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The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis Indianapolis

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The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian St
Indianapolis
IN
46208
Tel: 317-334-3322

Directions

The museum is at 3000 North Meridian Street, and the parking garage is at 3000 North Illinois St.

Where are we going today?

We LOVE a good children's museum - but it's even better when it's the largest in the WORLD! And lucky if you're thinking about heading to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis then you're in the right place!

With more than 400,000 sq feet of children's fun, with 11 major galleries where they can explore the physical and natural sciences, world cultures, arts, and history. It's a place where they can learn and develop whilst having an amazing time! 

Can you hear thundering footsteps, or see unusual plants? You might be in Dinosphere - an exhibit that transports you back 65 million years! You're in their world now! Kids can come face to face with full sized dinosaur skeletons, and even dig for dino bones! There is even an authentic T-Rex bone that they can touch, and see one of the largest displays in the world of juvenile dinosaur fossils. Pretty incredible! 

Kids can take science to a whole new level at ScienceWorks, where they can explore the inner workings of nature, as well as the forces that bind life together, and even the structure of human creations. It's a dynamic experience where kids can learn how plants help the planets, look for frogs, grab a hula hoop or climb a 20 foot rock wall! In a museum? Only at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis!

Other exhibits take them through treasures of the Earth, through Egyptian burial cites, or Chinese traditions. They take them through glass blowing features, carousels, and for those little ones - Playscape. Perfect for pre-schoolers, they can watch their curiosity blossom. 

Situated on 19 acres of land, you might have to make your family day out a few days more! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$21.50
  • Children$18.50 (Ages 2 - 17)
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday

Closed Mondays, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Teachers corner

What a great place to take kids to learn about the world! Groups of 20 or more get a reduced fee, and make sure you schedule a month in advance. .

I'm Hungry!

Of course all that play is going to make you hungry! The food court is where you need to head for the delis, pizza, burgers, or confections!.

Healthy Eating!

Dino Deli has salads and sandwiches which are great for those wanting something a bit healthier. .

Any Top Tips?

Check out some of the reduced admission days, like the first Thursday of every month is FREE from 4pm - 8pm! .

Need a little extra help?

Most of the areas are barrier free, and there are only a handful of less accessible areas because of when the building was build. BUT they do try their best to give you an amazing experience! .

Can I get one of those?

Toys, toys and more toys! The gift shop in the store will leave you baffled as to what to buy! You might have to alllow a day out just for the store! .

More information

If you really LOVE the museum, have a look at the membership because there are a lot of perks, like unlimited carousel rides and free admission for a YEAR!.

What people are saying?

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    Oh I so love this place. Have been several times over the last 30 years or so and it is always fascinating, the lives of children throughout the ages. But they always manage to make it kind of new, as well. Just a wonderful experience and would highly recommend anyone who is thinking about it, especially if you have kids (but even if you do not) to stop by. Give it most of a day to do it tho--!

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    Very fun place. Only spent about 2 hours but could've have spent all day. Great for all three kids, 1.5, 7, 11

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    An amazing discovery. There is something around every corner. Love the 2 full sized trains and the whole train exhibit. Always a must to see whenever we visit. Too many activities to list them all but especially love the actual dinosaur bones that you can touch and observe staff preparing other bones. Kids can play in a flowing stream (you might want to pack dry clothes even though they provide smocks) and kids can also get great tactile stimulation in the sandbox or the music room. Don't miss the cafeteria. Good food and a great variety. Found...Read More

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    Pretty fun place to visit. While obviously geared towards children, me and a group of friends still had a very enjoyable time. Kind of on the expensive side though.

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    I was very disappointed in today's visit to the museum. I expected it to be busy with local spring breaks. I knew the high ticket prices for a mom and two children. What I did not expect was the excitement being diminished when so many things required a "ticket" and they were all sold out for the day. Why must there be tickets for the new dinosaur fossil exhibit when it is out in the open? Why must the rock climb wall need tickets? Set hours and wait. I understand the Lilly theater and perhaps the planetarium but people take the tickets just in...Read More

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by Toni Dautel

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An amazing discovery. There is something around every corner. Love the 2 full sized trains and the whole train exhibit. Always a must to see whenever we visit. Too many activities to list them all but especially love the actual dinosaur bones that you can touch and observe staff preparing other bones. Kids can play in a flowing stream (you might want to pack dry clothes even though they provide smocks) and kids can also get great tactile stimulation in the sandbox or the music room. Don't miss the cafeteria. Good food and a great variety. Found the best way to coax the kids to leave is to offer them soft serve ice cream prepared by a robot. $6 a large cup but well worth the show.

by Lori Barrett

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I was very disappointed in today's visit to the museum. I expected it to be busy with local spring breaks. I knew the high ticket prices for a mom and two children. What I did not expect was the excitement being diminished when so many things required a "ticket" and they were all sold out for the day. Why must there be tickets for the new dinosaur fossil exhibit when it is out in the open? Why must the rock climb wall need tickets? Set hours and wait. I understand the Lilly theater and perhaps the planetarium but people take the tickets just in case and don't use them half the time. I was also disappointed that half of the exhibits were closed. I understand changing things to keep it fresh but at the same time it changes so frequently the memories of coming when I was a child have all but disappeared. I miss the store front and the western area. I laid for hours under the boat dock when my daughter was a toddler, but that isn't something I can share with my other daughter. Fifty dollars is too much to spend for three people to attend the museum when we arrive at 1pm and cannot see a majority of the exhibits.

The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: 63° F / 17° C
Humidity: 80 %
Wind: ENE - 11 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 44° F / 7° C
Humidity: 90 %
Wind: NNW - 17 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 47° F / 8° C
Humidity: 80 %
Wind: SW - 8 MPH

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