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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

    Dec 13th, 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:

    Animal Adaptations 15-minute activity
    Indiana animals are masters of adaptation. Find out how some animals keep up with a changing environment.
    11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Indiana Trivia 15-minute demonstration
    Are you an Indiana Expert? Test your knowledge about the Hoosier State!
    Noon & 2 p.m.

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  • Christmas at the Puppet Studio

    Dec 13th, 2018
    10:30am - 1:00pm
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    The whole family will enjoy this music-and-puppet-filled Christmas variety show. Mozart & Ludmilla, the mice who live in the piano, host this well-loved show. A perfect gift for the family.

    Tickets are $12 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule

    • Sunday, December 2 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 6 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 7 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 8 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 9 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 14 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 15 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 20 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 21 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 22 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
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  • Holiday Sounds

    Dec 13th, 2018
    10:30am - 1:15pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Get into the holiday spirit by listening to local school and community choirs, bands, ensembles and soloists perform holiday music in the museum’s Great Hall, surrounded by festive decorations and atmosphere. Click here to see a schedule of performers. 

    To sign up your performance, contact Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Supper with Santa and Friends

    Dec 13th, 2018
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at this members-only family-friendly buffet featuring holiday classics such as L.S. Ayres chicken velvet soup, carved turkey, Santa’s sundae bar and other treats. Plus, ride the Santa Claus Express train, enjoy live music from The Rusty Musket and play in Santa’s Workshop. The first 100 families to register receive a free keepsake photo with Santa.

    Price: Member adult, $30; Member youth (ages 3-12), $16; Member child under 3, free
    Tickets: Purchase tickets online or by calling 317.232.1637. The deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 7, 2018. Purchase tickets >>

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  • Celebration Crossing: Preschool Fridays

    Dec 14th, 2018
    9:00am - 10:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bring your little one ages 5 and younger for an hour of special activities, including interactive story time with elves, building a snowman and early access to the Santa Claus Express train. 

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
    Get Tickets: Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • Today's Programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Dec 14th, 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:

    Animal Adaptations 15-minute activity
    Indiana animals are masters of adaptation. Find out how some animals keep up with a changing environment.
    11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Indiana Trivia 15-minute demonstration
    Are you an Indiana Expert? Test your knowledge about the Hoosier State!
    Noon & 2 p.m.

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  • Holiday Sounds

    Dec 14th, 2018
    10:30am - 1:15pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Get into the holiday spirit by listening to local school and community choirs, bands, ensembles and soloists perform holiday music in the museum’s Great Hall, surrounded by festive decorations and atmosphere. Click here to see a schedule of performers. 

    To sign up your performance, contact Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Bear’s First Snow

    Dec 14th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bears usually hibernate in the winter, but our bear really, really wants to see his first snowflake. So, Bear decided to skip hibernation – and celebrate. Can Bear stay up? Will Bear see his first snow? Learn about winter and help keep Bear awake during this interactive play for families with children ages 3-5.

    Price: $4/members, $5/non-members; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event.
    Dates: This program is offered Dec. 14-16 and 28-30.

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  • Metamora Old Fashioned Christmas Walk

    Dec 14th, 2018
    Noon - 9:00pm
    Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

    Visit Indiana’s Canal Town at one of the prettiest times of the year this holiday season. Enjoy festive decorations, live music, Santa, shopping and more. Visit the Grist Mill to see corn grinding demonstrations and purchase freshly ground corn to take home.

    This event is free and no registration is required.

    Dates: 12 to 9 p.m., Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15; 12 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16
    Questions? Call us at 765.647.6512 or email whitewatercanalshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Clue Party

    Dec 14th, 2018
    8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Explore the mansion, discover the clues and solve three murders – all while dressed as your favorite Clue character. Plus, watch the film and enjoy themed hors d’oeuvres.

    Ages: This event is for those ages 21 and older.
    Prices: $25/members, $30/non-members
    Tickets: Please purchase tickets in advance by calling 812.944.9600.
    Questions? Call us at 812.944.9600 or email culbertsonmansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Santa’s Holiday Breakfast

    Dec 15th, 2018
    8:00am - 9:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Enjoy a delicious and festive breakfast featuring live music in the nostalgic L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ and Farmers Market Cafe. After your meal, visit Santa in his house and take a ride on the Santa Claus Express.

    Seating options: 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.

