School Programs

School Programs

Explore Indiana with your students
The Indiana State Museum provides resources, both for the classroom and for museum visits, to enhance educators' curriculums. Whether it’s a school program, outreach program, learning resource trunk or professional development opportunity, we’re here to serve you. Learn about our opportunities below or in our downloadable PreK-12 Education Program Guide.

Our teachers say it best:
“I wanted to send a thank you for a great visit to your STEAM Day. One of my kids was asked how the day went by another teacher, and she responded, "AMAZING!" I think that is the best review you could get. The children really absorbed so much information between the activities and visiting the exhibits themselves. The DNA extraction activity was a BIG hit. They were so excited to share this activity with their parents. We were also able to use their experience on the 3D drawing activity in class today as we studied some art work that had been translated with this programming. Between the hands-on activities developed in the museum galleries, the STEAM activities, and the pendulum, I'm not sure what else we could have asked for in our day. SOOOO much great learning.” - Maria Ging, 4th Grade Teacher at Fall Creek Elementary

Visit the Museum

Field Trips

Explore our natural and cultural history galleries, from geological specimens to objects related to our 16th president. Discover historical figures in Indiana like Gene Stratton-Porter and Thomas Say. Experience hands-on learning in one of our programs or theater performances. With so many possibilities, no field trip to the museum is ever the same! Learn more >>

Theater Performances

Engage in conversation with Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Say by participating in interactive live theater performances at the museum. Your students will find themselves in the thick of the action! Learn more >>

School Programs

During your field trip, schedule a themed school program tailored to your group's ages. We have a variety of options to choose from that will complement the learning in your classroom. Learn more >>

Festivals and Events

Enjoy hands-on activities, performances, games and giveaways that will appeal to a variety of your students’ interests while fulfilling select Indiana Academic Standards. Learn more >>

Outreach: Bring the Museum to You

Outreach Programs

Want to provide a museum experience for your students but can’t make it to Indianapolis? Let us bring our outreach programs directly to you. We have a variety of options to choose from to compliment your curriculum. Learn more >>

Outreach Performances

Engage in conversation with Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Say by participating in interactive live theater performances in your own classroom. Your students will find themselves in the thick of the action! Learn more >>

Learning Resource Trunks

From Civil War to Indiana quilts, we have a Learning Resource Trunk perfect for your class! Give your students hands-on activities to help them discover Indiana art, science and culture. Interactive trunks are packed with books, artifacts, posters and activities. Each trunk includes a teacher’s manual and fulfills select Indiana Academic Standards. Learn more >>

Educator Resources

Join one of our enrichment opportunities designed to help teachers bring their classrooms alive with content and activities to supplement curriculum. From exhibit previews to learning resource trunks, we offer a variety of programs to add to your knowledge and enhance your skills. Learn more >>

Download your copy of our PreK-12 Education Program Guide.
This handy tool includes everything you need to know about our field trips, school and outreach programs, galleries, and special exhibitions. Download now >>


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Browse our calendar to discover all programs, events and special activities throughout the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. Browse calendar >>