Upcoming Exhibitions

Coming Soon to the Indiana State Museum

  • The Power of Poison 
    Oct. 21, 2017 through Feb. 11, 2018

    Discover the toxic species that live in a remote Colombian forest, where poisons are just one of many tools in the struggle to survive. Learn about a variety of evolutionary strategies and see live animals up close. Find out which familiar tales of illness, enchantment or death by poison contain kernels of truth. Explore some of history’s most intriguing poisoning cases, many of which remain puzzling today. The Power of Poison is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org). 
    This exhibition is part of the Year of Science
  • Log Cabins, Flags and Roses: Lincoln in Quilts   
    Nov. 4, 2017 through Feb. 19, 2018

    Explore how Abraham Lincoln’s life and political career are reflected in unexpected ways through the popular medium of quilts. The exhibition features styles Lincoln would have been familiar with growing up, including one made by his cousin in 1827; those directly associated with Lincoln through the use of campaign ribbons, silks from his wife Mary Todd’s dresses or those of her friends; Civil War quilts; and memorial quilts as well as a range of campaign and other textiles.          
  • Heroes from the Heartland
    Nov. 1 through 11, 2017

    The Indiana State Museum seeks to explore the contributions of Hoosier veterans, highlight the state's military history and patriotic pride, and explore resources available to veterans returning home. Residents of Indiana are encouraged to participate by electronically contributing photos of veterans and active duty personnel. In addition, the museum will run a canned food drive for HVAF (Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation).
  • Nikon Small World
    Nov. 18, 2017 through March 18, 2018

    Discover the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light of a microscope. The world’s best photo-micrographers have captured dynamic images that showcase a wide variety of advanced scientific disciplines.
  • Celebration Crossing
    Nov. 24, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018

    This year’s Celebration Crossing comes alive with holiday merriment from the sounds of bands, bell and vocal choirs and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will entertain visitors in their cozy home through Dec. 24. Early risers may join Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and Santa’s Elves for breakfast and late sleepers may join Santa for supper. Children of all ages may ride on the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and take advantage of a playscape for pre-school and primary elementary aged children in Santa's Playground. Take a trip back in time by gazing into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows rekindling Christmases past. 
    This exhibition is contributed to by Meijer.