Apr 6, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

indiana-state-museum Indiana State Museum

Pinewood Derby® | Best in Show Contest & Race Day

On your mark, get set, rollit’s the secondgreatest spectacle in racing! The Indiana State Museum invites you to race your Pinewood Derby cars and watch as they zip down the two-story, 125-foot track and across the finish line. Alumni derby racers can brush the dust off their own Pinewood Derby cars and new racers can fine-tune their car creations or borrow one from the museum’s line-up. Also, make sure to join us for some out of this world racing on Monday, April 8, for the Total Solar Eclipse.   

Price: Included with museum admission; $2/Access Pass members*; $5/Indiana college student with ID*; $7/BSA Scouts and Girl Scouts and their families*

Purchase admission

*Tickets must be purchased in person with proof of eligibility.

Race Day

All participating cars must be registered by 1 p.m. on race day. Enter a derby car by 2 p.m. for the ‘Best in Show’ competition in which cars will be awarded based on visual design. In addition to racing, visitors can expect hands-on activities throughout the museum inspired by racing, modes of transportation, and even space travel just in time to celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8.

"Best in Show" competition

Participation in the Best in Show contest is included in museum admission, there is no extra charge. Visitors wishing to participate in the Best in Show contest must enter their cars for judging by 2 p.m. day of. Cars will be displayed, and judging will take place between 2-4:30 p.m. that afternoon, and awards will be presented between 4:30-5 p.m.

Rules & Guidelines

The “Best in Show” contest focuses on style over function, but entries must still meet the following guidelines:  

Participants must register in the appropriate age bracket to compete – youth (ages 5-16) and adult (ages 17+).
The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2¾ inches.
Four wheels must be on the car.
Car must be made of wood. 

Youth Category

Indiana: These cars must be representative of something about the state of Indiana, its commerce or its culture.
Out of this world: Celebrate the Solar Eclipse by creating a car inspired by space.
STEM: These cars must be representative of science, technology, engineering or math.
Most Creative: Uniquely designed cars that do not fit into one of the previously stated categories. 

Adult Category

Indiana State Museum: These cars must be representative of the Indiana State Museum or its historic sites, its collection, areas of research or expertise, mission or values. 
Out of this world: Celebrate the Solar Eclipse by creating a car inspired by space.
Most Creative: Uniquely designed cars that do not fit into the previously stated category.