Calendar

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.  

  • Indiana State Museum at the Indiana State Fair

    Aug 14th, 2018
    All-day Event
    Indiana State Fairgrounds

    Enjoy 16 days of thrilling performances and engaging activities, all while learning about Indiana’s history during the most anticipated event of the summer. Play along with Raggedy Ann, volunteer to help dig Indiana’s canals with Sully, peek under the hood of Elwood Haynes’ first automobile, and shake hands with Abraham Lincoln himself. Don’t forget to make a paper flower for that someone special, write them a letter with your newly-learned calligraphy skills, or take them to watch the inaugural broadcast of Indiana’s smallest radio station, WISM, as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts.

    Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Pioneer Village.

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  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Aug 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:

    Physics of Flight 15-minute activity
    August 19 is National Aviation Day! Be prepared by learning all about the physics of flight in this activity series. This week is all about lift!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Indiana Trivia Make 15-minute demonstration
    What is a Hoosier? Which famous celebrities are from Indiana? Test your knowledge of our amazing state!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Cardstock Airplanes 15-minute activity
    Celebrate the spirit of aviation by creating an airplane with cardstock. Use one of our templates or design your own! 
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Indiana State Museum at the Indiana State Fair

    Aug 15th, 2018
    All-day Event
    Indiana State Fairgrounds

    Enjoy 16 days of thrilling performances and engaging activities, all while learning about Indiana’s history during the most anticipated event of the summer. Play along with Raggedy Ann, volunteer to help dig Indiana’s canals with Sully, peek under the hood of Elwood Haynes’ first automobile, and shake hands with Abraham Lincoln himself. Don’t forget to make a paper flower for that someone special, write them a letter with your newly-learned calligraphy skills, or take them to watch the inaugural broadcast of Indiana’s smallest radio station, WISM, as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts.

    Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Pioneer Village.

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  • Small Wonders: Five Senses

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

    Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring 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.

    This month’s theme will focus on the five senses and help little ones explore the world around them.

    Ages:  3 - 5 years old and adults

    Cost:  $9/members; $12/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!

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  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Aug 15th, 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:

    Physics of Flight 15-minute activity
    August 19 is National Aviation Day! Be prepared by learning all about the physics of flight in this activity series. This week is all about lift!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Indiana Trivia Make 15-minute demonstration
    What is a Hoosier? Which famous celebrities are from Indiana? Test your knowledge of our amazing state!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Cardstock Airplanes 15-minute activity
    Celebrate the spirit of aviation by creating an airplane with cardstock. Use one of our templates or design your own! 
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Indiana State Museum at the Indiana State Fair

    Aug 16th, 2018
    All-day Event
    Indiana State Fairgrounds

    Enjoy 16 days of thrilling performances and engaging activities, all while learning about Indiana’s history during the most anticipated event of the summer. Play along with Raggedy Ann, volunteer to help dig Indiana’s canals with Sully, peek under the hood of Elwood Haynes’ first automobile, and shake hands with Abraham Lincoln himself. Don’t forget to make a paper flower for that someone special, write them a letter with your newly-learned calligraphy skills, or take them to watch the inaugural broadcast of Indiana’s smallest radio station, WISM, as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts.

    Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Pioneer Village.

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  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Aug 16th, 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:

    Physics of Flight 15-minute activity
    August 19 is National Aviation Day! Be prepared by learning all about the physics of flight in this activity series. This week is all about lift!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Indiana Trivia Make 15-minute demonstration
    What is a Hoosier? Which famous celebrities are from Indiana? Test your knowledge of our amazing state!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Cardstock Airplanes 15-minute activity
    Celebrate the spirit of aviation by creating an airplane with cardstock. Use one of our templates or design your own! 
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Indiana State Museum at the Indiana State Fair

    Aug 17th, 2018
    All-day Event
    Indiana State Fairgrounds

    Enjoy 16 days of thrilling performances and engaging activities, all while learning about Indiana’s history during the most anticipated event of the summer. Play along with Raggedy Ann, volunteer to help dig Indiana’s canals with Sully, peek under the hood of Elwood Haynes’ first automobile, and shake hands with Abraham Lincoln himself. Don’t forget to make a paper flower for that someone special, write them a letter with your newly-learned calligraphy skills, or take them to watch the inaugural broadcast of Indiana’s smallest radio station, WISM, as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts.

    Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Pioneer Village.

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  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Aug 17th, 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:

    Physics of Flight 15-minute activity
    August 19 is National Aviation Day! Be prepared by learning all about the physics of flight in this activity series. This week is all about lift!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Indiana Trivia Make 15-minute demonstration
    What is a Hoosier? Which famous celebrities are from Indiana? Test your knowledge of our amazing state!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Cardstock Airplanes 15-minute activity
    Celebrate the spirit of aviation by creating an airplane with cardstock. Use one of our templates or design your own! 
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Gene Stratton-Porter's Birthday Open House

    Aug 17th, 2018
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    Join us to celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday with an open house! Visit Gene’s cabin at Wildflower Woods and enjoy a special celebration in honor of her birthday. Visitors will enjoy the cabin, birthday cake in the Carriage House and the beautiful gardens and grounds. 

    This event is free and no RSVP is required.

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  • Indiana State Museum at the Indiana State Fair

    Aug 18th, 2018
    All-day Event
    Indiana State Fairgrounds

    Enjoy 16 days of thrilling performances and engaging activities, all while learning about Indiana’s history during the most anticipated event of the summer. Play along with Raggedy Ann, volunteer to help dig Indiana’s canals with Sully, peek under the hood of Elwood Haynes’ first automobile, and shake hands with Abraham Lincoln himself. Don’t forget to make a paper flower for that someone special, write them a letter with your newly-learned calligraphy skills, or take them to watch the inaugural broadcast of Indiana’s smallest radio station, WISM, as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts.

    Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Pioneer Village.

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  • Small Wonders: Five Senses

    Aug 18th, 2018
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring 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.

    This month’s theme will focus on the five senses and help little ones explore the world around them.

    Ages:  3 - 5 years old and adults

    Cost:  $9/members; $12/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!

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  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Aug 18th, 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:

    Physics of Flight 15-minute activity
    August 19 is National Aviation Day! Be prepared by learning all about the physics of flight in this activity series. This week is all about lift!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Indiana Trivia Make 15-minute demonstration
    What is a Hoosier? Which famous celebrities are from Indiana? Test your knowledge of our amazing state!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Cardstock Airplanes 15-minute activity
    Celebrate the spirit of aviation by creating an airplane with cardstock. Use one of our templates or design your own! 
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Young Explorers: Sensing the World Around Me

    Aug 18th, 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. This month, participants will learn to explore the world around them through all of their senses. This class is for 4- to 6-year-olds.

    Ages:  4 - 6 years old

    Cost:  $10/members; $13/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!

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  • Murder Mystery Dinner

    Aug 18th, 2018
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Corydon State Historic Site

    Join Corydon Capitol State Historic Site for a killer time at the popular murder mystery dinner. You’ll become a character in the mystery and travel back in time to Ancient Rome, spending the evening trying to discover the murderer. A delicious full-course dinner featuring Roman fare will accompany the evening’s events. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 812-738-4890.

    Price: $25/person, includes dinner; for those ages 15+

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  • Star Gazing & Night Hike

    Aug 18th, 2018
    9:00pm - 10:00pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    The site’s naturalist will lead visitors through Sower’s Woods to introduce them to the creatures of the night! Bats, owls, moths and other critters may make an appearance. Depending upon the clarity of the sky, star gazing will then give attendees the opportunity to learn how to identify major constellations, satellites and other celestial bodies by telescope, courtesy of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Visitors are invited to bring binoculars for a closer view of the stars.

    Tickets are $4 per person and can be purchased on-site.

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  • Indiana State Museum at the Indiana State Fair

    Aug 19th, 2018
    All-day Event
    Indiana State Fairgrounds

    Enjoy 16 days of thrilling performances and engaging activities, all while learning about Indiana’s history during the most anticipated event of the summer. Play along with Raggedy Ann, volunteer to help dig Indiana’s canals with Sully, peek under the hood of Elwood Haynes’ first automobile, and shake hands with Abraham Lincoln himself. Don’t forget to make a paper flower for that someone special, write them a letter with your newly-learned calligraphy skills, or take them to watch the inaugural broadcast of Indiana’s smallest radio station, WISM, as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts.

    Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Pioneer Village.

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  • Today's programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Aug 19th, 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:

    Physics of Flight 15-minute activity
    August 19 is National Aviation Day! Be prepared by learning all about the physics of flight in this activity series. This week is all about lift!
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

    Indiana Trivia Make 15-minute demonstration
    What is a Hoosier? Which famous celebrities are from Indiana? Test your knowledge of our amazing state!
    12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

    Cardstock Airplanes 15-minute activity
    Celebrate the spirit of aviation by creating an airplane with cardstock. Use one of our templates or design your own! 
    11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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  • Bluegrass Jamboree

    Aug 19th, 2018
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Limberlost State Historic Site

    Volunteer musicians will gather on the site to play a variety of bluegrass, gospel and folk music. Bring an instrument to join the musicians, or bring a lawn chair to sit back and enjoy the tunes.

    This event is free, but donations are encouraged. No RSVP is required.

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  • All locations closed on Mondays

    Aug 20th, 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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  • Inside the Levi & Catharine Coffin House: A Poetry Workshop

    Aug 25th, 2018
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

    Join Indiana poet Shari Wagner for a special one day poetry workshop at the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site. This workshop for adults allows participants to express their reactions to the Coffin story through poetry. Learn about poetry prompts and models, along with gaining tools for collaborative and individual writing exercises. As part of the workshop, participants will tour both the Coffin Interpretive Center and the 1839 Coffin home.

    This event is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission.

    $10/adult, $8/senior (site admission); reservations are required and can be made by calling 765-847-1691.

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  • Exploring Sylvan’s Shores

    Aug 25th, 2018
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

    Visitors are invited to bring their kayaks and canoes and join site staff on a relaxing paddle around the shores of Sylvan Lake. Explore the same areas that Gene did on some of her earlier visits to Rome City, and enjoy a brief exploration of Boy Scout Island.   

    Tickets are $3 per person and can be purchased on-site.

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  • Bug Fest at Southeastway Park

    Aug 26th, 2018
    1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Southeastway Park

    The Indiana State Museum will head to Southeastway Park to participate in this annual celebration of all things bugs! At this festival, you can join the “swarms” of people earning the Doctorate of Bugology. You’ll be able to walk through a butterfly tent, visit the Cricket Café, join an insect safari, create special Critter Crafts, and more

    Cost:  $5 per vehicle park entrance fee (cash only)

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  • All locations closed on Mondays

    Aug 27th, 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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  • Books, Booze & Brains: "The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World"

    Aug 28th, 2018
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Centerpoint Brewing

    Join facilitator Cari Lewis Tsinovoi and an expert scientist at this monthly book club to talk about a popular science-themed book and sip a signature cocktail mixed by Centerpoint Brewing Company (1125 E Brookside Ave Suite 2B). Books, Booze & Brains is a program of the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Humanitiesand the organizers of March for Science Indianapolis.

    This month's book is "The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World" by Joel K. Bourne. The event is free, and for ages 21+.

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