Explore Our Out-of-School Time Programs

Continue learning outside of the classroom. Bring your out-of-school group to the Indiana State Museum for special programs and reduced rates designed just for you.

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Indiana State Museum General ISM
Indiana State Museum General ISM
Indiana State Museum General ISM

Field Trips

Located in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum features three levels of interactive galleries, special exhibits and hands-on activities.

  • Admission rate of $6/student (ages 3-17)
  • $11/adult
  • Two free staff members
  • One free adult required per every 10 students
  • Free for children younger than age 3
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Family engagement is important to creating a connection that extends learning beyond your program. We can help! If you have a family event and are looking for stations with hands-on activities for all ages, we’ve got you covered. We can help plan an event at your school for your families, either during the day or in the evening, depending on your needs.

We provide hands-on activity stations with all needed materials and an Indiana State Museum staff member for set up, 30 minutes of training for station volunteers, oversight and problem-solving during the event, and clean up afterwards. You will need to supply space, one table for each station with electrical outlet access if needed, and one volunteer per station.

Cost: $100 for the first activity station, and $75 per additional stations, up to 3 hours. All materials are included in the cost.
Some activity station options: Water Filtration; Light and Shadow; Fizzy Painting; Indiana Animal Tracks; Engineer an Artist’s Tool; Fossil Transportation Engineering Challenge; Lunar Landers and Mission Patch Design; Fuzzball Maze; and Wind Tunnel Testing.

Please contact Brittney Basaran, school program manager, at 317.409.7136 or [email protected].

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Outreach Programs, K-8

Let us bring the Indiana State Museum to you! Perfect for out-of-school-time programs, afterschool programs, summer and school break camps, and library programs. We bring hands-on, inquiry-based learning to your location.

Please contact Amanda Wollenweber, Out-of-School Time program manager, at 460.276.4837 or [email protected] for more information or to discuss customizing your program.

Firefly Landing

Students will use skills like collaboration, communication and critical thinking as they engage with hands-on activities designed to spark their interest in all things STEAM. Sessions can be designed to meet the needs and interests of your out-of-school time program.

Length: 60 min.

Maximum number of students: 25

Cost: $150/session

Travel fees: 30-60 miles $20; 60-90 miles $40; 90+ miles $60

Shipping fees for kit materials for locations outside a 30-mile radius.

Program Educators


Youth will build their creativity, problem-solving and teamwork skills with design challenges. Can they engineer a solution to solve a problem?


Observation skills will be put to the test with these guided experiments.


Using a variety of art mediums and tools, youth will explore different styles and techniques as they create art that reflects themselves.


Do you have a unique idea or a special topic you want to explore? We can help! Let us create a program fit just for your program.


  • Details for an In-person Outreach Program

    This is our typical outreach program at your site with a few new updates. Staff will bring individually packaged supply kits for each of your participants as part of the program. Museum educators will follow any COVID 19-related guidelines provided by your organization.