    Price: $24.50/member adult, $15.75/member youth ages 3-12; $33/non-member adult, $24.25/non-member youth ages 3-12; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets:
    Make your reservation online by purchasing tickets for your desired seating time. Members, purchase tickets here, and nonmembers, purchase tickets here.

    Offered dates: 

    • Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, seatings at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.
    • Dec. 1, 15, 22, seatings at 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.
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  • Small Wonders: Winter Wonderland

    Dec 15th, 2018
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Children will be inspired by the winter world around them. From investigating snowflakes and ice, kids will explore all things winter! Other activities include an interactive story time, snowy sensory play, and card making.

    Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers and their 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. Our monthly program will build your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as they engage in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, movement, art and gallery exploration. 

    Cost: $9 members/$12 non-members
    Register: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.
    Other dates offered: This program is offered Wednesday, December 12 and Saturday, December 15 from 10 to 11 a.m.

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  • Brick Art and Design Studios

    Dec 15th, 2018
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Are you inspired by the artwork in THE ART OF THE BRICK? Do you want to discover new ways of using your building bricks to create wonderful pieces of art? Join the folks from Snapology during our Brick Art and Design Studios and learn to create unique pieces of art. Each one-hour studio will focus on something different:

    December 1Sculpture Art
    December 8: Pop Art
    December 15: Contemporary Art

    Bricks will be provided during the studio for you to build the creations from your imagination. Photos of your creations will be provided to take home.

    Ages: 5 - 12
    Cost:
    $12 members; $15 non-members
    Register: Members, purchase tickets online here, and nonmembers, purchase tickets online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

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  • Christmas at the Puppet Studio

    Dec 15th, 2018
    10:30am - 3:30pm
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    The whole family will enjoy this music-and-puppet-filled Christmas variety show. Mozart & Ludmilla, the mice who live in the piano, host this well-loved show. A perfect gift for the family.

    Tickets are $12 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule

    • Sunday, December 2 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 6 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 7 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 8 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 9 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 14 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 15 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 20 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 21 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 22 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
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  • Bear’s First Snow

    Dec 15th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bears usually hibernate in the winter, but our bear really, really wants to see his first snowflake. So, Bear decided to skip hibernation – and celebrate. Can Bear stay up? Will Bear see his first snow? Learn about winter and help keep Bear awake during this interactive play for families with children ages 3-5.

    Price: $4/members, $5/non-members; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event.
    Dates: This program is offered Dec. 14-16 and 28-30.

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  • Metamora Old Fashioned Christmas Walk

    Dec 15th, 2018
    Noon - 9:00pm
    Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

    Visit Indiana’s Canal Town at one of the prettiest times of the year this holiday season. Enjoy festive decorations, live music, Santa, shopping and more. Visit the Grist Mill to see corn grinding demonstrations and purchase freshly ground corn to take home.

    This event is free and no registration is required.

    Dates: 12 to 9 p.m., Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15; 12 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16
    Questions? Call us at 765.647.6512 or email whitewatercanalshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Holiday Sounds

    Dec 15th, 2018
    12:15pm - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Get into the holiday spirit by listening to local school and community choirs, bands, ensemble sand soloists perform holiday music in the museum’s great hall, surrounded by festive decorations and atmosphere.

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
    Get Tickets: Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>
    Offered Times: Holiday sounds is offered at the museum Dec. 2-16; 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday; 12:15 to 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

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  • Young Explorers: Winter Exploration

    Dec 15th, 2018
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Be a big kid and join us for these 90 minute drop-off classes that encourage creativity, exploration, and independence in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination.

    Our explorers will have the chance to explore all things winter in this month’s program.  From taking an up close look at snowflakes to discovering what animals do in the winter—kids will become wintery experts. Other activities include an interactive story time, snowy sensory play, and exhibit exploration time.

    Cost: $10 members/$13 non-members
    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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  • Santa’s Holiday Breakfast

    Dec 16th, 2018
    9:00am - 10:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Enjoy a delicious and festive breakfast featuring live music in the nostalgic L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ and Farmers Market Cafe. After your meal, visit Santa in his house and take a ride on the Santa Claus Express.

    Seating options: 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

    Price: $24.50/member adult, $15.75/member youth ages 3-12; $33/non-member adult, $24.25/non-member youth ages 3-12; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets:
    Make your reservation online by purchasing tickets for your desired seating time. Members, purchase tickets here, and nonmembers, purchase tickets here.

