No school or work on Presidents Day? Then this is the perfect day to visit one of the places around Indianapolis offering free admission for Presidents Day.
Pro tip: Many of these places require advance registration in order to control crowd numbers. It’s a good idea to check the website of your location before you head out, and make sure you register if that is required.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Details: These special activities and programs will be available from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.:
Political Pinbacks. Explore campaign pins from the museum collections and design your own pin advocating for a cause you care about.
Can you vote? Learn about voting rights and discover what year you gained the right to vote!
Take it to the Polls. Now it’s your turn to vote! Learn what people were voting for in 1921 and complete your ballot at our voting station.
More info: Due to limited capacity, free tickets are required. Please call 317-334-4000 on Feb. 15 to check for day-of availability, or visit childrensmuseum.org
NCAA Hall of Champions
Details: NCAA Hall of Champions usually doesn’t require reservations to visit, but they anticipate more visitors than usual on Presidents Day. Reservations will be needed if you plan to visit on Monday, February 15.
More info: To make a reservations, visit ncaahallofchampions.org/visit-reservation
Indiana State Museum
Details: Visit the Indiana State Museum for Presidents Day activities! Design a lunar lander for JFK’s moon mission, try your hand at sending a presidential message, explore Eisenhower’s transportation system and design a system for the future, or become an inventor just like Abe Lincoln. Test your vice-presidential knowledge or deliver a speech from White House Press Room. To ensure capacities are kept at safe levels, visitors are invited to attend from 10 a.m. to noon, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., or 3 to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is not required; admission is first-come, first-served.
Indiana State Museum Historic Sites
Details: Most of the Indiana State Museum Historic Sites around the state will be offering free admission. From Greek Revival architecture on the banks of the Ohio River to the home of one of Indiana’s most beloved impressionist painters, the perfect day trip is just a hop, skip and jump away. Visitors are strongly encouraged to call the site to reserve their visit in advance. Note that New Harmony, Whitewater Canal and Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Sites will not be open.