Apr 2, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

indiana-state-museum Indiana State Museum

Pinewood Derby®

It’s here — Indiana’s second greatest spectacle in racing! The Pinewood Derby track will be rigged and ready for action as cars zip down the 125 feet of track headed for the finish line. Launch your car from the second-story start line and experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in the quest to find car perfection. Alumni derby racers can brush the dust off their own pinewood cars while new racers can fine-tune their car creations or borrow one from the museum’s line-up. Racing is open to the public, and there’ll be a Best in Show competition on the last day with adult and youth divisions.

Please note, the track will be closed to the public from 4 – 5 p.m. on this date.

Price: Included with museum admission; $7 for BSA, Girl Scouts and their families (tickets must be purchased in person)

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In collaboration with Boy Scouts of America.

See how fast your car can go

Race and test your car’s performance on our open track! Test your engineering skills in stress tests, design your race team logo, and the main event – speed your car down the two story track with fellow racing fans. Stick around to get a photo at our own Victory Lane with your pit crew!


"Best in Show" competition

Saturday, April 8

Visitors wishing to participate in the Best in Show contest must enter their cars for judging by 2 p.m. on April 8. Cars will be on display and judging will take place between 2 and 4:30 p.m., with awards presented between 4:30 and 5 p.m. View previous winners below.

Best in Show Rules
  • Most Creative Youth Winner

    Frankie Buchanan

  • Most Creative Youth Honorable Mention

    Elijah Simon

  • STEM Youth Winner

    Sawyer Scheid

  • STEM Youth Honorable Mention

    Maddy Wrightsman

  • Scouts Youth Winner

    Donald Buchanan

  • Scouts Youth Honorable Mention

    Brooke Wrightsman

  • Most Creative Adult Winner

    Paul McCain

  • Most Creative Adult Honorable Mention

    Donna Carey

  • ISM Adult Winner

    Doug Poad

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