    Offered dates: 

    • Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, seatings at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.
    • Dec. 1, 15, 22, seatings at 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.
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  • Bear’s First Snow

    Dec 16th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bears usually hibernate in the winter, but our bear really, really wants to see his first snowflake. So, Bear decided to skip hibernation – and celebrate. Can Bear stay up? Will Bear see his first snow? Learn about winter and help keep Bear awake during this interactive play for families with children ages 3-5.

    Price: $4/members, $5/non-members; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event.
    Dates: This program is offered Dec. 14-16 and 28-30.

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  • Metamora Old Fashioned Christmas Walk

    Dec 16th, 2018
    Noon - 5:00pm
    Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

    Visit Indiana’s Canal Town at one of the prettiest times of the year this holiday season. Enjoy festive decorations, live music, Santa, shopping and more. Visit the Grist Mill to see corn grinding demonstrations and purchase freshly ground corn to take home.

    This event is free and no registration is required.

    Dates: 12 to 9 p.m., Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15; 12 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16
    Questions? Call us at 765.647.6512 or email whitewatercanalshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Holiday Sounds

    Dec 16th, 2018
    12:15pm - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Get into the holiday spirit by listening to local school and community choirs, bands, ensemble sand soloists perform holiday music in the museum’s great hall, surrounded by festive decorations and atmosphere.

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
    Get Tickets: Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>
    Offered Times: Holiday sounds is offered at the museum Dec. 2-16; 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday; 12:15 to 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

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  • Certain Locations Closed on Mondays in December

    Dec 17th, 2018
    All-day Event
    State Historic Sites
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  • Christmas Bird Count

    Dec 17th, 2018
    7:35pm - 8:35pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    Participate in one of the oldest citizen science projects this holiday season during the annual Christmas Bird Count. The count has occurred for 118 years, and birdwatchers of all skill levels are welcome as staff, volunteers and participants hit the fields to assist the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

    Price: Free
    Register: Registration is required by Dec. 14 by visiting www.genestratton-porter.com/events or calling 260.854.3790.
    Questions? Call us at 260.854.3790 or email genestrattonportershs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Christmas at the Puppet Studio

    Dec 20th, 2018
    10:30am - 3:30pm
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    The whole family will enjoy this music-and-puppet-filled Christmas variety show. Mozart & Ludmilla, the mice who live in the piano, host this well-loved show. A perfect gift for the family.

    Tickets are $12 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule

    • Sunday, December 2 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 6 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 7 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 8 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 9 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 14 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 15 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 20 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 21 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 22 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
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  • The Ultimate Engineering Challenge

    Dec 20th, 2018
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Do you have mad engineering or design skills? Then pull together a team of your best DIY friends and put your skills to the test competing for the ultimate bragging rights. Your challenge will be to design, engineer and build a Santa-inspired cardboard creation.

    Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

    Ages: 21+
    Price: $10/member, $15/non-member, includes one free Ash & Elm drink ticket
    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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  • Celebration Crossing: Preschool Fridays

    Dec 21st, 2018
    9:00am - 10:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bring your little one ages 5 and younger for an hour of special activities, including interactive story time with elves, building a snowman and early access to the Santa Claus Express train. 

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
    Get Tickets: Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

    More Details
  • Christmas at the Puppet Studio

    Dec 21st, 2018
    10:30am - 1:30pm
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    The whole family will enjoy this music-and-puppet-filled Christmas variety show. Mozart & Ludmilla, the mice who live in the piano, host this well-loved show. A perfect gift for the family.

    Tickets are $12 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule

    • Sunday, December 2 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 6 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 7 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 8 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 9 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 14 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 15 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 20 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 21 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 22 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
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  • Magic at the Mansion

    Dec 21st, 2018
    6:30pm - 11:00pm
    Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

    Bring your holiday guests to experience the wonder of Christmas magic. Magician Richard Darshwood will perform tableside tricks, as well as invite attendees to participate in an interactive show. Concessions will be available for purchase at the family show, and batch cocktails are included with the adult show ticket. 

