The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis

Our inaugural visit to the Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis was a lot of fun. I took the family up there during an in-service day at school so we could spend some time together. Visiting this particular museum has been on our list for quite some time. I’m not entirely sure why we don’t go to Indianapolis more often, obviously we go to Cincinnati quite a bit, and make an annual trip to Columbus, but very rarely do we venture up to Indianapolis. It is an interesting town, and although roughly the same drive for us to Louisville, it is a straight shot via the highway with very little curves and therefore much more enjoyable. I suspect that will go to this museum again though, possible an annual excursion while the boys are still young.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this museum. First off, there is a tremendous amount of things to see and do. You do have your standard science, space, and human body exhibits with lots of things for the boys to interact with and play on. My oldest son especially likes exhibits that he can build with or touch with his hands and make something out of, he has an engineering spirit to him and the mark of an artist. His favorite was the Chihuly glass sculpture and the make your own art piece underneath their famous Persian Floor. He could’ve stayed all day plugging in glass objects into the various spheres and been content.

It’s incredible how stoked they were about this visit. They were in awe throughout, starting with the gigantic model dinosaur peaking into the lobby to the train exhibit. Here is a rundown of the exhibits we were able to enjoy –

  • Treasures of the Earth – they enjoyed exploring Seti’s Tomb and climbing all over Kidd’s Shipwreck.
  • Fireworks of Glass – this was the Chihuly exhibit, we spent quite a bit of time hear peering up through the Persian Floor
  • All Aboard! – they loved getting inside the caboose and playing in the train station
  • The Power Of Children – my wife liked this exhibit. I particularly liked seeing Ryan White’s bedroom
  • Beyond Spaceship Earth – we saw the Star Trek related show here, I actually really liked that honestly
  • ScienceWorks – really cool rocks (my oldest is an amateur rock hound) and plenty of climbing to do
  • American POP – I liked the comic books and Batman exhibit (go figure right?)
  • Barbie You Can Be Anything – my wife enjoyed it and the boys climbed on everything here
  • Take Me There: Greece – I couldn’t figure out why they chose Greece, but we actually learned quite a bit here

There were lots of miniature exhibits and playhouses we visited also. We will return for “The New Dinosphere” as it wasn’t open to the public and hopefully grab dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Also thumbs up for the really tasty cafeteria there – we had a good lunch.

Dale Chihuly Persian Ceiling - The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis
Dale Chihuly Persian Ceiling – The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis
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