brewing Company

    In this adults-only science book club, join an expert for a facilitated discussion about a popular science-themed book while sipping a drink or eating a snack from Centerpoint Brewing.

    This month, join the discussion on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

    Price: Free

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  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Sep 26th, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Salem Micro Fossils 15-minute activity
    Discover fossils from when Indiana was covered by a shallow sea!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Create a Cartoon Strip/Yesterday’s Cartoons
    Draw your own cartoon and learn about the cartoons of yesteryear!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Mystery Drawings 15-minute activity
    Listen carefully to a prompt while you draw. Can you figure out the mystery drawing before it is revealed?
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Sep 27th, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Salem Micro Fossils 15-minute activity
    Discover fossils from when Indiana was covered by a shallow sea!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Create a Cartoon Strip/Yesterday’s Cartoons
    Draw your own cartoon and learn about the cartoons of yesteryear!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Mystery Drawings 15-minute activity
    Listen carefully to a prompt while you draw. Can you figure out the mystery drawing before it is revealed?
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Sep 28th, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Salem Micro Fossils 15-minute activity
    Discover fossils from when Indiana was covered by a shallow sea!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Create a Cartoon Strip/Yesterday’s Cartoons
    Draw your own cartoon and learn about the cartoons of yesteryear!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Mystery Drawings 15-minute activity
    Listen carefully to a prompt while you draw. Can you figure out the mystery drawing before it is revealed?
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Culbertson Mansion Coffin Race

    Sep 28th, 2018
    4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Culberston Mansion State Historic Site

    On your marks... get set... GO! Ever wondered what it is like to race in a coffin? Now’s your chance! Put a team together, build a coffin per the event’s specifications or rent one, and get ready to have some fun kicking off the Halloween season.

    Price: $50/team registration, free to attend

    Register: Call us at 812.944.9600

     

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  • The Dark Parlour

    Sep 28th, 2018
    7:00pm - 11:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Is it choice or fate?  Free will or destiny? Presenting Anthony Truitt and the Dark Parlour, an evening of “Spirit Theatre” will make you question what you see and what you believe. Through a series of unique tests and experiments, you’ll learn about your own mind’s ability to unlock the secrets within the Culbertson Mansion as you experience a true phenomenon of perception.

    Shows are at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.

    Price: $15/person for advance purchase, $20/person at the door. 
    Tickets: Seats are limited, and reservations can be made online here or by calling (812) 944-9600.

    This event is open to all ages, and cocktails will be available for purchase for attendees 21 and older.

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  • Literally, A Haunted House

    Sep 28th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Scaring since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house has all of the thrills and chills you would expect of a haunted house. This haunting takes place in the Carriage House of the Culbertson Mansion. Originally, the carriage house sheltered the family’s horse, buggy and the male servants to the household. After the Mansion was auctioned off, the carriage house fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning tragic fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possessions. Are you brave enough to traverse the haunted carriage house of the Culbertson Mansion? Come, if you dare!

    Price: $15/person
    Tickets: Purchased at the door

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  • The Dark Parlour

    Sep 29th, 2018
    7:00pm - 11:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Is it choice or fate?  Free will or destiny? Presenting Anthony Truitt and the Dark Parlour, an evening of “Spirit Theatre” will make you question what you see and what you believe. Through a series of unique tests and experiments, you’ll learn about your own mind’s ability to unlock the secrets within the Culbertson Mansion as you experience a true phenomenon of perception.

    Shows are at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.

    Price: $15/person for advance purchase, $20/person at the door. 
    Tickets: Seats are limited, and reservations can be made online here or by calling (812) 944-9600.

    This event is open to all ages, and cocktails will be available for purchase for attendees 21 and older.

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  • Hunter Education Workshop

    Sep 29th, 2018
    1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    Indiana Hunter Education Courses will provide instruction in the areas of safe firearm use and handling while hunting, as well as in the home, hunter ethics and responsibility, game identification, and conservation management. Anyone born after December 31, 1986 is required to be certified in Hunter Education before they can purchase a hunting license. Hunter Education classes are offered by knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer instructors and Indiana Conservation Officers. This will be hosted in association with the Wild Game Cookout.

    This class is conducted in two sessions, and participants must attend both sessions:

    • Saturday, September 22, 8:00am - 3:00pm
    • Saturday, September 29, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
       

    Register here for this class.

