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. 

Discover Our Latest Exhibit

We’re always searching for ways to integrate our teachers into our featured experiences. Here, you’ll find additional resources to complement a visit to an exhibit at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

Mom and Child at Daniel Tiger

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit

Open September 19, 2020 through January 3, 2021. This experience is based on the award-winning PBS KIDS television series that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. The partnership sought to connect the familiar TV world, where young viewers learn and find comfort with Daniel, to the three-dimensional, multi-sensory experience the exhibit provides.

Download the Educator Guide!

Children ages 2 to 6 will enter the world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life’s little lessons. Download our Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit Educator Guide.

Girl with Daniel Tiger

Explore Unique Workshops, Tours and Preview Nights

From behind-the-scenes-tours and special preview nights and workshops, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is committed to helping our state’s educators provide the most dynamic classroom and at-home learning experiences possible.

Fix Exhibit at ISM

Educator Preview Nights

Oct. 6, Nov. 10 & Dec. 1; 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 require. Call Visitor Services at 317.232.1637. Learn more about FIX Educator Resources.

Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Educator Workshop

Sept. 23; 7-8 p.m. EDT
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, providing a variety of ways to explore this important milestone with your students. These materials 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.


Lincoln Collection Educator Tours

Sept. 12, 2020 & Feb. 20, 2021; 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 with our chief curator and researcher. Then, stroll through our galleries for key points of interest with a museum educator. Open to all Indiana educators. Reservations are required. Call Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or email

Guides and Newsletters

Our guides make it easy to help you plan for a visit to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

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Learning Resource Guides

Guides coming soon!

From the Civil War to Indiana quilts, we have a Learning Resource Guide perfect for your class! These guides will help you bring Indiana art, science and culture right to your students. Learning Resource Guides include lesson plans, activities, online resources and a book list. Each guide fulfills select Indiana Academic Standards.

Field Trip Activity Guides

Guides coming soon!

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.

Fieldtrip at ISM
Child with Chaperone

Chaperone Guides

Guides coming soon!

Do you want to provide more guidance and support for your chaperones? These guides are a great tool. They include 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.

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.

Educator Guide
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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.