Released October 5, 2017

Spend Columbus Day at the Indiana State Museum


Contact: Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, [email protected]

INDIANAPOLIS — In search of something to do with the kids this Columbus Day? Join the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for School’s Out! Columbus Day and enjoy a day of activities and performances.

Grab a passport and journey to our Explorer Central stations throughout the Great Hall. Learn what it was like to be an early explorer in Indiana by packing for your expedition, hunting for food and discovering new species. Enjoy an engaging performance about explorer Thomas Say, who went on several expeditions and documented many species. He later moved to Indiana and wrote a book that earned him the title, “The Father of Entomology.”


Columbus Day programming


Monday, Oct. 9

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Indiana State Museum
650 W. Washington St. in downtown Indianapolis


Activities included with museum admission


Thomas Say performances: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., Natural Regions Gallery

Explorer Central activities: all day

So You Want to be an Explorer?: Learn about the different types of tools explorers used to figure out where they were located, and how they took notes to document their expeditions.

Cave exploration: Dig through small containers to find puzzle pieces of different Ice Age animals.

Hunting station: Test your aim while “hunting” for food on your expedition. Using rubber band guns, shoot at pictures of animals that would be found in Indiana.

Native American Encounter: Learn about the different tribes that called Indiana home, and where in the state each tribe lived.

Discover a New Species: Check out different specimens found in Indiana, and learn about their environments.

For more information on our Columbus Day programming, please call guest services at 317.232.1637 or visit

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The Indiana State Museum 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.