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  • Historic Tavern Crawl

    Sep 29th, 2018
    5:00pm - 8:15pm
    Corydon State Historic Site

    Corydon had many taverns during the Capitol period, where the writers of Indiana’s constitution would meet during the Constitution Convention of 1816. On this walking tour, you’ll visit the previous locations of historic taverns from Corydon’s past – and even get a chance to sample historic drinks at certain stops.

    Price: $20/non-member, $15/member

    This event is for those 21 and older.

    Registrations are required by Sept. 26 and can be made by calling (812) 738-4890.

     

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  • Wild Game Cookout

    Sep 29th, 2018
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    At this unique event, sample wild game while learning more about local conservation efforts. Goose, deer, dove, alligator, antelope, bluegill, rabbit, crickets and squirrel have been on past menus. Conservation organizations and officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have while enjoying unusual delicacies.

    *All wild game used for the program has been donated by local hunters. A $5 donation is suggested.

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  • The Golden Hour Smartphone Photography Workshop

    Sep 29th, 2018
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

    This workshop will teach participants how to effectively use smartphones to shoot digital photographs of the Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site with the magical light that occurs before sunset. Learn how to optimize the features on your smart phone, then photograph the historic home and its surroundings. Costumed re-enactors portraying Levi and Catharine Coffin will tell the story of the house and its involvement with the Underground Railroad as well. 

    Price: $10/person. Registration can be made at www.moriartymedia.com/register.

    This program is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission.

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  • Ghost Walks - SOLD OUT!

    Sep 29th, 2018
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

    Note: This event is now sold out!

    Is Lanier Mansion haunted? Find out for yourself during a ghost walk this fall. Attendees will go inside the mansion and enjoy a nighttime, behind-the-scenes tour of the home, hearing spooky stories related to the house and its former inhabitants. After the tour, visitors can journey on to three other locations to hear stories about those sites as well, with the final stop at the Broadway Tavern – where participants age 21 and older can enjoy an additional “spirit” if they wish.

    Price: $15/adult, $7/youth ages 12 to 17, not recommended for those under age 12. Reservations are required by calling 812.265.3526.

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  • The Dark Parlour

    Sep 29th, 2018
    7:00pm - 11:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Is it choice or fate?  Free will or destiny? Presenting Anthony Truitt and the Dark Parlour, an evening of “Spirit Theatre” will make you question what you see and what you believe. Through a series of unique tests and experiments, you’ll learn about your own mind’s ability to unlock the secrets within the Culbertson Mansion as you experience a true phenomenon of perception.

    Shows are at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.

    Price: $15/person for advance purchase, $20/person at the door. 
    Tickets: Seats are limited, and reservations can be made online here or by calling (812) 944-9600.

    This event is open to all ages, and cocktails will be available for purchase for attendees 21 and older.

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  • Literally, A Haunted House

    Sep 29th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Scaring since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house has all of the thrills and chills you would expect of a haunted house. This haunting takes place in the Carriage House of the Culbertson Mansion. Originally, the carriage house sheltered the family’s horse, buggy and the male servants to the household. After the Mansion was auctioned off, the carriage house fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning tragic fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possessions. Are you brave enough to traverse the haunted carriage house of the Culbertson Mansion? Come, if you dare!

    Price: $15/person
    Tickets: Purchased at the door

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  • The Dark Parlour

    Sep 30th, 2018
    7:00pm - 11:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Is it choice or fate?  Free will or destiny? Presenting Anthony Truitt and the Dark Parlour, an evening of “Spirit Theatre” will make you question what you see and what you believe. Through a series of unique tests and experiments, you’ll learn about your own mind’s ability to unlock the secrets within the Culbertson Mansion as you experience a true phenomenon of perception.

    Shows are at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.

    Price: $15/person for advance purchase, $20/person at the door. 
    Tickets: Seats are limited, and reservations can be made online here or by calling (812) 944-9600.

    This event is open to all ages, and cocktails will be available for purchase for attendees 21 and older.

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  • All locations closed on Mondays

    Oct 1st, 2018
    All-day Event
    All locations
    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is closed on Mondays, with the exception of New Harmony State Historic Site.
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  • Homeschool Tuesdays

    Oct 2nd, 2018
    9:30am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Dive into a world of investigation and discovery during these two-hour classes designed to stimulate a child’s interest in science, art, history and culture. Classes occur on the first Tuesday of the month, and adults join their learners for an interactive family experience. This month, participants will learn about engineering and art and explore the museum’s newest experiences.

