Past Experiences

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 – May 27. 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 experienced the joy of the holidays at the Indiana State Museum by riding the Santa Claus Express train, enjoying a delicious and nostalgic lunch in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ and more. 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. Learn more >>

The Hoosier Salon exhibition, in its 94th year, showcased the work of its 2018 artist members. The competition is Indiana’s longest-running art exhibition and considered the preeminent juried exhibition of Indiana art by Indiana artists. Visitors saw high quality traditional and abstract art in a variety of forms including paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, sculpture and glass. Learn more >>

Visitors saw the 12 months through a child’s perspective. Started in 1998, Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ Calendar Art Contest is open to all K-12 students who want to create an illustration for the organization’s annual wall calendar. Each of the numbered grades is given the corresponding month of the year to illustrate: 12 grades, 12 months. Learn more >>

A retrospective of original paintings from the early 1980s to the present. Learn more >>


What color is music? Symphony in Color explored this question. Visitors saw 110 works of art created by students in grades one through six while they listened to music performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Learn more >>


This blockbuster traveling exhibition makde a stop at the Indiana State Museum! Visitors experienced poison’s roles in nature, myth and legend through interactive experiences and hands-on discovery. Learn more >>