A Family-Friendly Guide to Indy's Top Museums and Exhibits
Top Museums around Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The world’s largest children’s museum is located right here in Indianapolis! At The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, enjoy five floors of fun and interactive learning, plus seven acres of outdoor sports activities in Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience.
Indiana State Museum
The Indiana State Museum features a year-round calendar of exhibits, events and educational programs for all ages. Here, you can learn the story of the Hoosier state, past and present. The museum is also the home to an IMAX movie theater and the L.S. Ayres Tea Room, which is open during the holidays.
Combining history with science, at Conner Prairie, visitors can explore Indiana's heritage through hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits. The museum offers history-themed, immersive experiences, including interacting with costumed characters, visiting historical recreations, playing atop Treetop Outpost, taking flight on a hot air balloon and more.
A place for nature and arts, Newfields features art galleries with permanent and rotating exhibits from world-renowned artists. Newfields is also home to The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest outdoor art parks in the U.S., and The Toby, a movie theater.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Immerse yourself in Native American art, culture and history at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Located in White River State Park, the Eiteljorg is one of the only museums in the Midwest with an extensive collection of art by indigenous peoples, as well as paintings inspired by Western America.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
The Indiana History Center is where visitors can immerse themselves in experiences that explore Indiana’s rich history. The museum is dedicated to showcasing archival material of the Hoosier experience, including photographs, manuscripts and film.
Rhythm! Discovery Center
Move to the beat at Rhythm! Discovery Center, the world’s foremost drum and percussion museum. Located in the heart of downtown Indy, Rhythm! features unique, interactive exhibits highlighting a rich collection of historic artifacts and hands-on percussion instruments.
NCAA Hall of Champions
Play, discover and explore the world of college sports at NCAA Hall of Champions, which boasts two-levels of interactive sports-related exhibits. View memorabilia for all 24 NCAA sports in the museum, and compete virtually with sports simulators, a ski simulator and much more.
Indianapolis Firefighters Museum
The Indianapolis Firefighters Museum is dedicated to showcasing the history of firefighting in Indianapolis and around the country. Visitors can browse a collection of vintage firefighting equipment, and see how the work of firefighting has evolved over the years.