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.
Join Indy Honor Flight and the Indiana State Museum for a conversation with World War II Veterans. This unique opportunity provides audiences with a chance to glimpse history first hand. Students will have a chance to interact with several Hoosier combat veterans in a 90-minute panel discussion. This is a free program, but space is limited. To register, contact Sarah Rapp-Johnson at 317.233.8958.
> Free to school field trip bookings
Celebration Crossing, featuring the L.S. Ayres Santa Claus Express, opens at 10 a.m. anticipating the arrival by the Man in Red at noon. Santa lands by helicopter on the museum’s front lawn where he is greeted by hundreds of guests anxious to be the first to tell him their wishes for the coming holiday. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir performs in the museum’s Great Hall from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The museum remains open until 5 p.m. The official greeters this year are Indiana State Museum and Historic Site members, Jay and Lisa Bhatt, and their children Nick, Sam and Ana.
> Included with museum admission; Free to members
Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents Peewinkle’s Holiday Cabaret.
Back by popular demand, this large puppet production will celebrate the many international winter festivals: Hanukkah, Kwanzza, Diwali, Chinese New Year and Christmas. Many styles of puppets will perform on the 36 ft. set in the auditorium of the Indiana State Museum. Ideal for pre-school through 3rd grade students, and families. Educational material is provided for teachers with school groups.
> Children 2 and younger: Free
To buy tickets online, click here.
For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.org.
Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio discount:
Receive $2 off museum admission with the purchase of a full-priced Peewinkle’s ticket on the same day. Not available online.
Santa’s Holiday Breakfast
Nov. 26, 2017
Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23, 2017
Sunday seatings at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.
Saturday seatings at 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.
Join us for a delicious breakfast buffet featuring live music and roving holiday characters. The menu includes a fresh fruit medley with yogurt dip, warmed assorted breakfast muffins with butter, scrambled eggs with toppings that include shredded cheese, chopped bacon, sautéed mushrooms, salsa and catsup, Potatoes O’Brien, Applewood smoked bacon, tater tots, southern style biscuits and sausage gravy, French toast sticks and your choice of assorted beverages. Each child receives a goody bag after their meal on their way to visit Santa. Price includes breakfast, admission to the museum and a visit with Santa in his house.
> Member Adult (ages 13+): $22.50, Member Child (ages 4-12): $13.75; Non-Member Adult (ages 13+): $31, Non-Member Child (ages 4-12): $22.25. Children younger than 4 are free.
> Reservations required; Call 317.232.1637
Hear the sounds of the holiday echo throughout the building as school and community groups from around the state perform in the museum’s public spaces.
> Free and open to members and non-members
> Children 2 and younger: Free
Geek out with other science fans at Central Indiana Science Outreach’s new book club! Each month, an expert scientist will join facilitator Cari Lewis Tsinovoi of CINSO to talk about a popular science-themed book and sip a signature cocktail mixed by our friends at Broken Beaker Distillery.
This month’s book is Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. Our discussion will feature Dr. Bill Sullivan, Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Microbiology and Immunology, IU School of Medicine.
This program is a collaboration between the Indiana State Museum, Central Indiana Science Outreach and Indiana Humanities.
> Free and open to the public
> Guests must be 21+