Where to Go for Free Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Indy

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January officially ushers in winter, the start of a new school semester and – in honor of his January 15th birthday – the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a federal holiday signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, many schools follow suit by offering the third Monday of the month off from classes too.

To honor Dr. King and his enduring fight for equality, many museums and organizations will open their doors for free on January 17, 2022.

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It’s the perfect opportunity to spend a fun day with the family while remembering the powerful life that Dr. King led.

Indianapolis Zoo

The zoo is typically closed on Mondays, but will opens its doors for and MLK Celebration sponsored by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana that includes both free admission and parking. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, in lieu of canned goods, the Zoo is asking for monetary donations to benefit Gleaner’s Food Bank. 

When: January 17, 9 am – 4pm
Where: 1200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Free ticket required. Tickets are available beginning Jan. 7.

Celebrate the life, achievements, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special performances by The Griot Drum Ensemble.

When: January 17, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis

Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie will once again open for MLK Day with free admission. Throughout the day, we will have activities, music, and discussions that will focus on the 1950s and 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the social justice issues of today.

When: January 17, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers

Eiteljorg Museum

Enjoy FREE admission to the Eiteljorg Museum on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Pre-reserved timed tickets are available to see the final day of  Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, as well as general admission to see other exhibits at the museum. Timed tickets are required and limited based upon capacity. Reserve yours here.

When: January 17, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 500 West Washington St, downtown Indianapolis

Indiana State Museum

Celebrate Dr. King’s dream and explore the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equity in America. Videos will highlight Dr. King’s most iconic speeches, and activities and performances will explore civil and human rights. Reflect on what you can do to ensure the dream lives on.

When: January 17, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 650 West Washington St, Indianapolis

Indiana Historical Society

In honor of Dr. King’s efforts for his community, we have set aside a day to help our fellow Hoosiers learn more about his efforts and his legacy, and engage in acts of service. Visitors are invited to participate in service-related activities, learn from community members, explore community storytelling with GANGGANG, and more!  

When: January 17, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 450 West Ohio St, Indianapolis

NCAA Hall of Champions

Once again, the NCAA will open it’s doors for free to celebrate Dr. King. Experience all 24 NCAA sports through interactive exhibits including a 1930s replica gymnasium, sports simulators, trivia challenges, a scavenger hunt and more. 

When: January 17, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 700 West Washington St, Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Join Newfields Sunday, January 16 to celebrate MLK Day for an afternoon of sharing and reflecting through art. Come together in spirit to remember Dr. King’s words while moving beyond our comfort zones and exploring new perspectives in the IMA Galleries at Newfields and from your home. Click here to reserve free tickets.

When: Sunday. January 16, 11 am – 4:00 pm
Where: 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis

National Parks

In honor of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., National Park Service sites will waive entrance fees for everyone on Monday, January 17, 2022, as the first fee free day of the year. Commemorated on the third Monday of January every year, it is also a day of service when hundreds of volunteers participate in service projects at parks across the country.

When: January 17, All Day
Where: National Parks

Do you know of a location with free admission on MLK Day that we missed?
Let us know and we’ll add it to the list! [email protected]

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