The Children’s Museum is a Host to a Pokémon Go Gym!

A wild Pokémon appears! And another! And another! The Pokémon Go epidemic continues to sweep the nation, and the augmented reality game has established a presence at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, too.

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic.  It is based on fictional cartoon-like creatures called Pokémon, which humans (known as Pokémon Trainers) catch and train to battle each other.




The entire museum is home to a myriad of catchable Pokémon—including Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and the super rare Snorlax. And, the museum also houses a Pokémon Gym! The symbol for the Pokémon Gym (a coveted distinction that allows Pokémon trainers to hone their skills) resides at the museum’s Fireworks of Glass sculpture—a 43-foot tall, blown-glass sculpture at the epicenter of the museum designed by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Museum visitors can also drop lures to attract a variety of Pokémon, and they can power-up their Pokémon at ten coveted Pokéstops at the museum.

The museum is aware of the importance of pop-culture topics when it comes to intergenerational learning. With former exhibits on Barbie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and Rock ‘n’ Roll, we know relating to pop culture opens an entertaining dialogue and creates memories amongst families. The Pokémon Go fad has become a pop-up experience throughout the museum and across the globe to fuel these family moments.

We encourage families to come to the museum to engage and play in a fun, safe way—all while becoming Pokémon Masters! Pokémon and PokéStops can be found both inside and outside of the museum. Please note, visitors do have to pay general admission to explore the opportunities of “catching ‘em all,” but can explore the outside grounds and the Welcome Center free of charge.



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