    Price: $8/members, $10/non-members

    Register: Sign up online here or by calling us at 317.232.1637. Members, please call us at 317.232.1637 to receive your member discount.

    This program is for youth ages 6 through 13. Museum admission not included, but can be purchased for a discounted group rate. 

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  • Canal Days

    Oct 5th, 2018
    9:00am - 8:00pm
    Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

    Visit Metamora during this signature festival, featuring outside vendors and community partners from around the area, as well as shopping.

    At the site, purchase general admission to enjoy a ride on the Ben Franklin III canal boat (rides offered every 45 minutes from noon until 5 p.m.), or see free grain grinding demonstrations in the Grist Mill.

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  • Family Fright Night

    Oct 5th, 2018
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Kick off your Halloween season with Family Fright Night! Dress in your Halloween best for a night of spooky fun. Join our mad scientist in his lab, where you can help conduct experiments – if you dare. Discover monsters that call Indiana home. Create your own monster mask in Cardboard Engineering, then strut your ghoulish stuff in a costume contest and enter to win prizes in categories like “spookiest costume,” “best homemade costume,” and “best Indiana connection costume.” It’s sure to be a SPOOKtacular time!

    Additional activities will include:

    • making catapults and flicking spiders into a 7-foot spider web 
    • using fake cannons to shoot ghosts
    • using canister rockets and chemistry to emit steam or foam in a spooky ghost rocket activity
    • making a craft with straws to create “witch rockets” – shoot your witch on a straw to see how far it can fly
    • attending a spooky science show 
    • listening and dancing to special Halloween music


    Age:
    Families

    Date:
    Friday, Oct. 5, 6 – 9 p.m.

    Cost:
    $10/member, $16/non-member; children under 3 attend for free

    Register:
    Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

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  • Literally, A Haunted House

    Oct 5th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Scaring since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house has all of the thrills and chills you would expect of a haunted house. This haunting takes place in the Carriage House of the Culbertson Mansion. Originally, the carriage house sheltered the family’s horse, buggy and the male servants to the household. After the Mansion was auctioned off, the carriage house fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning tragic fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possessions. Are you brave enough to traverse the haunted carriage house of the Culbertson Mansion? Come, if you dare!

    Price: $15/person
    Tickets: Purchased at the door

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  • Fall Garden Work Day

    Oct 6th, 2018
    9:00am - Noon
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    Dust off those gardening tools and join Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site staff and volunteers to work in Gene’s historic gardens and assist with the fall cleanup. Staff will be on hand to assist and direct volunteers as needed. Gardeners of all levels of experience are welcome.

    Registration for the fall garden work day can be made by visiting www.genestratton-porter.com/events.

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  • Canal Days

    Oct 6th, 2018
    9:00am - 8:00pm
    Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

    Visit Metamora during this signature festival, featuring outside vendors and community partners from around the area, as well as shopping.

    At the site, purchase general admission to enjoy a ride on the Ben Franklin III canal boat (rides offered every 45 minutes from noon until 5 p.m.), or see free grain grinding demonstrations in the Grist Mill.

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  • Global Cardboard Challenge

    Oct 6th, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Join thousands of people around the world to celebrate the Global Cardboard Challenge. Participants in the program at the Indiana State Museum will aim to design and build the biggest cardboard arcade in Indiana. From pinball machines to toss games or whatever else your imagination can create, it will be more fun than you can fit in a box – or a hundred boxes.

    This event is included with museum general admission. Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • Literally, A Haunted House

    Oct 6th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Scaring since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house has all of the thrills and chills you would expect of a haunted house. This haunting takes place in the Carriage House of the Culbertson Mansion. Originally, the carriage house sheltered the family’s horse, buggy and the male servants to the household. After the Mansion was auctioned off, the carriage house fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning tragic fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possessions. Are you brave enough to traverse the haunted carriage house of the Culbertson Mansion? Come, if you dare!

    Price: $15/person
    Tickets: Purchased at the door

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  • Canal Days

    Oct 7th, 2018
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

    Visit Metamora during this signature festival, featuring outside vendors and community partners from around the area, as well as shopping.

    At the site, purchase general admission to enjoy a ride on the Ben Franklin III canal boat (rides offered every 45 minutes from noon until 5 p.m.), or see free grain grinding demonstrations in the Grist Mill.

