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:
Fluorescing Minerals 15-minute activity
Did you know that some minerals appear to glow under a black light? Find out why in this 15 minute demonstration.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Presidential Hats and Beards 15-minute activity
Celebrate President’s Day by creating a hat or beard inside the Cardboard Engineering gallery, then put on the finishing touches in the creativity studio!
11:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Flextangles 15-minute activity
What is a flexagon? Design and create a seriously cool paper puzzle with intricate colors and patterns.
Noon & 2 p.m.
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, children will explore color through various STEAM-based stations. From color mixing with water colors and paints to creating with different fabrics and textures, children will be inspired by colors. There will also be an interactive story telling time and collaborative project.
This program is for 3- to 5-year-olds and an adult.
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.
Other Program Dates
This program is offered Wednesday, February 20 and Saturday, February 23.
Adults are invited to engage in conversations with local experts and academics on a variety of topics in this program series that takes place at breweries around Indianapolis.
This month, learn how costume design intersects with storytelling in the realm of superheroes. Join special guest speaker Michael Costello, President of Downtown Comics to discuss how costume design can enhance storytelling of superheroes, reflecting on the early costume design of several well-known characters.
This event is free, but donations are encouraged.
Girl Scout troops are invited to experience the Interpretive Center and a guided tour of the Coffin home. Special activities hosted by site staff will also take place.
Price: $5/scouts and their family members
Registration: Please register by Feb. 16 by contacting Kate Weidener at Girl Scouts of Central Indiana at 317.924.6834.
Questions? Call us at 765.847.1691 or email LeviCoffinCenter@indianamuseum.org.
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 study the air around them through wind power, air-based art and more. After an interactive story telling time, children will be able to create wind power simple machines, air-based art, and more STEAM based activities. Children will also explore a museum experience.
This program is for 4- to 6-year-olds to attend on their own.
Price: $10 members/$13 non-members
Visitors will enjoy a themed period dinner using delicious recipes pulled from historical sources. This multi-course meal also includes a special program tied to the theme.
Price: $20/members, $25/non-members
Tickets: Registration is required by Feb. 18 by calling 812.738.4890.
Questions? Call us at 812.738.4890 or email email@example.com.
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 >>
Get your fix of science talk and craft brews at Books, Booze and Brains! Meet at Ash & Elm Cider Co. each month to talk about a popular science-themed book with facilitator Krista Hoffmann-Longtin and an expert scientist guest. All geeks 21 and older are welcome!
This month's book and discussion:
Book: "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren
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