Homeschool Programs

The Indiana State Museum offers classes, events and group visits for homeschool families that integrate art, history and STEM through hands-on exploration, gallery tours, outdoor investigation and more. Learn about our opportunities below or in our downloadable PreK-12 Education Program Guide.

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Homeschool Group Field Trips

Homeschool co-ops and homeschool educators and students may schedule a field trip and school program of your choice at the Indiana State Museum. Groups of 10 or more qualify for the K-12 FREE field trip rate.

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Educational Programs

Whether it’s at the museum, in your classroom or virtual, we offer hands-on, exploratory, and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s people, places and things through art, history and STEM connections.

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HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS & TUESDAYS

NEW: Expanded offerings Sept. 2022 – May 2023 allow students (ages 6-13) more opportunities to dive into a world of investigation and discovery during 2-hour classes designed to stimulate their interest in science, art, history and culture. Adults can join their learners for an interactive family experience.

See the list of programs below. Book now as these sessions fill quickly!

Museum admission is included for students but must be purchased by accompanying adults or additional children if visiting the museum after the program. The Indiana State Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • October 2022 | INTERNATIONAL MYTHOLOGY

    These programs are sold out

    Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
    Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Explore and learn about myths and legends from across the world by diving into Greek, Egyptian and Chinese mythology.

  • November 2022 | NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION

    Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Nov. 1, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
    Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)

    Celebrate the rich and impactful history of the various Native American tribes who are indigenous to Indiana.

    Register
  • December 2022 | ROCKS ROCK!

    Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
    Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

    Take an up-close look at the rocks, minerals and geodes found right here in Indiana, and learn how these rocks have shaped Indiana landscape into what it is today.

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  • January 2023 | NATURAL DISASTERS

    Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
    Jan. 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Explore the science behind a variety of natural disasters that happen throughout Indiana and the United States through hands-on experiments and more.

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  • February 2023 | TRIP AROUND THE U.S.A.

    Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
    Feb. 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Take a trip around the United States without leaving Indianapolis! Learn about the history and culture of surrounding states and others farther away.

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  • March 2023 | LINCOLN

    March 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
    March 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Explore the life, achievements and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. Learn about Lincoln’s early years growing up in Indiana to his life in the White House.

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  • April 2023 | INDIANA POLLINATORS

    April 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
    April 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Learn about native Indiana pollinators and their impact on our environment. Think about all pollinators do for us, then work with others to come up with possible solutions to the numerous threats to their survival.

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  • May 2023 | INDY 500

    May 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
    May 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Celebrate the greatest spectacle in racing – the Indianapolis 500! Learn about the mechanics of cars and what makes them move so fast while getting ready for 107th running of the race.

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How We're Staying Safe

  • OUR CLASSROOM

    • We allow up to 20 students per session. We ask that families limit the adults that come to one adult per family.
    • There are five tables in our classroom that allow the flexibility for students to work with other students or work alongside with their adult.
    •  There will be a mix of individual, partner and group activities.
  • CLEANING

    • Both hand sanitizer and soap and water will be available for families to use as their discretion.
    • Tables and chairs will be cleaned after every program.
    • All materials touched will be cleaned after the program.
    • We are using 80% isopropyl alcohol, Virex, and cleaning wipes to clean items after use.
  • ADDITIONALLY

    • Masks are recommended for visitors ages 2 and older and are provided to visitors who would like them.
    • The museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays. We will still visit the galleries as it connects with our program content. This allows us to be the only people in the galleries, beyond museum staff.