Learning Resource Trunks

Give your students hands-on activities to help them learn about Indiana’s science, art and history. Our interactive learning resource trunks contain books, objects, posters and activities. Each trunk includes a teacher’s manual and fulfills select Indiana Academic Standards. Learn more below or in our downloadable PreK-12 Education Program Guide.

Below you'll find age categories paired with descriptions of the trunks offered for that group.

  • Two-week rental includes shipping time
  • Friday mailing/pick-up through Friday return
  • Marion county schools must pick up the trunks at the museum; $15 shipping fee per trunk for all other counties
  • Trunk fee: $30 per trunk
  • Reservations required: Contact Visitor Services at 317.232.1637

Grades 3 & 4

Covered Wagon Trunk
Pack your wagon for a journey you won’t forget! Discover what life was like for pioneers who moved to Indiana. Decide which items are important for your journey and which items you can leave behind.

Grades 3 – 5

Indiana’s Native Americans Trunk
Discover how Indiana’s earliest people survived and thrived using their resources. Decipher symbols that some Native American tribes used, create a beaded bracelet, and break down common stereotypes.

Grades 3 – 8

Folk Art: Indiana Stories and Traditions Trunk
Unlock artistic traditions of the past in the Folk Art Trunk. Discover various types of art and why these traditions continue today. Make a soap carving, knit with a wooden spool and learn about folk art from other countries.

The Hoosier Group Trunk
Discover what it means to be a Hoosier Artist in the Hoosier Group Trunk. Compare work done by Indiana artists, play a game to learn more about their lives and create your own art and display it in an art show.

Indiana Quilts: A Colorful Tradition Trunk
Discover Indiana’s rich and colorful artistic tradition of quilt making. Identify the steps necessary to make a quilt, stitch a patch of a sample quilt and use problem-solving techniques to create a class project.

Painters of Indiana Trunk
Explore the art created by Indiana painters over the past two centuries that serve as visual aids for hands-on, thought-provoking activities. Identify different types of art and concepts with a game, create an abstract composition, and produce a work of art influenced by Indiana artists.

Grades 4 – 6

Indiana in Lincoln’s Time Trunk
Explore what life was like for young Abraham Lincoln when he spent his childhood years in Indiana. Become a surveyor and plot out land for Indiana’s settlers, plant seeds that pioneers would have used and play with popular pioneer toys.

Grades 4 – 8

Indiana’s Ice Age Animals Trunk
Bundle up – it’s going to get cold in your classroom with the Ice Age Animals Trunk! Perform hands-on paleontological work as you analyze the contents of a woodrat’s nest, compare the teeth of mastodons and mammoths and measure up to Ice Age animals.

Indiana and the Civil War Trunk
What was life like during the Civil War? Find the answer to this question and more with the Indiana in the Civil War Trunk. Search for buried money and supplies using maps, listen to songs of the Civil War and create your own regiment flag.

Grades 6 – 12

Printmaking Trunk
Enrich your understanding of art by illustrating the beauty of prints. Examine works of art, produce a unique typeface and create a woodcut print.