Upcoming Exhibitions

Coming soon to the Indiana State Museum

  • Science at Play
    July 22, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018

    Chemistry sets and science toys contained much more than their parts. Savvy marketing slogans played to parents' hopes for the future success of their children and to the children's own desires for fun and excitement: "Developing Today's Young Scientist for Tomorrow's Future" and "Fun! Mystifying! Give a Magic Show!" Science at Play, the first major museum exhibition to explore the many facets of these miniature laboratories for children, draws from the Chemical Heritage Foundation's collection of more than 250 science kits and toys. 
    This exhibition is part of the Year of Science, presented by Lilly. 
  • Hoosier Salon
    July 27, 2017 - Oct. 8, 2017

    Now in its 93rd year, the annual Hoosier Salon is returning to the Indiana State Museum. The museum previously hosted the longstanding Indiana art tradition from 1990 to 2011. The Hoosier Salon’s new five year agreement with the museum showcases the commitment of both organizations to presenting the best of Indiana’s artists. The juried exhibition of recent art by Indiana’s best artists will remain on view through October 8, 2017.
    The Hoosier Salon is a statewide nonprofit artist-service organization based in Indianapolis with galleries in Carmel, Indiana and New Harmony, Indiana.

  • The Power of Poison 
    Oct. 21, 2017 - 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