Indiana State Museum
Located in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum features three levels of interactive galleries, special exhibits and hands-on activities.Learn More
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.Learn More
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!
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.
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.
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!Learn more
Self-guided preschools and day cares pay group admission.
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.
BEFORE YOUR VISIT
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!
- Students must be accompanied by a chaperone at all times, and everyone is asked to behave in a respectful manner.
- Groups damaging or destroying museum property, or otherwise not being adequately supervised, will be asked to leave.
- 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.
- Food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries.
- Please refrain from flash photography in the galleries. The light can damage fragile objects and artifacts.
A chaperone-to-student ratio of 1:5 is required. Required chaperones are free, and additional chaperones pay the group admission rate.
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.
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.
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.
Visit our newest exhibit
Take your field trip to the next level when you visit Major Taylor: Fastest Cyclist in the World and schedule your visit during one of the dates below.
Fridays: Sept. 16, Oct. 7, Oct. 21: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 30: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hop on the multi rider Kids Riding Bikes race simulator with your friends and see if you are as fast as Major Taylor was when he set the world record! Coaches from Nine13sports will be there to cheer you on and provide tips and tricks so you can give your very best effort.
Sept. 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join our partners at Freewheelin’ to learn about the different parts of a bicycle and how they operate. Then show off your creative side as you figure out how to repurpose these parts to make some original art.
Celebration Crossing Early Childhood Field Trips
Nov. 25, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023
Max. number of students: 10
$6/student and chaperone, teachers and assistants are free
Experience the fun and coziness of the winter holidays with a special trip to the Indiana State Museum! Bring your young students to enjoy the multi-level Celebration Crossing experience featuring hands-on play spaces, Santa’s Front Yard, the Reindeer Barn and a chance to visit Santa himself! Make sure to ride the Snowfall Express train for a journey through a playful winter wonderland.
Made possible with the generous support of Ayres Foundation Inc and Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation
Celebration Crossing is Sponsored by Geico Philanthropic Foundation
Let's get started.
Complete our inquiry form below or call the museum at 317.232.1637 during business hours.
Thanks to our field trip fund partners
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.
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.
Admission to the state historic sites, with the exception of New Harmony, 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. Additional site programming fees may apply. Please check with the individual sites for specific information. Admission for non-Indiana students varies by site.
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.
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.