Explore Indiana’s natural history through your senses. The Naturalist’s Lab is a place for hands-on exploration of different sciences, including paleobiology, archaeology, geology and more.

The R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Touch, see, hear

Learn what Indiana animals look and sound like. Use a touch screen to choose from a list of Indiana animals, hear their calls and see a spotlight highlighting the real taxidermy animal.

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Become a scientist

Use the tools of a naturalist to discover the world around you, and learn from our on-staff scientists and historical Hoosiers.

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Magnify the Fun

Place objects underneath the micro-eye to see what they look like magnified up to 40 times.

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Explore more activities for your Little Ones

Explore Firefly landing, a space for families with children ages 6 and younger to experience interactive story time, sensory tables, hands-on activities and more. Class sizes are very small, allowing lots of one-on-one time with our early childhood specialists.

Explore Our Early Childhood Activities

Make the Most of Your Visit!

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