Children's Museum Of Indianapolis

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About Children's Museum Of Indianapolis, Indianapolis

This is the world’s largest children’s museum and a part of the American Alliance of Museums. The building is marked with 5 floors consisting of exhibit halls. This museum was founded by Mary Stewart Carey in 1925 with the generous help of a number of civic leaders and the present location was chosen in 1946. It is also the 4th oldest such institution in the whole world.

The main exhibits of the museum are-

  • Science Port: China- This place is for young discoverers and scientists to explore the beautiful world of Chinese culture. The best part is that the children get to involve themselves in the host of activities in here. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.
  • Spark of Inspiration- This is a place for young and creative writers. Here they take inspiration from everyday objects and jot down these on the inspiration board to create their new TRANSFORMERS character.
  • Pambassador- This section is dedicated completely to the cute pandas. This is to promote the awareness and importance of pandas in the Chinese culture. Here the ambassador is called as ‘pambassador’ and the children experience a very close encounter with the pandas. 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM.
  • Up Close and Personal- On the Set!-here the children learn how the programs they watch on TV are created by using a variety of techniques. 10:30 AM-10:45 AM, 1 PM-1:15 PM, 3 PM-3:15 PM.
  • Biotech Center:Green Thumbs- This program is attended by families where they learn gardening techniques and also build one small garden each. It is like a small project which they can take back home and the see the plants grow. 10:30 AM-10:50 AM, 11:30 AM-11:50 AM, 1:30 PM-1:50 PM, 2:30 PM-2:50 PM, 3:30 PM-3:50 PM.
  • Dissect a T- Rex- The huge skeleton of a dinosaur is conserved to enable the visitors study the inside of the world’s largest mammal that is now extinct. 11 AM-11:15 AM.
  • Kite to Flight- This is a journey in history for the children where they are shown how the Wright brothers were successful in constructing the 1st aircraft in the world.
  • The other exhibits here include Backlot Game Show challenge, Experiencing Art Together, Up Close and Personal, Ruby’s Story, Secrets of the Lab, Cosmic Canopy, Active Play, Sean and Emma’s Genre Dilemma, Musical Storytelling, Treasures of the Tomb, Paleo Art Exploration, Waterclock, Back to the Moon for good, Take Action, Anne’s Story, One World One Sky, Dishu: Art with Characters, What’s the Buzz, Make Music Together, etc.

Children's Museum Of Indianapolis Information

  • Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and also carry your child’s swimsuit.
  • Check the official website for the additional event details.

Children's Museum Of Indianapolis Tickets Prices

  • Youth under 2: Free
  • Youth (ages 2–17): $18.50
  • Senior (60+): $20.50
  • Groups of 20 or more- Youth (ages 2–17): $12.50
  • Adult (Ages 18–59): $16.50
  • Senior (60+): $15.75

Children's Museum Of Indianapolis Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Museum Store: Mon–Sun, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • InfoZone-  Fri to Sun from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tues to Thurs from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • First Thursday of every month- Free: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • April 26, 2015—Free admission for El Dia de los Ninos
  • Dec. 24, 2015—Free 10 am–2 pm for Christmas Eve

How To Get To Children's Museum Of Indianapolis by Public Transport

  • Bus numbers 18, 38 and 39 till Meridian Street and 30th Street.
  • Bus numbers 4 and 28 till Illinois street and Private Dr- 3100 N.

Restaurants Near Children's Museum Of Indianapolis

  • Shrimp Hut

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Address: 3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, United States

Phone: +1-3173344000

Ticket Price: 22 USD

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Time Required: 05:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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  • My child goes to the children's museum preschool, so we literally go there twice a week. We obviously don't spend all day there twice a week after school, but if we did, we would probably find plenty to do for several weeks. The exhibits are clever and cater well to a wide variety of ages and ability levels. It is pricey, so if you are local and take your family more than once a year, spring for the membership- also there is a very cool branch of the public library there. If you are not local and are going to be in Indy for a couple days with kids, it's worth it to spend one there. They have the best dinosaur exhibit I've seen! The trains are a hit with my kids, but I wouldn't be upset if they upgraded that exhibit, honestly. The toddler area is awesome and I love love love the China exhibit. We have not been into the space exhibit yet but it looks interesting from afar :)

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  • Indianapolis is lucky to have the Children's Museum. It's easily one of the greatest things to do in the area and probably the state. The permanent exhibits are very high quality and they do a great job with temporary exhibits. We've spent countless Saturday's over the past 8 years and have more to come. Our membership has always paid for it self and will continue to for the next several years. Once my kids are too old I will certainly miss our trips here.

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  • The Children's Museum is massive! It's definitely one of the things to do if you visit Indianapolis. We went on the first Thursday of the month for $5 tickets, which you can buy ahead of time. I recommend getting there early, because there are four floors and a massive basement area to check out. Do not make the mistake of leaving the dinosaurs and the space stuff in the basement for last. They are the best!

  • The museum was wonderful! Very clean, bright, well laid out. The exhibits were interesting & varied. The glass tower was magnificent! The ramp walkway made getting around with a stroller very easy. The children's play area was very fun for the little one. We will definitely return if we're in the area again!

  • Great children's museum! A lot of things that are hands on for the kids. My son is under 5 and still had many things he could do. For example, they had music time in which kids clapped and danced. Then the program leader had musical instruments for the kids to play on. He also really enjoyed racing Hot Wheels down various tracks. Final nugget of info is to buy the tickets ahead of time to save some extra money. Parking is free too. Overall great value and experience!

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