    Family show - 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Price: $15/adult members, $10/child members; $20/adult non-members, $15/child non-members
    Tickets: Please purchase tickets in advance by calling 812.944.9600.
    Questions? Call us at 812.944.9600 or email culbertsonmansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

    Adult show (21+) - 9 to 11 p.m.
    Price: $25/members, $30/non-members
    Tickets: Please purchase tickets in advance by calling 812.944.9600.
    Questions? Call us at 812.944.9600 or email culbertsonmansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Santa’s Holiday Breakfast

    Dec 22nd, 2018
    8:00am - 9:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Enjoy a delicious and festive breakfast featuring live music in the nostalgic L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ and Farmers Market Cafe. After your meal, visit Santa in his house and take a ride on the Santa Claus Express.

    Seating options: 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.

    Price: $24.50/member adult, $15.75/member youth ages 3-12; $33/non-member adult, $24.25/non-member youth ages 3-12; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets:
    Make your reservation online by purchasing tickets for your desired seating time. Members, purchase tickets here, and nonmembers, purchase tickets here.

    Offered dates: 

    • Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, seatings at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.
    • Dec. 1, 15, 22, seatings at 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.
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  • Christmas at the Puppet Studio

    Dec 22nd, 2018
    10:30am - 3:30pm
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    The whole family will enjoy this music-and-puppet-filled Christmas variety show. Mozart & Ludmilla, the mice who live in the piano, host this well-loved show. A perfect gift for the family.

    Tickets are $12 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule

    • Sunday, December 2 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 6 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 7 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 8 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 9 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 14 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 15 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 20 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 21 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 22 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
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  • Santa’s Holiday Breakfast

    Dec 23rd, 2018
    9:00am - 10:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Enjoy a delicious and festive breakfast featuring live music in the nostalgic L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ and Farmers Market Cafe. After your meal, visit Santa in his house and take a ride on the Santa Claus Express.

    Seating options: 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

    Price: $24.50/member adult, $15.75/member youth ages 3-12; $33/non-member adult, $24.25/non-member youth ages 3-12; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets:
    Make your reservation online by purchasing tickets for your desired seating time. Members, purchase tickets here, and nonmembers, purchase tickets here.

    Offered dates: 

    • Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, seatings at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.
    • Dec. 1, 15, 22, seatings at 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.
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  • Indiana State Museum is OPEN

    Dec 24th, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum
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  • CLOSED: State Historic Sites

    Dec 24th, 2018
    All-day Event
    State Historic Sites

    The Indiana State Museum is OPEN, but the State Historic Sites are CLOSED on December 24.

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  • CLOSED: Museum and Historic Sites

    Dec 25th, 2018
    All-day Event

    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is closed on December 25.

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  • The 12 Days of Winter

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

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
    Get Tickets: Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • The 12 Days of Winter

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

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
    Get Tickets: Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • Christmas at the Puppet Studio

    Dec 27th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:30am
    Peewinkles Puppets at the Indiana State Museum

    The whole family will enjoy this music-and-puppet-filled Christmas variety show. Mozart & Ludmilla, the mice who live in the piano, host this well-loved show. A perfect gift for the family.

    Tickets are $12 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.

    Full show schedule

    • Sunday, December 2 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 6 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 7 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 8 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 9 - 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 13 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 14 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 15 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 20 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Friday, December 21 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 22 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
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  • Celebration Crossing: Preschool Fridays

    Dec 28th, 2018
    9:00am - 10:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bring your little one ages 5 and younger for an hour of special activities, including interactive story time with elves, building a snowman and early access to the Santa Claus Express train. 

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
    Get Tickets: Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • The 12 Days of Winter

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

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • Bear’s First Snow

    Dec 28th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bears usually hibernate in the winter, but our bear really, really wants to see his first snowflake. So, Bear decided to skip hibernation – and celebrate. Can Bear stay up? Will Bear see his first snow? Learn what makes the wintertime cool and keep Bear awake during this interactive play for families with children ages 3-5.

    Price: $4/members, $5/non-members; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event.
    Dates: This program is offered Dec. 14-16 and 28-30.

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  • Wacky Winter Wonder Radio Waves

    Dec 28th, 2018
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Join the museum’s theater troupe in an interactive mash-up of holiday melodies, soap operas, sci-fi and more as the radio show cast performs according to the audience-controlled dial. Is the time era 1942? 1776? It’s all up to you in this family-friendly program.

