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Don't ever go to Indianapolis & not see the Children's Museum; after all, it's ranked as the "world's greatest Children's Museum!
Jill & I loved it. There is an indoor parking building that is free, & it is attached, via a bridge, to the museum. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10-5; every first thursday of the month, it is open from 10-8.
Adults pay $7.00 entrance fee.
We first saw the featured attraction called "Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World" which was a display of juvenile dinosaur fossils in a realistic environment that incoluded a prehistoric forest during the Cretaceous period. There were great sound effects with dinosaur growls, screeches, and roars accompanied by thunder and footsteps. We loved the lighting effects depicting dusk to dawn.
The cutest thing we saw was a 3-year-old girl dressed as a dinosaur, tail and all, provided by the museum. There was a big nest with dinosaur eggs; she picked one up and carried it like a baby.
Of course, her mother & grandmother were clicking photos.
There were several wonderful "hands on" activities where kids could do a dinosaur dig, make their own dinosaur out of clay, trace a dinosaur, do a dinosaur rub, and "Discovery Pods"...it was just remarkable.
This museum is 5 stories high! There's a 35-foot-long, 55-ton steam engine in the lower level; a planetarium with a sky projection system; a collection of miniature rooms; a Passport to the World that shows how people around the world live; a Mysteries in History where you visit the way people lived in an 1850s log cabin, a 1750s French Fur Trading Post, & an early 1900s Main Street; An African-American exhibit to teach children about their culture; antique dollhouses; plant biotechnology; a real freshwater pond; a rock climbing exhibit; a construction site; and a hand-carved Carousel. There's also a theatre for children's plays, a Museum Store, & an eating area.
No matter your age, this is a Must See!
This museum is completely awesome. I've heard that it is the best children's museum in the country. Children and adults can enjoy this place. The only downside I can really think of is that it is usally packed! It's best to go early in the week.
This museum has been ranked among the best it the country. It will provide hours of fun for the whole family. They have activities built for toddlers to tweens (maybe even teens). My boys love to go visit the museum and ask to go often. They have a new dinosaur exhibit that opened this summer, that is fantastic! Enjoy!
Okay, it's not quite as cool as it was when I was 8, and I'm a little bitter than some of my most affectionately remembered exhibits have been changed or removed all together. But it is still the largest Childrens Museum in the world. It's a little pricey, but worth it, especially if you've got kids with you. Lots of up-ramp walking. The IMAX theater is right next door, too.
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
OK, I suppose this is aimed more for children. It's an interactive science museum, for the most part, although they have a carousel here too! Anyway, there are several floors of things to do here and I'm always hearing the name mentioned around where I live. It's supposedly one of the best in the nation. I've only been once when I was much older, in my teens, in high school, as part of a group seeking to compare other science museums in the area to the Louisville Science Center... so I'm not sure if I got the full effect! ;)
This place was very nice, and I definitely reccommend it if you have children.
The children's museum would be a hit with kids of all ages. My boys, ages 3 and 6, had a great time and we stayed most of the day.
The museum is celebrating its 75th year. It is housed in a modern facility that was clean, open and airy, and less crowed that the museums in Chicago we visited later in the week.
The museum is five levels with an atrium in the middle. It is very well designed, with hands on displays for kids with a different focus in each area. The displays included the history of Indiana, mechanical things and science, trains (such as an old locomotive that came from Madison, Indiana), a room filled with musical instruments, and a room displaying culture from around the world. The museum has an old Merry-Go-Round, a planetarium, and a movie theatre that shows Omnivision films. While we were visiting, we saw a play presented in the theatre and a special exhibit about an Orlando themepark. One of the most unique things I saw in this museum was a 'rock climbing cliff' where the children climbed a realistic rock wall. Parents hold a safety rope, but the children power themselves up the wall. Arrive early to reserve a spot for rock climbing or a play.
Childrens' Museum - the WORLD's largest (yes, I said World's!!) Have kids, Grandkids, Nieces or nephews? Bring them to Indianapolis and spend a day in this museum. Second to none for kids and only to to the Smithsonian for collection this is truly amazing and don't forget to see the Cinedome film projected by IMAX equipment. ASK how to get there - it is north of the city center and you'll need to either drive or take a North Meridian bus.
World's largest AND very experience oriented
We have taken our children there since they were small and my daughter takes her kids there. It is geared for kids and kids -at - heart of all ages.It covers history ,geography, science, and sports.