Temporary Displays

During your museum visit, keep an eye out for these special temporary displays supplementing our galleries and experiences.

Symphony in Color
Children in grades one through six were given paper and simple art supplies, and played a moving piece of classical music. Discover what images, colors and shapes emerged as they listened to pieces including John Willliams' “Main Title” from Star Wars, and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Scherzo” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. What themes are consistent amongst the pieces, and what unique approaches inspired the artists? See it all at Symphony in Color, a special 100+ piece display on the Indiana State Museum’s Whipple Truss Bridge.

Creativity Studio
Visit the Creativity Studio to interact with your imagination in a whole new way. Help decorate a giant cardboard cave, draw and decorate your body’s shadow, design brick art masterpieces and discover more changing activities. The floors, walls and tables are your canvas for creativity. 

The 1910 Lambert Automobile
John Lambert was a prolific inventor with over 600 patents. Some of his early inventions included a gasoline powered engine and “vaporizer” which was a simple carburetor, and in 1891, he built a three wheeled  gasoline “buggy car” – reportedly the first American automobile in Ohio City, Ohio. He moved to Anderson, Ind. by 1893, and by 1905 set up his Buckeye Manufacturing Company to mass produce cars, trucks and tractors.

In this display, you’ll find a yellow car that was manufactured by Buckeye Manufacturing Co. in Anderson. This particular Model 28 car was donated by a descendant of Lambert, and there are only a handful of this model known to exist.

Find this display on the second floor just outside Global Indiana.