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
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  • The 12 Days of Winter

    Dec 29th, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • Bear’s First Snow

    Dec 29th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bears usually hibernate in the winter, but our bear really, really wants to see his first snowflake. So, Bear decided to skip hibernation – and celebrate. Can Bear stay up? Will Bear see his first snow? Learn what makes the wintertime cool and keep Bear awake during this interactive play for families with children ages 3-5.

    Price: $4/members, $5/non-members; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event.
    Dates: This program is offered Dec. 14-16 and 28-30.

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  • Wacky Winter Wonder Radio Waves

    Dec 29th, 2018
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Join the museum’s theater troupe in an interactive mash-up of holiday melodies, soap operas, sci-fi and more as the radio show cast performs according to the audience-controlled dial. Is the time era 1942? 1776? It’s all up to you in this family-friendly program.

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
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  • The 12 Days of Winter

    Dec 30th, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • Bear’s First Snow

    Dec 30th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bears usually hibernate in the winter, but our bear really, really wants to see his first snowflake. So, Bear decided to skip hibernation – and celebrate. Can Bear stay up? Will Bear see his first snow? Learn what makes the wintertime cool and keep Bear awake during this interactive play for families with children ages 3-5.

    Price: $4/members, $5/non-members; free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event.
    Dates: This program is offered Dec. 14-16 and 28-30.

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  • The 12 Days of Winter

    Dec 31st, 2018
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • Limberlost New Year’s Eve

    Dec 31st, 2018
    11:00am - 12:30pm
    Limberlost State Historic Site

    Families will enjoy crafts, games and a balloon drop during this family-friendly New Year’s Eve event. Countdown to “midnight” at noon and ring in the New Year with all the hoopla it deserves. Refreshments are included with ticket purchase.

    Price: $4/adult member, $3/youth member ages 3-12; $5/adult non-member, $4/youth non-member ages 3-12
    Tickets: Purchase tickets at the door
    Questions? Call us at 260.368.7428 or email limberlostshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Certain Locations Closed on Mondays in December

    Dec 31st, 2018
    All-day Event
    State Historic Sites
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  • Family New Year’s Eve

    Dec 31st, 2018
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Welcome 2019 with face painting, magic, music, dancing and a balloon drop (8 p.m.) at this family-friendly New Year’s Eve party! Reserve your spot early so you don’t miss out.

    This is an alcohol free event.

    Cost: $10/member, $16/non-member, free for children younger than age 3
    Get Tickets: Members, purchase tickets here; and nonmembers, purchase tickets here.

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  • The 12 Days of Winter

    Jan 1st, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • The 12 Days of Winter

    Jan 2nd, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • The 12 Days of Winter

    Jan 3rd, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • Fashion Luncheon

    Jan 3rd, 2019
    Noon - 2:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Get a sneak peek of the upcoming Color of Style experience (opening March16) from a museum conservator over lunch in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™. Then, take an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of some of the stunning fashions from our fabulous collection.

    Ages: This program is open to all ages.
    Price: 
    $10/members, $12/non-members, plus purchase of any menu items; does not include museum admission
    Tickets: Members, purchase tickets here; and nonmembers, purchase tickets here.

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  • Celebration Crossing: Preschool Fridays

    Jan 4th, 2019
    9:00am - 10:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Bring your little one ages 5 and younger for an hour of special activities, including interactive story time with elves, building a snowman and early access to the Santa Claus Express train. 

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
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  • The 12 Days of Winter

    Jan 4th, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • The 12 Days of Winter

    Jan 5th, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • The 12 Days of Winter

    Jan 6th, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Santa has returned to the North Pole, but the winter fun is still going strong! Come create snowmen, have an indoor snowball fight, participate in interactive story time in Santa’s house, help take care of Santa’s reindeer and more. 

    Dates: Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
    Cost:
     Included with museum general admission. 
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  • Tea and Theater with Your Lovey

    Jan 6th, 2019
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Bring your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy high tea in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ featuring delicate finger sandwiches, pastries and more. Then, enjoy an exclusive showing of the play, Bear’s First Snow, in the auditorium.

    Price: $4/members, $5/non-members, plus purchase of any menu items;
    museum admission not included
    Tickets: Members, purchase tickets here; and nonmembers, purchase tickets here.

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  • All Locations Closed on Mondays*

    Jan 7th, 2019
    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: Famous Hoosier Scientists

    Jan 8th, 2019
    9:30am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Dive into a world of investigation and discovery during these two-hour classes designed to stimulate an interest in science, art, history and culture. Classes occur on the first Tuesday of the month. Adults join their learners for an interactive family experience. 

