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.

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.

Monthly Schedule

  • November

    Mayflower Voyager

    November 10, 2020

    Did you know the Mayflower voyage was 66 days long? Bring your sea legs along as we learn about the pilgrims’ travels across the Atlantic Ocean and the science behind the sails that helped to get to Plymouth Rock.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and NEW! 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 25% discount for members

    Admission is included for students but must be purchased by accompanying adults or additional children if visiting the museum after the program.

    Register
  • December

    Imperfect Pointillism

    December 1, 2020

    Explore how artists use hundreds of dots and the illusion of form to create their masterpiece, then create your very own amazing work of art!

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and NEW! 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 25% discount for members

    Admission is included for students but must be purchased by accompanying adults or additional children if visiting the museum after the program.

    Register
  • January

    Storybook Engineering

    January 5, 2021

    Learn all about the design process, then show off your new skills to build a house or figure out the fastest way to climb a beanstalk during our storybook engineering challenges.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and NEW! 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 25% discount for members

    Admission is included for students but must be purchased by accompanying adults or additional children if visiting the museum after the program.

    Register
  • February

    Astronaut Science

    February 2, 2021

    Begin your training to become an astronaut by learning all about gravity and building a lunar module. Then, get ready to discover what it takes to fly to the moon.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and NEW! 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 25% discount for members

    Admission is included for students but must be purchased by accompanying adults or additional children if visiting the museum after the program.

    Register
  • March

    You’re the Archaeologist!

    March 2, 2021

    Discover what archaeologists have worked to uncover in Indiana, and explore how these artifacts help us to know more about the daily lives of people who lived here long before us.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and NEW! 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 25% discount for members

    Admission is included for students but must be purchased by accompanying adults or additional children if visiting the museum after the program.

    Register
  • April

    Earth Day, Every Day!

    April 6, 2021

    Engage in hands-on activities while learning about Ecology and why it’s important to take care of our Earth.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and NEW! 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 25% discount for members

    Admission is included for students but must be purchased by accompanying adults or additional children if visiting the museum after the program.

    Register
  • May

    Art + Nature

    May 4, 2021

    Get ready for outdoor adventures and exploring what art and nature have in common. Examine patterns and color while creating nature sculptures and more.

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and NEW! 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    $10/student, 25% discount for members

    Admission is included for students but must be purchased by accompanying adults or additional children if visiting the museum after the program.

    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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Homeschool Programs

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

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Calendar

Browse our calendar to discover all programs, events and special activities throughout the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

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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 are required to be worn for anyone two-years-old or older inside the museum and education center.
    • 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.