The United States is in the middle of a crisis that is impacting families and communities with Indiana at the epicenter: opioid use disorder.

At the Indiana State Museum, we want to give our visitors the opportunity to learn about this crisis and be a part of the solutions through our exhibit “FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis,” open Feb. 1, 2020 through Feb. 7, 2021. This exhibit works to reduce the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder and build empathy through art, personal stories and trustworthy information about the science behind the disorder. Students are affected by this crisis – and they can also be part of the solutions. Throughout the exhibit, they’ll explore interactives about brain chemistry, how cravings work and more. They can experience interactive artwork and see photos of recovery by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bill Foley, taken specifically for this exhibit. Before leaving, students will have access to resources and learn what they can do to make a difference in their own communities.

There is hope within this crisis. Your students can be a part of it.




The FIX exhibit and related program experiences connect with the following Indiana Academic Standards but may connect with additional classroom curriculum.

English 6-12 - RN.4, RV.4, SL.3
Biomedical Sciences – Domain 1, Domain 2
Anatomy and Physiology – Core Standard 10
Physical Education High School – Stress
Health and Wellness – Grades 6-8 – Standard 1, 2, 3, 4, 8
Health and Wellness – Grades 9-12 – Standard 1, 2, 3, 4, 8



Four dates only: Feb. 4, March 3, April 6 & May 5, 2020; 4-6 p.m. (Fall dates coming soon!)

Reservations required: call Visitor Services at 317.232.1637. Space is limited.

We’re offering a chance to preview this exhibit before your field trip. The 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.


Love Over Dose

Grades: 5-12 (offered on-site only)
Cost: $4/person
Length: 60 min. with Q&A
Dates: Feb. 28, March 13, May 8 & May 15, 2020 (Fall dates coming soon!)
Time: 10:30 a.m. OR 12:00 p.m.

Registration required: Contact Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org

In the midst of the current addiction and overdose epidemic, Young Actors Theatre (YAT) takes hope from our community’s young people and from the knowledge that students listen best to messages from their peers. With this in mind, YAT joins the Indiana State Museum to present an original play, by youth and for youth, to address the opioid overdose epidemic by preventing drug abuse in middle- and high-school students. “Love Over Dose” shows young audiences that they are capable of making healthy, informed decisions for themselves and inspires them to do just that. Along the way, we provide clear and relevant information on how young people can help prevent abuse and overdoses in their communities.


Brain Chemistry

Grades: 6-12 (offered on-site or as an outreach program)
Cost: on-site $4/student; outreach $150 for up to 25 students
Length: 60 min.
Dates: Tues.-Fri. through May 2020 (on-site); Mon.-Fri. year-round (outreach); (Fall dates coming soon!)

Registration required: Contact Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org

How do neurons communicate and what happens when a message doesn’t get through? Explore this process through hands-on activities that will get your students thinking, talking and moving.