Educator Resources

We invite you to take advantage of programs aimed at expanding your knowledge and enhancing your teaching skills. Use our resources to supplement your classroom curriculum, enhance a field trip experience, or bring Indiana to life for your students. Learn about these opportunities below or in our downloadable PreK-12 Education Program Guide. 

Learning Resource Trunks

From Civil War to Indiana quilts, we have a Learning Resource 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. Learn more >>

Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention!

Jan. 18 – May 10, 2020 
This exhibit showcases Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg™’s iconic contraptions and celebrates his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills. Like Rube Goldberg, you can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible! Learn more >>
Download our Rube Goldberg™ Educator Guide >>

Educator Preview Nights: FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis

Four dates only: Feb. 4, March 3, April 6 & May 5; 4-6 p.m.
Are you planning a field trip anytime between February and May? We invite you to preview FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside our Opioid Crisis before your field trip. This exhibit is geared for students in grades 5-12 and adults. There will be an educator guide and additional resources available to best assist teachers, students and chaperones before, during and after the field trip. Museum staff and partners will be available to ask questions during the preview.
Space is limited and reservations are required and can be made by calling Visitor Services at 317.232.1637.
Learn more about FIX Educator Resources>>

Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Educator Workshop

March 30, 2020; Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis
May 30, 2020; Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne
June 13, 2020; Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site, New Albany

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Grades K – 5
2 - 5 p.m.: Grades 6 – 12

Incorporate curriculum highlighting Indiana’s suffrage history into your classroom by attending a free, half-day workshop in your area to gain insight into the work done by Hoosiers who fought to win a woman’s right to vote. Indiana educators will receive curriculum, books, online resources and more that will provide a variety of ways to explore this important milestone with your students. These materials will also show you how to connect this content with the continued fight for voting rights today. Light refreshments will be offered, and educators will earn professional growth points for attending. These workshops are free for Indiana educators. To register for a workshop in your area, please call 317.232.1637.

Pre- and Post- Visit Activities

There are so many wondrous things about Indiana that a single field trip can’t cover it all. Extend the fun and learning beyond your visit to Indiana State Museum. Utilize these pre- and post-visit activities to prepare your students for their field trip and connect to classroom learning. 2019-2020 guides will be available Sept. 3.

Chaperone Guides

Do you want to provide more guidance and support for your chaperones? These guides are a great tool! It includes a map of the museum and questions to ask students to encourage curiosity and critical thinking. Guides are separated by grade-level to focus on academic standards. 2019-2020 guides will be available Sept. 3.

Lincoln Collection Tours for Educators

October 12, 2019 OR March 14, 2020; 1-3 p.m.
The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites holds one of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Lincoln artifacts, the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Learn about the history of the collection and the objects within on a behind-the-scenes tour from our chief curator then stroll through our galleries for key points of interest with an ISM educator. Open to all Indiana educators. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or email

Educator Newsletter

Our educator newsletter offers the latest learning opportunities, experiences, educational programs and events at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. Sign up in our subscription center by selecting the "School/Education Programs" topic. There, you also can sign up to receive news about other upcoming programs through our Monthly Lineup newsletter. Subscribe >>

PreK-12 Education Program Guide

Download your copy of our PreK-12 Education Program Guide. This handy tool includes everything you need to know about our field trips, school and outreach programs, galleries, and special exhibitions. Download now >>