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.
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:
Cardboard Game Design 15-minute activity
Exercise your creativity in Cardboard Engineering by creating a game out of cardboard. Then come to the Creativity Studio to add the finishing touches!
What is That?! 15-minute demonstration
Discover interesting tools and objects used by Hoosiers in the 19th century. What is that?!
Vortex Cannons 15-minute activity
Experiment with the power of a vortex! Use the cannon to knock down towers of cups.
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
Other Program Dates
This program is offered on Oct. 25, 26 and 27, 2018.
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:
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.
Other Program Dates
This program is offered on Oct. 12, 19 and 26, 2018.
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!
Tickets: Purchased at the door
Other Program Dates
This program is offered on Fridays and Saturdays in October.
During this guided tour, join a Limberlost State Historic Site naturalist on a hike through the Music of the Wild Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. You’ll see incredible wildlife and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the preserve with an expert to point out things you might normally miss.
This event is $4 per person, and tickets will be purchased at the door.
Youth are invited to spend a day with Indiana poet Shari Wagner for a poetry workshop. They will become familiar with the story of Levi and Catharine Coffin, Quakers whose 1839 home was at one time known at the “Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad.” Children will enjoy a guided tour of the Coffin home and then work one-on-one with Wagner, where they will acquire insight into how they can express in words their reactions to the Coffin story and the history of the Underground Railroad.
Price: $5 for youth in grades 1 through 8
This program is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission. Registration is required by Sept. 21 for the Sept. 22 program or Oct. 26 for the Oct. 27 program. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com.
Kids already use cardboard to create many fun and imaginative inventions, but in this program, they’ll learn new ways to use the boxes sitting around at home. Participants will use cardboard as a canvas to create a painting, while learning about mixing colors, using cardboard’s unique natural structure to experiment with texture, and discovering creative ways to paint.
Price: $20/member, $25/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.
Today's shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
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
Tickets: Purchase tickets at the door.
Other Program Dates
This program also is offered on other dates this month. See a full list here.
This date's event is 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.
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.
Other Program Dates
This program is offered Sept. 22 and 29, Oct. 13, 20, 26, and 27, 2018.
Just in time for Halloween, get a behind-the-scenes tour of Corydon’s more gruesome history. This walking tour will take you to the alleged haunts around the town, and Corydon Capitol State Historic Site staff will even talk about their own experiences with the unknown inside the Hendricks House and Capitol Building.
Price: $15/non-member, $10/member
Registration is required, and this event frequently sells out. Reservations can be made by calling (812) 738-4890.
Today's shows are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Are you ready to move beyond building rocket ships and submarines and find new ways to use cardboard? Explore cardboard as a creative material by using it as a canvas for your own painting. Participants will learn about mixing colors and use cardboard’s unique natural structure to experiment with texture and creative ways to paint.
Register: Registration is required by Oct. 23. Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.
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 of “The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World” by Steven Johnson.
This event is for those 21 and older.
Students will connect to the museum on a deeper level as they interact with handson, minds-on activities throughout the museum on these special STEAM Days. The galleries will have 8-10 activities spread throughout all three floors to tinker and discover Indiana’s connections to science, technology, engineering, art and math. Look for a special bonus in the Education Center for a design challenge that will complement our Cardboard Engineering experience. Students will have a real-world challenge to try to solve using low cost/recycled materials.
There is limited space so register early! Contact Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a STEAM Day field trip.
Cost: $6 per student/$2 per chaperone, free for teachers.
This November, honor the contributions of Hoosier veterans and learn about the state’s military history during the annual “Heroes from the Heartland” exhibition. Show your patriotic pride by sending photos of your family’s veterans to email@example.com along with visiting the museum to see the display and enjoy live performances.
Noted Indiana singer, songwriter and storyteller Tom Roznowski and pianist Mike Lucas will perform works by Hoosier composers Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Albert Von Tilzer and Paul Dresser. They will also tell stories about these famous composers.
This concert is free, but please RSVP by November 1 by calling 812.273.0556.
Enjoy an authentic Hoosier meal in a recreated frontier-era tavern during this unique dining experience. The dinner will feature a regional menu and musical program highlighting folk talks and storytelling.
Price: $20/member, $25/non-member. Reservations are required by Oct. 26 and can be made by calling (812) 882-7422.
During this special hike, you’ll enjoy a wildlife presentation before exploring the marsh at night. Show off your talents in the Firelight Theater Variety Show, and then finish off a night of nocturnal adventure by roasting marshmallows for s’mores.
Price: $4/adult, $3/youth ages 3-17, free for children age 3 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
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, explore the feasts of Indiana’s First Nations through special programming.
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 discounted group rate.
Calling all artists! Come to the Indiana State Museum to use your creativity to construct your own sculptural masterpiece. Using found objects, Girl Scouts will think like an engineer during the development of their artwork.
Price: $12/Girl Scout, $1/adult
Register: Registration is required by October 27. Register for the 10 a.m. session here, and for the 1 p.m. session here. Or, call the Central Indiana Girl Scouts office at (317) 924.6811.
This program is offered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. The 10 a.m. class is for scouts in grades 2 through 5; the 1 p.m. class is for scouts in grades 6 through 8.
Join us as we explore life itself. Students from Butler University’s Department of Biological Sciences will be on hand throughout the day to provide fascinating insights into the realm of biology. From cells and DNA to our human bodies and all living things, discover how all life is connected.
This event is inclued with museum general admission. Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>
Learn how Levi and Catharine Coffin helped freedom seekers in the 1800s through sewing circles, hidden rooms and in other ways too. Meet Levi Coffin, explore the Coffin home on a guided tour and interact with history. Girl Scouts must pre-register to participate.
This event is for grades 4 through 12.
Cost: $6/girl; $2/adult
Register: Contact Kate Weidner at 317.924.6834
Join us as we design and create take-home pieces inspired by Gene Stratton-Porter and her love of nature. Staff and volunteers will guide you as you create pieces using natural elements that Gene showcased in her home in Wildflower Woods. Each session includes supplies, snacks and Indiana-made wine.
Tickets are $25 per person, and reservations are required by Nov. 1. Contact us to RSVP. This event is for those 21 and over.
Join us for the annual Veterans Day Concert featuring the Indianapolis Municipal Band. Rousing patriotic marches, traditional American songs and spirited folk tune arrangements are all part of the fun. This program will take place in the museum’s great hall.
This event is included with museum general admission. Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>
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.
This event is for those 21 and older, with drinks and snacks available for purchase.
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, your little one will get messy as they explore different states of matter, including a mysterious substance called “oobleck” and conduct experiments.
Price: $9 members/$12 non-members
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.
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.
Price: Free, donations accepted
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)
This event is for those 21 and older, and beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase.
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 be inspired by brick artwork at the museum, and participants will create their own artwork using blocks and paint.
Price: $10 members/$13 non-members
This program is for 4- to 6-year-olds to attend on their own.
Bring the whole family and explore the Indiana State Museum’s latest experiences, Art of the Brick and Cardboard Engineering. The Art of the Brick is a must-see global phenomenon exhibiting the masterful use of LEGO® bricks to create colorful, awe-inspiring sculptures. Cardboard Engineering lets you turn your imagination into reality through open-ended, creative play using cardboard, tape and a few handy tools. Each experience creates a unique, interactive and engaging family experience where kids and adults can design, build and make together.
Price: $11.95/adult, $6.95/youth age 3 to 17, $10.95/senior age 60 and older, free for children age 3 and younger.
Register: Contact the Central Indiana Girl Scouts office at (317) 924.6811.
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