Upcoming Experiences

All ages can celebrate the magic of the holidays at the Indiana State Museum! Visit with Santa and share your holiday wish list with him, enjoy a delicious lunch in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ with your family and friends or hear the sounds of the season from local schools, groups and organizations. Ride the Santa Claus Express train, dress a snowman in Santa’s Front Yard, or pack Santa’s sleigh and assist reindeer recruits with their take-offs and landings in Santa’s Workshop. Nov. 29 Jan. 5, 2020  See more >>


Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention!

This exhibit showcases Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg™’s iconic contraptions and celebrates his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills. Like Rube Goldberg, you can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible! Jan. 18 – May 10, 2020

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The United States is in the middle of a crisis that is impacting families and communities. A perfect storm of prescription drugs, powerful illegal narcotics, the science of brain chemistry and socio-economic pressures, among other factors, has fueled a spike in opioid abuse at all levels of society. Indiana is no exception. Discover personal stories of recovery, explore the science behind opioid addiction through hands-on interactives, learn how to affect positive change in this crisis, and participate in art making and performances that help build empathy. Feb. 1, 2020 – Feb. 7, 2021  See More >>

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XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness

Using facial expressions, words, movement and art making, XOXO explores what love and forgiveness mean to you, and to others. Play, act silly, and consider what makes you sad, mad and happy. Ask questions, listen and learn about yourself and the people around you. This exhibit encourages visitors to take a deep breath and explore these feelings through interactive experiences. May 23 – Sept. 7, 2020