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Opening Day of Three Reimagined Permanent Galleries

03/24/2018, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Join us for the reopening of three reimagined permanent galleries -
Frozen Reign: A State of Change, First Nations: The Story of Indiana’s Founding People, and The R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab.

Frozen Reign: A State of Change
Explore the Ice Age, beginning with a trip through an ice tunnel beneath a glacier – complete with chilled air and glacial sounds. This redesigned gallery brings the now-extinct animals to life by placing them in realistic environments. See how your own weight measures up to a mastodon on an interactive weight scale, hear how mastodon calls may have sounded millions of years ago, and touch the tooth of a saber tooth cat.

First Nations: The Story of Indiana’s Founding People
Interactive elements will show how these nations built vibrant communities focused around many aspects that still cement cultures today: Games, food and traditions passed down through generations. 

R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab
Explore Indiana’s natural history through your senses. Touch artifacts and specimens like rocks and minerals, animals and plants. Use the tools of a naturalist to discover the world around you, and learn from our on-staff scientists and historical Hoosiers. The Naturalist’s Lab is a place for hands-on exploration of different sciences, including paleobiology, archaeology, geology and more.