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Indiana State Museum

Located in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum features three levels of interactive galleries, special exhibits and hands-on activities.

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Our 11 Historic Sites

See the places iconic Hoosiers called home, and discover the inspiring stories of their contributions to our state’s innovative past at 11 Historic Sites.

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Indiana State Museum

From geological artifacts and historical objects to epic experiences and hands-on learning, our galleries, programs and theater performances come alive. With so many possibilities, no trip to the museum is ever the same!


  • K-12 Schools

    Admission is *FREE for pre-registered, accredited schools or homeschool groups of 10 or more K-12 students. Additional programming fees and IMAX® Theater admission prices vary. Free admission includes teachers and bus drivers, plus one additional adult chaperone per every five students. Additional chaperones pay the group admission rate of $15/person. Call 317.232.1637 for programming fees. Registration deadline for field trips is one (1) week prior.

    *This does not include for special paid school programs such as STEAM Days.

  • Complimentary Admission for Teachers

    Not sure what the museum has to offer? Try us out first – for free! Admission is complimentary for all Indiana PreK-12 teachers with proper identification. Members of the Indiana Association of Homeschool Educators receive free daily admission with proof of membership.

  • Out-of-School Time Prices

    We now offer a special field trip rate for out-of-school time programs! Visit the museum after school hours, on summer break, or during spring/fall school breaks Wednesday through Friday and select holidays to receive the field trip admission rate of $6/student (ages 3-17), one free adult per every 10 students, and $11/additional adult chaperone. One adult is required for every 10 students.

    Looking for a one-time visit, multi-week session or weekly programs throughout the year? Let us custom design interactive, hands-on, minds-on programs in STEM, art, history and culture just for you!

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  • Self-Guided Preschool and Day Care Prices

    Self-guided preschools and day cares pay group admission.

  • Early Childhood Preschool Journeys

    Preschool Journeys cost $6/student, $6/chaperone and are free for teachers. This amount includes the exhibit tour/program and one hour of self-exploration. A 1:5 chaperone-child ratio is required.

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We can’t wait to welcome you and your students to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. Watch our orientation video and download our resources to start getting ready for your next field trip!

A few things to keep in mind!

  • Five things everyone needs to know

    1.  Students must be accompanied by a chaperone at all times, and everyone is asked to behave in a respectful manner.
    2. Groups damaging or destroying museum property, or otherwise not being adequately supervised, will be asked to leave.
    3. Some objects in the galleries may be touched, and are indicated as such. Please remind chaperones and students that objects behind barriers such as ropes, wires or glass are not meant to be touched. If in doubt, please don’t touch, climb on, or move an object on display.
    4. Food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries.
    5. Please refrain from flash photography in the galleries. The light can damage fragile objects and artifacts.
  • Chaperones

    A chaperone-to-student ratio of 1:5 is required. Required chaperones are free, and additional chaperones pay the group admission rate.

  • Lunches

    Reserve your complimentary lunchroom space at the museum ahead of time. Reservations are available in 30-minute blocks and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There is an option in the field trip inquiry form to indicate you would like to reserve lunch room space.

  • Parking

    Adult chaperones visiting the museum will receive a discount voucher for the White River State Park garage. Free parking is available with the purchase of an IMAX® ticket. During the field trip reservation process, we will provide you with the location of bus parking.

  • Enhance your Visit

    Add an Educational Theater Performance

    Participate in interactive live theater performances in your own classroom. Your students will find themselves in the thick of the action!

    Add a School Program

    During your field trip, schedule a themed school program tailored to your group’s ages. We have a variety of options to choose from that will complement the learning in your classroom.

    Add an IMAX® Film

    The IMAX® Theater is dedicated to providing a wide range of large-format films designed to educate, enlighten and entertain your students, and provide you a powerful teaching tool that is easily integrated into your existing curriculum. The reduced K-12 admission rate for groups, teachers and chaperones makes the IMAX® Theater an affordable class outing! Click here to see show listings, then call 317.232.1637 to purchase your tickets.

    Separate payments must be made to the Indiana State Museum and IMAX® Theater.

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Complete our inquiry form below or call the museum at 317.232.1637 during business hours.

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Historic Sites Map

Field trips are free to most of our state historic sites! From Indiana’s first state capitol in Corydon to the “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad in Fountain City, our sites are rich in Indiana history and meet many academic standards.

  • How to register for a field trip at one of our 11 historic sites

    Field trip registration must be made one week in advance, unless otherwise noted. To make a reservation, contact the site for information about field trip procedures, payment information, and educational opportunities. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation.

    Explore Our Historic Sites

  • Field Trip Pricing

    Admission to the state historic sites is FREE for pre-scheduled, accredited school or homeschool groups of 10 or more K-12 students. Free admission includes teachers and bus drivers, plus one (required) adult chaperone per every five students. Additional chaperones will pay the group admission rate per person. Members of the Indiana Association of Homeschool Educators receive free daily admission with proof of membership. Additional site programming fees may apply. Please check with the individual sites for specific information. Admission for non-Indiana students varies by site.

  • FREE Teacher Admission

    Admission is complimentary for all PreK-12 teachers with proper identification. Show your teacher ID when you visit and discover what the state historic sites have for you and your students.

  • Academic Standards

    All state historic sites support Indiana Academic Standards—check the PreK-12 Education Program Guide to learn about the standards met by historic site programs. Each site also features different academic topics. If you’re looking for a unique program that helps bring history, science, art and education to life for your students, you may request a specialty program (based on the academic topic offered at the site) for an additional fee.