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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest children's museum. It is located at 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana in the ‚Ķ See more



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Jan 17, 2023
We went with our kids aged 8, 10, and 12. They loved every part of the museum. You'll want to leave plenty of time to really enjoy each area because there's so much to do. The attention to detail is … Full review by MikeCincy513
Jan 13, 2023
So fun. So much to do. Okay, the kids liked it too. Lots of antique toys. Buttons to push.. Hands on exhibits, and the old train from the Madison Incline Railroad. Full review by JN S
Jan 13, 2023
Enjoyed going here as a kid and recently visited again. Spent nearly entire day, but still didn't see everything! Full review by U3710VYjacobh


Fun, Educational, and Interactive
If you're in Indianapolis with kids, a visit to this museum is a must. Spanning 472,900 square feet and boasting 11 major galleries, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis lives up to its title as the world's largest children's museum. Exhibits at the highly praised facility include a planetarium, the heavily hyped "Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World" and the "National Geographic Treasures of the Earth" exhibit, which showcases re-creations of three archaeological sites, including an Egyptian tomb, a pirate shipwreck and China‚Äôs Terra Cotta Warriors. Beyond these standouts, there are also several more floors of exhibits and even some Chihuly glass for decoration. Plus, the museum boasts an impressive 12,500-year-old mastodon skeleton and its own carousel. Recent visitors said you can't leave Indy without taking a spin through this museum. Some reviewers even said it's worth adding to your itinerary if you don't have kids in tow thanks to the museum's well-designed exhibits. Plus, parents who visited felt the museum's fun, educational environment encourages interaction not just for little ones, but for parents, too. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission for adults ages costs $21.50; kids between the ages of 2 and 17 enter for $18.50, while children younger than 2 receive free admission. You'll find the museum about 3 miles south of downtown. There is free parking available in a parking garage; the garage is connected to the museum by a covered skywalk. For more information on the museum's current and rotating exhibits, or to purchase your tickets in advance, visit its website.
World's Largest Children's Museum
This is the world‚Äôs largest children‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM ‚Äď 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 ‚Äėpambassador‚Äô and the children experience a very close encounter with the pandas. 10:30 AM ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Story, Secrets of the Lab, Cosmic Canopy, Active Play, Sean and Emma‚Äôs Genre Dilemma, Musical Storytelling, Treasures of the Tomb, Paleo Art Exploration, Waterclock, Back to the Moon for good, Take Action, Anne‚Äôs Story, One World One Sky, Dishu: Art with Characters, What‚Äôs the Buzz, Make Music Together, etc.


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