The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites provides visitors with thousands of ways to experience the story of Indiana. At all 12 locations, visitors can discover the stories of real Hoosiers who changed the course of our state, and step inside some of the real buildings where history was made.

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Free admission offered at Indiana State Museum on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 6, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum will offer free admission and special activities from museum staff and community partners throughout the museum on Jan. 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  There will also be free admission offered at all of the museum system’s currently-open historic sites around the state: Angel Mounds (Evansville), Corydon Capitol (Corydon), Culbertson Mansion (New Albany), Levi and Catharine Coffin (Fountain City),... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/6/20

Winter and Spring 2020 Media Tips from the Indiana State Museum

Below are the upcoming experiences and events for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for January through April 2020. Tickets for programs can be purchased online at, by calling 317.232.1637 or at the door. Events requiring advanced reservations are noted. Museum admission is not included with most programs but can be purchased for a discounted group rate. $5 parking vouchers are provided for all program attendees. For images of the below events, go here: ... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/2/20

Family New Year's Eve to ring in 2020 at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 19, 2019) – On Dec. 31, even the littlest family members can ring in 2020 at Family New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum – a family-friendly event featuring a balloon drop at 8 p.m. in the museum’s Great Hall.  To cover the event, please contact Hannah Kiefer at or (317) 234-8146. For photos of past events, go here:   WHAT: This New Year’s Eve celebration will... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/19/19

Experience a light show like no other this holiday season at Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

NEW ALBANY, Ind. ( Dec. 19, 2019 ) – If holiday lights are on your holiday must-see list this year, be sure to add a visit to the Culbertson Mansion . While there aren’t any holiday lights on the exterior of the mansion, a light show on the interior is one-of-a-kind. Known as the Culbertson Mansion’s “winter moment,” a unique architectural feature from a simple stained glass window on the third floor of the mansion showcases just how spectacular the winter... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/19/19

Rube Goldberg exhibit coming to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 16, 2019) – Beginning in January, visitors to the Indiana State Museum will be able to explore – and create – machines that work in as inefficient and silly a way as possible, in the traveling exhibit “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit.” This exhibition showcases humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg’s iconic contraptions and celebrates his humorous storytelling and inventive cartoons. In the exhibit,... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/16/19

Surrealist Ball coming to Culbertson Mansion

NEW ALBANY, Indiana (Dec. 13, 2019) – Black tie, long gowns, surrealist heads: that’s the dress code for the Surrealist Ball, coming to Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site on Dec. 28. The evening will be an experience like none other. Attendees will use their own flare and imaginations to create a unique and interesting outfit for the evening. Within each room of the mansion, there will be vignettes expressed through performance and art that exemplify various aspects of... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/13/19

New early childhood space opening at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 6, 2019) – A new space just for families with children ages 6 and younger is opening Jan. 3 at the Indiana State Museum. Firefly Landing is a classroom space for early childhood public and school programs, and a spot where families will find new, daily engagement to help the museum’s littlest visitors enjoy activities just for them, including interactive story time, sensory tables, hands-on activities and more.  The space is part of the... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/6/19

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites hires chief development officer

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 20, 2019) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has named a new chief development officer.  Nora Woodman brings more than 25 years of progressive development and fundraising experience to the position. Most recently, Woodman served as director of effective philanthropy at Central Indiana Community Foundation. There, she managed the donor services function of the foundation and led a team of philanthropic officers responsible for stewarding... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 11/20/19

Celebration Crossing returns to Indiana State Museum Nov. 29

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 7, 2019) – The holiday season will kick off at the Indiana State Museum on Nov. 29, when Santa arrives via helicopter on the museum’s front lawn at noon.  WHAT: Celebration Crossing includes holiday fun for the whole family, including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music from local bands and choirs, rides on the Santa Claus Express train, and tons of fun in Santa’s Workshop and Santa’s Front Yard. Visitors can help pack... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 11/7/19

A Dream of Beauty holiday event returns to Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

ROME CITY, Ind. (Nov. 1, 2019) – A favorite Rome City tradition will take place once again this December at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site during the annual A Dream of Beauty celebration. WHAT: Attendees are invited to enjoy live entertainment, holiday goodies, crafts and horse-drawn carriage rides around Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site at this annual event. Plus, explore Gene’s Cabin all decked out for Christmas, according to her description of the... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 11/1/19