Educational Outreach

Want to provide a museum experience for your students but can’t make it to Indianapolis? Let us bring our outreach programs directly to you. We have a variety of options to choose from, and many programs can be tailored to fit your specific needs. View our K-12 Education Program Guide for full descriptions and details of outreach opportunities.

Preschool Journeys

Preschool Journeys leads 3- to 6-year-olds on a path of discovery in art, science and history. Programs include an assortment of hands-on activities, gallery visits, story time, dramatic play and art projects. 

Schedule your Preschool Journey program to be hosted here at the Indiana State Museum, or schedule it to be brought to you. Call 317.232.1637 to schedule. Preschool Journeys is a program intended for daycares, preschools, or other classes for little ones.

Artful Play | Brought to you
If you can’t come to the Indiana State Museum we can take a little bit of the Indiana State Museum to you!

Be inspired by a colorful and playful abstract painting by native Hoosier Lois Main Templeton and listen to a story about a magical rooster. Then grab a tool, dip it in paint and see what your imagination creates in a large-scale art project for your classroom. 
Duration:  1 hour
Cost:  $125 up to 25 students; additional sessions $100

Education Trunks

From Civil War to Indiana quilts, we have an educational trunk perfect for your class! Give your students hands-on activities to help them discover Indiana art, science and culture. Interactive trunks are packed with books, artifacts, posters and activities. Each trunk includes a teacher’s manual and fulfills select Indiana Academic Standards. Click here for a complete listing of available trunks. To book an Educational Trunk, please call 317.232.1637.
Supported by the Arthur Jordan Foundation.

TWO WEEK RENTAL: $20

Workshops and Performances

Engage in conversation with Abraham Lincoln or Gene Stratton-Porter. Allow our staff to teach about the Underground Railroad or fossils. Allow us to bring the best of the museum directly into your classroom. To book your outreach program, contact Bethany Thomas.

Legacy Theater Troupe

The Legacy Theater Troupe presents 1st and 3rd person interpretations of characters important throughout Indiana history. Imagine your students’ excitement when Johnny Appleseed or Abraham Lincoln walks through the door! Our troupe offers wandering presentations of 10, 20 and 45-minute staged shows for classroom, library, festival and community settings. To book your outreach program, contact Bethany Thomas.