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 these opportunities below or download our Indiana State Museum Educator Guide.

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2 hour programs, ages 6 - 13

Dive into a world of investigation and discovery during two-hour classes designed to stimulate interest in science, art, history and culture. Adults join their learners for an interactive family experience. Registration deadline three days before the program. 

$12/child, 25% discount for members 

Registration deadline three days before the program. 

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.

  • September 2023 | Mixed Media Masterpieces

    Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
    Sept. 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (SOLD OUT) and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Create masterpieces utilizing conventional and interesting mediums such as clay, tissue paper and more. 

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  • October 2023 | Spooky Science (SOLD OUT)

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

    Get into the spirit of spooky season with experiments that will blow your mind by creating oozing pumpkins, flying ghosts and more!

  • November 2023 | Aerospace Innovation

    Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
    Nov. 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (SOLD OUT) and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Learn about the Hoosiers who soared through the sky while exploring the mechanics of flight and space travel.

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  • December 2023 | International Tunes

    Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
    Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Celebrate foreign language month by diving into the universal language: music. Create instruments form around the world, such as castanets, while learning some words from different countries.

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  • January 2024 | Human Body

    Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
    Jan. 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Head, shoulders, knees, and toes! Well, it’s a lot more than that. Learn about weird body facts and explore the science of you by creating a lung and more.

    Register
  • February 2024 | Building Blocks

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

    Explore the Towers of Tomorrow exhibit and expand your building skills by tackling a variety of engineering challenges.

    Register
  • March 2024 | Indiana Textiles

    March 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    March 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Celebrate national craft month by exploring Indiana’s textile industry. Experiment with cross stitch, weaving and more.

    Register
  • April 2024 | Eclipse

    April 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
    April 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse and learn interesting space facts by creating a telescope and more.

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  • May 2024 | Coding

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

    Level up your tech knowledge and dive into the world of coding. Explore different types of coding and test your skills through scratch coding and Spheros.

    Register

Half day programs, ages 6 - 13

During this drop-off program, we’ll test our skills and expand our knowledge through engaging interactive activities. Registration deadline three days before the program. 

10 a.m. – 1 p.m., drop-off starts at 9:45 a.m. and pick up is from 1 – 1:15 p.m.  

$30/youth, 25% discount for members 

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 2023 | Cartoon Challenges

    Oct. 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Can you beat challenges inspired by some of your favorite cartoons? Solve mysteries, beat obstacles and more. 

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  • January 2024 | Frosty Fossils

    Jan. 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Discover the animals that travel the frozen glaciers during Indiana’s ice age by excavating fossils and more.

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  • March 2024 | Historic Hoosiers

    March 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Follow in the footsteps of Indiana entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and others who called Indiana home while creating, experimenting, and finding inspiration from Historic Hoosiers.

    Register
  • May 2024 | Wonderous Watercolor

    May 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Get inspired by the wonderous flowy nature of watercolor. Explore new ways to use this medium by creating negative space art and more.

    Register

Teen programs, ages 13 - 17

Investigate, discover and explore STEAM, history, and more through two-hour, hands-on experiences designed to stimulate and expand your interests. Youth can attend by themselves, or one adult can attend with their youth or with a group.  

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

$15/child; 25% discount for members 

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.

  • August 2023 | Forensic Science (SOLD OUT)

    Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Dive into the world of forensic science by learning the techniques used by those in the field. Extract DNA, perform powder analysis and more. 

    Register
  • November 2023 | Animation

    Nov. 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Explore the art of animation by learning about famous Indiana animators and creating a short film using stop motion and digital animation.

    Register
  • February 2024 | Energy Engineering

    Feb. 12, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Become energy engineers by learning about alternative forms of energy and creating your own energy source. Test out hydropower and more!

    Register
  • May 2024 | Anatomy

    May 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Learn about the anatomy of the human body by dissecting our closet anatomical comparison: a fetal pig!

    Register
Field Trip

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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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.