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.

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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Sign up for our educator newsletter to stay informed of the latest learning opportunities, experiences, educational programs and events at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. In our subscription center, sign up for the ‘School/Education Programs’ topic. There, you also can sign up to receive news about other upcoming programs through our Monthly Lineup newsletter.

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Homeschool Programs

School programs are available to groups of 15 or more PreK through 12th grade students.

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Homeschool Tuesdays

Dive into a world of investigation and discovery during these 2-hour classes designed to stimulate a child’s interest in science, art, history and culture. Students ages 6 – 13 will enjoy these programs. Let your child learn in the museum for a day during this two-hour class exploring different topics in science, art, history and culture. Adults join their learners for an interactive family experience.

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Monthly Schedule

  • October

    Spooky Special Effects

    October 5, 2021

    Become a spooky special effects artist while creating a ghost, Foley sound effect and more.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 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.

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  • November

    Take Me to the Moon

    November 2, 2021

    Celebrate space by engineering a stomp rocket, create a lunar lander design to protect your astronauts and more while learning about an out-of-this-world adventure.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 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.

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  • December

    Snowflake Science

    December 7, 2021

    Learn all about crystal structures, molecules and fractals while we take a closer look at snowflakes and prepare for chilly winter weather.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 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.

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  • January

    Finding Fossils

    January 4, 2022

    Can you dig it? Become a paleontologist for a day and see what fossils you can dig up after visiting our Ancient Seas and Frozen Reign galleries.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 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.

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  • February

    City Structures

    February 1, 2022

    Decide if you’ll add a skyscraper to your city plan, build an architectural masterpiece and more as we explore architecture with a variety of hands-on activities.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 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.

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  • March

    National Parks

    March 1, 2022

    Celebrate the anniversary of the National Parks Service, learn more about Indiana’s national parks and find out how you can be a conservation hero.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 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.

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  • April

    Major Taylor

    April 5, 2022

    Explore the life, achievements and legacy of Major Taylor, an Indiana sports hero. Learn how this Hoosier became an international champion cyclist at the turn of the century while also becoming a civil rights trailblazer.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 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.

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  • May

    Abstract Art Extravaganza

    May 3, 2022

    Create your own abstract art masterpiece after gaining inspiration from artists who turned the art world on its head.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 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.

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HOW WE'RE STAYING SAFE

For everyone’s safety, we have taken your feedback into consideration as well as CDC recommendations in how we can provide a safe learning experience for everyone. We hope this information will allow you to make the best decision for your family. We look forward to welcoming you back when it is best for your family. Below, you’ll find additional details about the adjustments we have made.

Additional Safety precautions include:

  • OUR CLASSROOM

    • We have taken down some walls in our education center. With more space, we have added tables placed at least 6 ft. apart with seats being 4.5-6 ft. apart.
    • We allow up to 15 students per session. We ask that families limit the adults that come to one adult per family.
    • We will have enough tables for families to sit together at a single table. We know that some families are interacting with each other in their personal lives so if you want to sit together, that is allowed.
    • We will have materials grouped per child. When extra materials are needed, a museum staff person will gather those materials.
  • 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 will be worn by staff at all times.
    • Masks are recommended and highly encouraged for visitors ages 2 and older unless you are medically unable. Masks 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.