Released May 16, 2019

Free summer fun kicks off June 5 at Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2019) – Free, family-friendly fun returns to the Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum beginning June 5 during Canal Nights and the Summer Under the Sails concert series. Both events are free and open to the public, and they take place on Wednesday evenings in June and July along the Downtown Canal.

The Indiana State Museum’s Canal Nights take place outside the museum’s canal entrance from 6-8 p.m. and will feature a variety of topics, from colorful exploration to celebrating space and science. The programming is all free to the public. Before Canal Nights, visitors are invited to purchase admission and explore the museum until 5 p.m., including “Color of Style,” an experience about color, fashion, and how who we are shapes how we dress.

At the Eiteljorg Museum’s Summer Under the Sails from 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy food, drink and free live music in the Eiteljorg Museum gardens along the Downtown Canal. Admission to the museum is also free these evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. Inside the museum, see new galleries and exhibits as the museum celebrates 30 years telling amazing stories.

Schedule is as follows:

June 5
Indiana State Museum – Color on the Canal: Celebrate an Indiana summer full of vivid color, with hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Eiteljorg Museum concert: The Sawyer Family Band (Western Swing)

June 12
Indiana State Museum – Nature Play Day: Enjoy classic outdoor activities like corn hole and hula hooping and participate in hands-on fun from community partners.
Eiteljorg Museum concert: Midtown Mad Men (50’s-60’s Rock and Roll)

June 19
Indiana State Museum – Chemistry Night: Conduct experiments, see a few (safe) explosions, and explore how we use chemistry every day.
Eiteljorg Museum concert: Son Of Hwéeldi (Resistance Rock)

June 26
Indiana State Museum – Build It: Test your engineering skills by designing your own building and trying some hand tools, then talk to local engineers.
Eiteljorg Museum concert: DysFUNKtion Brass (Brass band)

July 3
Indiana State Museum – Boom and Sparkle: Celebrate the Fourth with a bang by creating patriotic crafts and learning about the Declaration of Independence.
Eiteljorg Museum concert: Alan Kaye and the Toons (Rock and Roll)

July 10
Indiana State Museum – Field to Fork: Explore how Indiana produce ends up on your plate, discover gardening tips and learn some fresh recipes to make for yourself.
Eiteljorg Museum concert: Nu-Blu (Bluegrass/Americana)

July 17
Indiana State Museum – To the Moon!: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space flight that put humans on the moon and enjoy space-related activities.
Eiteljorg Museum concert: James Weston (Blues and Folk)

July 24
Indiana State Museum – No Canal Nights scheduled
Eiteljorg Museum concert: Rob Dixon Quartet (Jazz)

July 31
Indiana State Museum – Global Cultures: Explore the cultural diversity of Indiana through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Eiteljorg Museum concert: Luciano Antonio Trio (Brazilian Jazz)

For a full listing of programming at the Indiana State Museum, visit For more information about the Eiteljorg Museum’s concert series, visit Photos of both events can be found here:

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The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.

Celebrating 30 years of telling amazing stories in 2019, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the Indigenous peoples of North America. Located on the Central Canal at 500 West Washington St., the Eiteljorg Museum was named one of the USA Today Readers’ Choice 10 Best Indiana Attractions.