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  • Sunday Serenade: The Hoosier Hour

    Oct 7th, 2018
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Join the staff of Indiana’s smallest radio station during WWII as they struggle to program a live radio show, complete with skits, commercials, live music and more.

    Shows happen at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

    This event is included with museum general admission. Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • Messy Mondays

    Oct 8th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Looking for something fun to do with your little one over fall break? Join us for Messy Mondays, where your 2- to 5-year-old can get a little messy while enjoying STEAM activities on a variety of topics.

    This program lasts one hour and is offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    Price: $7 members/$10 non-members; free for children age 2 and younger

    Register: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

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  • School’s Out! Columbus Day

    Oct 8th, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    School’s out for Columbus Day! Head to the Indiana State Museum for your day off and celebrate explorers with hands-on activities. See if you can remember famous explorers from the past and what they discovered, then find out if you have what it takes to be an explorer yourself. Choose what to pack for your expedition, decide who to take with you and determine the goals for your trip.

    This event is included with museum general admission. Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • Sensory-friendly Mornings at the Museum

    Oct 9th, 2018
    9:00am - 10:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Sensory-friendly mornings are an exclusive time for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. During this special hour, museum lights will be at a lower level, extra sounds will be limited, and distracting motions or equipment will be paused. Sensory-friendly mornings also include sensory-friendly activities in the galleries so that visitors of all ages can enjoy a specially tailored experience.

    This event is included with museum general admission. Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • Bricks Night Out

    Oct 9th, 2018
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Try something new for date night or a night out with friends by bringing your special someone or besties to THE ART OF THE BRICK during adult-only, evening hours. You’ll be inspired by the artist’s jaw-dropping creations and can enjoy a drink from the cash bar. Then, hang out and design your own brick masterpiece to take home.

    Register: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

    This event is for those 21 and older, with drinks and snacks available for purchase.

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  • Corydon Homeschool Day

    Oct 10th, 2018
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Corydon State Historic Site

    Join us for a special day at Corydon Capitol State Historic Site tailored especially for homeschool families. The day includes hands-on activities, interactive presentations, and tons of fun and learning!

    Choose to attend either the morning (9 a.m. - noon) or afternoon (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) session. You will be assigned a group to rotate through different activity stations where you'll learn about Indiana history, wildlife, see a glass making demonstration, make a historic craft, and more!

    This program is recommended for ages 6 through 13, but other ages are welcome.

    Tickets are $8 per student, and parents and guardians are free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the site at 812-738-4890. Reservations fill up quickly, so it's recommended to call early.

    Group reservations also are welcome, but must be made as a group (not individually).

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  • Small Wonders

    Oct 10th, 2018
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Small Wonders is a monthly program that invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring their little ones to learn, play and discover in the museum. This month, little ones will build with toy bricks and make their own artwork using blocks and paint, among other activities.

    This program is for 3- to 5-year-olds and an adult.

    Price: $9 members/$12 non-members

    Register
    The registration deadline for paid programs is 3 days prior to the start date. Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

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  • Owl-oween

    Oct 12th, 2018
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    This annual event is suitable for all ages and focuses on the fun of Halloween, featuring more treats than tricks. At this event, you’ll learn about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night. Children are encouraged to attend in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to guide your way!

    This event takes place regardless of weather.

    Tickets are $4 per person and children 4 and under are free.

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  • Paranormal Investigations

    Oct 12th, 2018
    6:30pm - 11:00pm
    New Harmony State Historic Site

    Explore the historic buildings of New Harmony after hours alongside a host of paranormal investigators. This hands-on experience will allow you to communicate with the souls who may inhabit the space using a variety of real paranormal equipment.

    Price: $50/person. Tickets can be purchased at www.hauntednewharmony.com. Pending availability, tickets can also be purchase day-of.  

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  • Literally, A Haunted House

    Oct 12th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Scaring since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house has all of the thrills and chills you would expect of a haunted house. This haunting takes place in the Carriage House of the Culbertson Mansion. Originally, the carriage house sheltered the family’s horse, buggy and the male servants to the household. After the Mansion was auctioned off, the carriage house fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning tragic fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possessions. Are you brave enough to traverse the haunted carriage house of the Culbertson Mansion? Come, if you dare!

    Price: $15/person
    Tickets: Purchased at the door

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  • Small Wonders

    Oct 13th, 2018
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Small Wonders is a monthly program that invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring their little ones to learn, play and discover in the museum. This month, little ones will build with toy bricks and make their own artwork using blocks and paint, among other activities.

