Past Experiences


What color is music? Symphony in Color explored this question. Now in its 69th year, Symphony in Color reaches almost 23,000 Indiana students annually. For this year’s contest, children in grades one through six listened to selected symphonic music, then created their own visual interpretations of what they heard. This virtual experience opened March 28, 2020. Learn more >>


This exhibit showcases Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg’s iconic contraptions and celebrates his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills. Like Rube Goldberg, you can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible! Jan. 18 – May 10, 2020  See more>>

Share the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light of a microscope. The world’s best photomicrographers have captured dynamic images that showcase a wide variety of advanced scientific disciplines. November 2019 – March 2020 Learn more>>



All ages can celebrate the magic of the holidays at the Indiana State Museum! Visit with Santa and share your holiday wish list with him, enjoy a delicious lunch in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ with your family and friends or hear the sounds of the season from local schools, groups and organizations. Ride the Santa Claus Express train, dress a snowman in Santa’s Front Yard, or pack Santa’s sleigh and assist reindeer recruits with their take-offs and landings in Santa’s Workshop. Nov. 29 Jan. 5, 2020  See more >>




Kids and adults alike: Prepare to be challenged with a puzzling exhibit that gets you moving! Jump from dot-to-dot in Hop Dots and maneuver your way through the twists and turns of a giant walk-through cardboard maze. Discover the history of mazes and labyrinths and see original maze art. You may need to sharpen your logic and problem-solving skills to become a true maze-master! Aug. 31, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 Learn more >>



The Hoosier Art Salon exhibition, now in its 95th year, showcases the work of its 2019 artist members. The competition is Indiana’s longest-running art exhibition and considered the preeminent juried exhibition of Indiana art by Indiana artists. See high quality traditional and abstract art in a variety of forms including paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, sculpture and glass created by Indiana artists. Aug. 2 – Oct. 13, 2019 Learn more >>


Discover the life and incredible art from Hoosier artist Felrath Hines, who graduated from Crispus Attucks High School and attended classes at Herron School of Art. An abstract artist who used different shapes and colors to communicate, he also worked as an art conservator and restored his friend Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. Explore interactives, listen to the jazz that inspired Hines and try your hand at creating an artwork with colorful shapes. June 22  – September 29 Learn more >>


Who we are shapes how we dress – and the colors we choose to wear. In this new experience, learn how perceptions of color have changed over time and see incredible outfits from the museum’s collection. Discover which color best defines you, let your creativity shine in the Style Studio, and find your perfect Instagrammable moment in this experience that’s all about playing with color and style. March 16 – Aug. 18, 2019 Learn more >>


Bring your child – or just your own inner child – to experience this 3,000-square-foot play space stocked with cardboard boxes of all sizes, cardboard pieces large and small, more colorful tape than you could possibly use, markers, safety scissors and much more. Sept. 29, 2018 – May 27, 2019 Learn more >>

This blockbuster exhibition featured more than 80 original sculptures made entirely of LEGO bricks. Designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity, THE ART OF THE BRICK is the world's largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art featuring sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya. This captivating exhibition takes an ordinary children’s toy and elevates it to the realm of art. Sept. 29, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019 Learn more >>


Visitors became part of the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. For the first time ever, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis was lived streamed. Visitors experienced musical history being made as they made friends with this often mysterious instrument. Aug. 25 - Nov. 11, 2018 Learn more >>


A retrospective of original paintings from the early 1980s to the present. March 10 - Aug. 5, 2018 Learn more >>