    From Gene Stratton-Porter to Percy L. Julian, Indiana is full of fascinating scientists! Explore how Hoosier scientists’ cutting-edge research affected the world, and conduct your own scientific experiments.

    Ages: 6 through 13
    Price: 
    $8/members, $10/non-members, Museum admission not included, but can be purchased for discounted group rate.
    Tickets: 
    Members can purchase tickets online here, and nonmembers can purchase tickets online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to purchase tickets by phone. The deadline to purchase tickets is three days before the program.

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  • Little Learners: Becoming Scientists

    Jan 8th, 2019
    9:45am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Little Learners offers different STEAM-based, hands-on experiences like station explorations, story time, and collaborative projects for 3- to 5-year-olds. The last 30 minutes will be comprised of free-choice play, allowing the child to build creativity, foster decision-making skills and independence. This month, our little learners will do hands-on experiments and explore all things STEAM. 

    This program is offered concurrent with Homeschool Tuesdays to accommodate families with the littlest learners. While the big kids enjoy STEAM-based activities and explore, so will their youngest siblings in this companion program. 

    Children must be accompanied by an adult; younger siblings are welcome.

    Price: $8/members, $10/non-members, free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets: Members can purchase tickets online here, and nonmembers can purchase tickets online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to purchase tickets by phone. The deadline to purchase tickets is three days before the program.

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  • Tin Pan Hoosiers

    Jan 8th, 2019
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Vincennes State Historic Site

    Experience the history and sounds of Indiana’s song writers during this fivepart series. Each session includes audio and video tours, live performances and stories about the writers and their songs, from early musical influences to jazz, rock and roll, and more.

    Price: $40/members, $50/non-members
    Register: Registration is required by Jan. 4 and can be made by calling 812.882.7422.
    Dates: Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, Feb. 5
    Questions? Call us at 812.882.7422 or email vincennesshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Small Wonders: Light Exploration

    Jan 9th, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Children and families will explore light with the help of an interactive story time and engaging stations. They will have an opportunity to engage with fun-filled activities such as shadow art, glow in the dark sensory exploration, and light table play. 

    Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers and their 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. Our monthly program builds your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as he or she engages in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, movement, art and gallery exploration. 

    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.

    Other Program Dates
    This program also is offered Wednesday, January 9 OR Saturday, January 12.

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  • The Ultimate Engineering Challenge

    Jan 10th, 2019
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Do you have mad engineering or design skills? Then pull together a team of your best DIY friends and put your skills to the test competing for the ultimate bragging rights. Your challenge will be to design, engineer and build a winter fort that can weather an epic “snowball” challenge happening at the end of the night.

    Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

    Ages: 21+
    Price: 
    $10/member, $15/non-member 
    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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  • Small Wonders: Light Exploration

    Jan 12th, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Children and families will explore light with the help of an interactive story time and engaging stations. They will have an opportunity to engage with fun-filled activities such as shadow art, glow in the dark sensory exploration, and light table play. 

    Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers and their 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. Our monthly program builds your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as he or she engages in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, movement, art and gallery exploration. 

    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.

    Other Program Dates
    This program also is offered Wednesday, January 9 OR Saturday, January 12.

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  • Angel Mounds Preschool Adventures

    Jan 12th, 2019
    11:00am - Noon
    Angel Mounds State Historic Site

    Does your preschooler love dirt? Come learn about the people who spend their whole professional lives digging in the dirt. Archaeologists learn about people who have lived in past times from the objects they excavate. Bring your little one ages 3 - 5 to explore with staff at Angel Mounds and dig in the dirt, create your own pottery artwork and learn a little bit about the work of archaeologists.

    Price: $3/members, $5/non-members
    Register: Registration is required by the Wednesday prior to the program and can be made by emailing ebostelman@indianamuseum.org
    Questions? Call us at 812.853.3956 or email angelmoundsshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Young Explorers: Music & Movement

    Jan 12th, 2019
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Drop off your child at a class to encourage creativity, exploration and independence in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination. This month, children will become musicians as they take part in an interactive musical storytelling. Other activities include making their own instruments, exploring sound waves, and a musical art project.

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

    Price: $10 members/$13 non-members

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    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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