    This program is for 3- to 5-year-olds and an adult.

    Price: $9 members/$12 non-members

    Register
    The registration deadline for paid programs is 3 days prior to the start date. Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

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  • The Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio

    Oct 13th, 2018
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    Join wacky Witch Gertrude, Zombie and Drac as they introduce their Halloween friends. Trick marionettes will perform on a special set with classical music. 

    Tickets are $8 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Tickets for a post-show workshop will be for sale for $3. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule:

    • Saturday, October 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Thursday, October 18 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 19 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 20 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 26 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 28 - 1 & 3 p.m.
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  • The Big Sit!

    Oct 13th, 2018
    Noon - 2:00pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    The Big Sit! is an annual, international, non-competitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Join local bird enthusiasts as they observe birds at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site and learn about the ongoing restoration work in the Hemingway Wetlands.

    Registration for The Big Sit! can be made by visiting www.genestratton-porter.com/events.

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  • Young Explorers

    Oct 13th, 2018
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Indiana State Museum

    In this monthly program, drop your child off at a class made just for them to encourage creativity, exploration, and independence in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination. This month, your child will become an inventor or engineer as participants make their own blueprints and create their own machines.

    This program is for 4- to 6-year-olds to attend on their own.

    Price: $10 members/$13 non-members

    Register
    The registration deadline for paid programs is 3 days prior to the start date. Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

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  • High Spirits

    Oct 13th, 2018
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    T.C. Steele State Historic Site

    Enjoy an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while exploring the Victorian fascination with ghosts and spiritualism. You’ll discover how belief in the supernatural and advances in science went hand-in-hand during T.C. Steele’s early years, and you’ll enjoy a magic show by Richard Darshwood, the Whiskey Wizard, that you have to see to believe. Plus, take a twilight stroll through the Studio and the House of the Singing Winds. Seats are limited for this program, which will take place in the new Singing Winds Visitor Center.

    Price: $25/member, $30/non-member. Reservations are required by Oct. 13 and can be made by calling (812) 988-2785.

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  • Owl-oween

    Oct 13th, 2018
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    This annual event is suitable for all ages and focuses on the fun of Halloween, featuring more treats than tricks. At this event, you’ll learn about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night. Children are encouraged to attend in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to guide your way!

    This event takes place regardless of weather.

    Tickets are $4 per person and children 4 and under are free.

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  • Literally, A Haunted House

    Oct 13th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Scaring since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house has all of the thrills and chills you would expect of a haunted house. This haunting takes place in the Carriage House of the Culbertson Mansion. Originally, the carriage house sheltered the family’s horse, buggy and the male servants to the household. After the Mansion was auctioned off, the carriage house fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning tragic fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possessions. Are you brave enough to traverse the haunted carriage house of the Culbertson Mansion? Come, if you dare!

    Price: $15/person
    Tickets: Purchased at the door

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  • Ghost Walks

    Oct 13th, 2018
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

    Is Lanier Mansion haunted? Find out for yourself during a ghost walk this fall. Attendees will go inside the mansion and enjoy a nighttime, behind-the-scenes tour of the home, hearing spooky stories related to the house and its former inhabitants. After the tour, visitors can journey on to three other locations to hear stories about those sites as well, with the final stop at the Broadway Tavern – where participants age 21 and older can enjoy an additional “spirit” if they wish.

    Price: $15/adult, $7/youth ages 12 to 17, not recommended for those under age 12. Reservations are required by calling 812.265.3526.

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  • Spooky Halloween Cruises

    Oct 13th, 2018
    7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

    Experience a spooky night boat ride this October, when the Ben Franklin III canal boat will be hauntingly decorated and staff will be dressed in costumes for the occasion. A professional storyteller will be on board to tell family-friendly spooky stories. 

    Cruises are at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m.

    Price: $5/person

    This program is held in conjunction with the Haunted Village of Metamora.

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  • Indiana State Museum is OPEN

    Oct 15th, 2018
    All-day Event
    Indiana State Museum
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  • Messy Mondays

    Oct 15th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Looking for something fun to do with your little one over fall break? Join us for Messy Mondays, where your 2- to 5-year-old can get a little messy while enjoying STEAM activities on a variety of topics.

