Children's Museum Of Indianapolis, Indianapolis

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  • Address: 3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3173344000
  • Ticket Price: 22 USD
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Children Museum, Landmark, Historical Site, Entertainment, Performance, Family And Kids
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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 Ticket 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 reach 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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Children's Museum Of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Reviews

  • This was my first visit to the Children’s Museum and a memorable one at that. Purchasing tickets online is definitely the way to go and parking on a Friday was plentiful and easy to access. I particularly enjoyed the dinosaur, pop culture, and science exhibits but there’s something for everyone on every level. There’s a new sports themed outdoor exhibit and looks to be every bit as interactive as the in-building ones. Prices at the museum store were reasonable and it’s easy to get immersed looking at the huge selection of merchandise. Traffic on Illinois St can get backed up so plan accordingly.

  • Our family had a blast here!! Worth every penny to get in. The people who interact with the kids and explain exhibits are so impressive. We arrived early and didn't make it completely through, so definitely keep that in mind when planning a visit. The only negative was the fact that the photos we took at some of the exhibits never came to my email or the grandparents email. Fingers crossed they fixed the glitch because we really enjoyed that feature and know the grandparents would've been delighted with the photos as well.

  • A fantastic place to spend a day with the kids. If you have 4 or more kids, look at buying the annual pass vs. one time fees. Definitely buy tickets online if you can as they are much cheaper. The new outdoor sports center looks great, but didn't have time for on our last visit. Also save money by packing lunches and renting a locker.

  • This is the perfect place to spend with your family. Here children can learn and play as much as they want. There are many fascinating exhibit and sometimes there's special events that you could see. You will welcomed by giant dinosaurs and Bumblebee awaits you in the lobby. I really like to watch the movie inside their outer space theatre. There's also a playground for different age group, so younger kids can play safely too. They also have comfortable nursing room and family restroom.

  • There is a reason the Indianapolis Children's Museum is consistently rated among the best in the country. It's clean, has great interactive exhibits, and is worth the price of admission. Parking is free, but get there early on weekends because it can get crowded. Also, check their website before going because some exhibits rotate after a few months. It isn't cheap, $25 a person for adults and about $20 for kids on weekends. Buying online can save you money, or going during the week when prices are lower. There is a huge dinosaur exhibit, an old time carousel, science and nature exhibits, etc. Also, opening this spring is a major sports exhibit featuring basketball goals, a football field, a small hockey rink, etc. The food options are good but also pricey, so perhaps eat before or after visiting.

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