Considered the largest children’s museum in the world, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will take you out of this world—figuratively, of course—and transport you to outer space, to prehistoric times, to pioneer days. The many exhibits and artifacts help bring imagination to life and it’s the perfect place for families with children of all ages to lull away the hours. And besides having fun, you might even learn something 😉
Jam-packed with activities for future scientists and modern day pirates and princesses, the museum is five floors with both permanent and rotating exhibits. One of the most popular—and most impressive—is Dinosphere. Located in the lower level, the exhibit’s luminously colored sky includes sounds and sites of a changing weather pattern along with the roars, squeaks and caws of creatures that roamed the earth over 65 million years ago. Within the exhibit you’ll meet the 77-million-year-old Leonardo, a fossilized Brachylophosaurus unearthed in the Montana Badlands in 2002; search for dinosaur bones in a make believe archaeological dig; and even touch an authentic T. rex bone.
After you explore Dinosphere, you can ride a 1917 carousel, visit China, attend story time, see a movie in the Lilly Theater, even make a small boat and watch as it negotiates its way along an interactive waterway complete with damns and bridges. And, you can visit the International Space Station.
Brand new to the museum, summer 2016, is the all-new, immersive exhibit Beyond Spaceship Earth. A dynamic exhibit bringing the story of space exploration from NASA’s Project Mercury program—which sent the first Americans into space—to Indianapolis, and beyond. In Beyond Spaceship Earth, families can see astronaut artifacts, learn space-travel history and immerse themselves in the day-to-day life of an astronaut. And on display, Liberty Bell 7—the capsule that once carried Indiana’s own Gus Grissom safely back to earth from beyond. More information including hours of operation and admission prices can be found on the Museum’s website.