    This program lasts one hour and is offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    Price: $7 members/$10 non-members; free for children age 2 and younger

    Register: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

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  • State historic sites closed today*

    Oct 15th, 2018
    All-day Event
    All locations

    All state historic sites are closed on Mondays, with the exception of New Harmony State Historic Site.

    The Indiana State Museum is OPEN today.

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  • Discovery on Draft

    Oct 17th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Metazoa Brewing Company

    Adults 21 and older are invited to engage in conversations with local experts and academics on a variety of topics – from science-themed subjects to psychology, marketing and more – in this special program series that takes place at breweries around Indianapolis.

    This month, enjoy a night of Halloween-themed discussion.

    Price: $5/person

    Register: Tickets can be purchased in advance here or at the door.

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  • The Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio

    Oct 18th, 2018
    10:30am - 1:30pm
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    Join wacky Witch Gertrude, Zombie and Drac as they introduce their Halloween friends. Trick marionettes will perform on a special set with classical music. 

    Today's shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $8 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Tickets for a post-show workshop will be for sale for $3. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule:

    • Saturday, October 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Thursday, October 18 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 19 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 20 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 26 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 28 - 1 & 3 p.m.
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  • The Ultimate Engineering Challenge

    Oct 18th, 2018
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Do you have mad engineering or design skills? Do you have an inner MacGyver screaming to get out? Then this challenge is for you! Pull together a team of your five best DIY friends and put your skills to the test competing for the ultimate bragging rights. Each month, your team will have three hours to design, engineer and build a new challenge out of cardboard.

    Price: $50/team (up to 5 team members)

    Register: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

    This event is for those 21 and older, and beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. 

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  • The Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio

    Oct 19th, 2018
    10:30am - 1:30pm
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    Join wacky Witch Gertrude, Zombie and Drac as they introduce their Halloween friends. Trick marionettes will perform on a special set with classical music. 

    Today's shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $8 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Tickets for a post-show workshop will be for sale for $3. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule:

    • Saturday, October 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Thursday, October 18 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 19 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 20 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 26 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 28 - 1 & 3 p.m.
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  • Paranormal Investigations

    Oct 19th, 2018
    6:30pm - 11:00pm
    New Harmony State Historic Site

    Explore the historic buildings of New Harmony after hours alongside a host of paranormal investigators. This hands-on experience will allow you to communicate with the souls who may inhabit the space using a variety of real paranormal equipment.

    Price: $50/person. Tickets can be purchased at www.hauntednewharmony.com. Pending availability, tickets can also be purchase day-of.  

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  • Literally, A Haunted House

    Oct 19th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Scaring since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house has all of the thrills and chills you would expect of a haunted house. This haunting takes place in the Carriage House of the Culbertson Mansion. Originally, the carriage house sheltered the family’s horse, buggy and the male servants to the household. After the Mansion was auctioned off, the carriage house fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning tragic fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possessions. Are you brave enough to traverse the haunted carriage house of the Culbertson Mansion? Come, if you dare!

    Price: $15/person
    Tickets: Purchased at the door

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  • Corydon Bus Trip

    Oct 20th, 2018
    8:00am - 6:00pm
    Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

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    We’re pleased to invite you on a fall bus trip to the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site. Join us Saturday, October 20, to explore Indiana’s first state capital and see how the Hoosier state was organized. Enjoy lunch, 1816s style, as we dine with Governor and First Lady Jennings in an elegant lunch setting with food prepared from historic recipes. Top off the day by shopping local arts and crafts alongside musical entertainment at Glasstoberfest in downtown Corydon, where you can observe the art of glassmaking.

    We will depart the Indiana State Museum at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m.

    Tickets are $70 per person and cover the cost of coach transportation, tour fees, lunch and snacks.

    Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 19. To register, click "Get Tickets" below or call visitor services at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited. A schedule with tour times will be sent in advance of the trip to all attendees.

    If you have questions, please contact Membership Manager Carrie Miller at 317.233.9348 or via email at cmiller@indianamuseum.org.

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  • The Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio

    Oct 20th, 2018
    10:30am - 1:30pm
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    Join wacky Witch Gertrude, Zombie and Drac as they introduce their Halloween friends. Trick marionettes will perform on a special set with classical music. 

