Childrens Museum of Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Children's Museum delights visitors of all ages with engaging exhibits and hands-on experiences. With more than 40,000 square feet, 11 galleries, and a world of explorations, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis stages a full schedule of exhibits and programs that explore an array of topics and encourage playful learning. Situated on 19 acres of land, this museum in Indianapolis is a place to learn and do for the young and young at heart.

Once visitors step into the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, they'll find an amazing assortment of fun places to explore. Perhaps the most striking thing visitors will see in this museum in Indianapolis is the Fireworks of Glass, a bright, colorful, and amazing sculpture of blown glass by Dale Chihuly. It's a 43-foot-tall tower that rises over a glass ceiling. On the way up from floor to floor, visitors can read details about how the sculpture was created and more about the artist. An exhibit features features space for watching the artwork, and the hands-on element allows visitors the chance to make their own sculptures with colorful plastic-like shapes, blow glass virtually, or explore the hot shop and the glassblowing process on computer screens.

On the lower level of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, things to do include the All Aboard! Victorian railway depot, SpaceQuest Planetarium, the Lily Theater performing arts venue, and the What If environments for young explorers. The state-of-the art dinosaur exhibit is just one of the offerings on the first level. Visitors can step back into the past, way into the past to the Creteceous period. The exhibit grabs attention with a working lab, computer fun, real dinosaur bones, and dig site. The first floor is also home to a gift shop, visitor services, and food court.

On the second level of this museum in Indianapolis, young minds will be expanded as they explore and make their own dinosaur art, discover the special exhibits, and marvel at the Gallery of Miniatures. One floor up, the Indianapolis Children's Museum features an authentic race car from the Indy 500, an exhibit focusing on African-American history, and the Playscape designed for the youngest children. The top level is home to a gallery where visitors can take a ride on antique carousel, a mastodon skeleton, intricate dollhouses, and ScienceWorks in the Dow Science Center, an exhibit that encourages discovery through hands-on exploration. Youngsters and their families can climb a limestone wall, learn about the importance of eating well, and get a glimpse of life beneath an Indiana freshwater pond.

Outside of the Indianapolis Children's Museum, visitors can enjoy the Allen Clowes Garden Gallery and the funky Anklyosaurus to climb on. The fun and excitement spills over into Festival Park, which offers outdoor programming during the warmer months of the year.

This museum in Indianapolis is just one of the fun things to do in Indiana's capital city. Indiana vacation packages that include the Children's Museum of Indianapolis also can include other nearby sites like the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, White River State Park, and the newly renovated NCAA Hall of Champions, all within a few miles of downtown and a bevy of Indianapolis hotels.

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