School Festivals and Events

Enjoy hands-on activities, performances, games and more that will appeal to a variety of your students’ interests while fulfilling select Indiana Academic Standards. Learn more about our school resources in our downloadable PreK-12 Education Program Guide.

STEAM Days at the Indiana State Museum
Nov. 6, 2019 (grades 5-8) and March 4, 2020 (grades K-6) 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Students will connect to the museum on a deeper level as they interact with hands-on, minds-on activities throughout the museum on these special STEAM Days. The galleries will have 8-10 activities spread throughout all three floors to tinker and discover Indiana’s connections to science, technology, engineering, art and math. Look for a special bonus in the Education Center for a design challenge that will have your students creating prototypes to solve a real-world challenge. There is limited space so register early! Only STEAM-related fieldtrips offered during this time. No self-guided fieldtrips available on Nov. 6, 2019 and March 4, 2020.
Contact Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or to schedule a STEAM Day field trip.
Cost: $6/student, $2/chaperone, free for teachers

Native Americans: Beyond the History Book
Nov. 8; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission and the Indiana State Museum as we celebrate the diversity of Native American cultures. Explore contemporary Native American life by perceiving the hurdles of overcoming stereotypes and prejudice in modern society. Discover the variety of tribal nations within Indiana with their unique traditions and history as you talk to tribal members, elders, artists and career professionals. Examine the issues around mascots, reflect on the variety in Native American languages, and survey the breadth of Native American history in Indiana.
Educators, for grants to assist with bus transportation or other programs, you can learn more about the INAIAC Michael Pace Educator Grant here: Additional Native American resources and information are also available.

Holiday Sounds
Pre K–Grade 12
Dec. 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of the season in a spectacular holiday atmosphere as school and community choirs, bands, ensembles and soloists perform holiday music daily in the museum’s Great Hall. Please contact Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or for more information.

Indiana Statehood Day
Dec. 11; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come celebrate Indiana’s 203rd birthday at the Indiana State Museum with fun, interactive experiences and presentations by many state agencies and offices geared toward 4th grade students. Space is limited, so please contact Visitor Services at 317.232.1637. Or, schedule your group for the simultaneous programs at the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Historical Society or the Indiana State Library by calling the Capitol Tour Office for Statehouse activities at 317.233.5293.

GeoFest: the Indiana State Museum Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show
Feb. 21-23, 2020; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bring your students to explore Paleozoic seas, discover mysteries in Ice Age caves, test their knowledge of Indiana’s geology, and investigate the world under their feet. Hands-on activities and million year-old specimens in our galleries help illustrate Indiana’s geological past. Shopping for gems, fossils and minerals from around the globe is available.
Registration is required by calling Visitor Services at 317.232.1637.

12th annual Pinewood Derby®
April 7-12, 2020; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
On your mark, get set…for the second greatest spectacle in racing! The Indiana State Museum and Crossroads of America Council BSA, invite you to race Pinewood Derby cars down the two-story, 125-foot race track and watch them speed across the finish line! The track will be open to the public all week with the official race on Saturday, April 11.

Eco-Science Challenge
April 24, 2020; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Innovative Hoosier students are invited to get involved in finding solutions to current eco-science issues. Students can submit science challenge projects on a range of topics including renewable energy, plastic waste, zero food waste, eco-friendly products, air quality, sustainable agriculture, climate change and others. Learn more >>