    Today's shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $8 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Tickets for a post-show workshop will be for sale for $3. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule:

    • Saturday, October 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Thursday, October 18 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 19 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 20 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 26 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 28 - 1 & 3 p.m.
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  • Circle the City

    Oct 20th, 2018
    Noon - 9:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Girl Scouts are invited to this overnight adventure at the Indiana State Museum! Activities will include over 80 community partners and hands-on programming, ending with a sleepover at the museum for those who choose to stay. Try your hand at a pottery wheel, grab a mic and sing karaoke, explore video game design, build a vertical wind tunnel, learn some new cheers and more!

    Scouts can stay for the day or overnight.

    Price: $8/scout, $6/adult for daytime-only activities; $10/scout, $8/adult for daytime and overnight activities

    Registration is required by Oct. 13 and can be made by calling the Central Indiana Girl Scouts office at (317) 924.6811.

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  • Halloween Hullabaloo

    Oct 20th, 2018
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Angel Mounds State Historic Site

    Visitors are invited to evenings of spooky fun at Angel Mounds State Historic Site this October. Test your bravery in the Haunted Maze and escape the Mummy’s Curse in “The Tomb.” For those less brave, spend time working on games and crafts and take a tour of the grounds on a haunted hayride. Don’t forget to stop by the concession stand to warm up with a mug of hot chocolate! Visitors are invited to bring their trick-or-treat bags to collect candy throughout the night.

    Price: $5/person, free for children age 3 and younger

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  • Spooks and Spirits

    Oct 20th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Limberlost State Historic Site

    Just in time for Halloween, join storyteller Glory-June Greiff around a campfire at the Loblolly Pavilion to enjoy Halloween-themed stories. After hearing chilling stories, you’ll warm up by roasting marshmallows and going on a night hike.

    This event is free.

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  • Literally, A Haunted House

    Oct 20th, 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Scaring since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house has all of the thrills and chills you would expect of a haunted house. This haunting takes place in the Carriage House of the Culbertson Mansion. Originally, the carriage house sheltered the family’s horse, buggy and the male servants to the household. After the Mansion was auctioned off, the carriage house fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning tragic fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possessions. Are you brave enough to traverse the haunted carriage house of the Culbertson Mansion? Come, if you dare!

    Price: $15/person
    Tickets: Purchased at the door

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  • Ghost Walks

    Oct 20th, 2018
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

    Is Lanier Mansion haunted? Find out for yourself during a ghost walk this fall. Attendees will go inside the mansion and enjoy a nighttime, behind-the-scenes tour of the home, hearing spooky stories related to the house and its former inhabitants. After the tour, visitors can journey on to three other locations to hear stories about those sites as well, with the final stop at the Broadway Tavern – where participants age 21 and older can enjoy an additional “spirit” if they wish.

    Price: $15/adult, $7/youth ages 12 to 17, not recommended for those under age 12. Reservations are required by calling 812.265.3526.

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  • Spooky Halloween Cruises

    Oct 20th, 2018
    7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

    Experience a spooky night boat ride this October, when the Ben Franklin III canal boat will be hauntingly decorated and staff will be dressed in costumes for the occasion. A professional storyteller will be on board to tell family-friendly spooky stories. 

    Cruises are at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m.

    Price: $5/person

    This program is held in conjunction with the Haunted Village of Metamora.

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  • Circle the City

    Oct 21st, 2018
    Noon - 9:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Girl Scouts are invited to this overnight adventure at the Indiana State Museum! Activities will include over 80 community partners and hands-on programming, ending with a sleepover at the museum for those who choose to stay. Try your hand at a pottery wheel, grab a mic and sing karaoke, explore video game design, build a vertical wind tunnel, learn some new cheers and more!

    Scouts can stay for the day or overnight.

    Price: $8/scout, $6/adult for daytime-only activities; $10/scout, $8/adult for daytime and overnight activities

    Registration is required by Oct. 13 and can be made by calling the Central Indiana Girl Scouts office at (317) 924.6811.

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  • All locations closed on Mondays

    Oct 22nd, 2018
    All-day Event
    All locations
    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is closed on Mondays, with the exception of New Harmony State Historic Site.
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  • Fort Fright

    Oct 25th, 2018
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Vincennes State Historic Sites

    Have a “spooktacular” time at the haunted trail around Fort Knox II and experience scare scenes based on local lore and legend. During the “no-scare hours,” little ones can enjoy games, a hay ride and more. During the “haunted trail hours,” families can test their courage with spooky experiences at dramatic stations around Fort Knox II.

    Price: $8/adult, $5/child under the age of 12

     

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