About the Museum
Transformative Family Learning
We all learn differently. At The Children’s Museum, we provide extraordinary experiences for all ages. From interactive displays and hands-on activities, to demonstrations and direct contact with scientists, writers, musicians, athletes, actors, and other experts, we have something for everyone.
Since opening to the public in 1925 with 600 donated objects, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has transformed itself into the biggest and best family museum in the world. Our 472,900-square-foot building on 29 acres, houses 11 galleries and a collection of more than 120,000 objects, and our creative staff and innovative exhibits have earned us an international reputation for excellence. As the museum has evolved, so has our focus.
Focus on Families
Family learning is the bedrock of everything we do. Our exhibits are expertly crafted to provide opportunities for multiple generations to interact, learn, and have fun. We go far beyond the traditional objects-and-labels approach, and create ways for families to be immersed in transformative experiences together, creating lasting memories and extraordinary experiences.
Focus on Schools
We believe the key to Indiana developing a more vibrant work force is inspiring children in the arts, sciences, and humanities—and then transforming that inspiration into academic success. The museum has been a trusted, valuable educational resource for area schools for decades. In 2014, more than 101,000 students and teachers experienced our exceptional exhibits and utilized our curriculum-based study units.
Focus on Community
We’re proud to call Indianapolis home and take seriously the responsibility of being a good neighbor. That’s why we work closely with area residents, civic leaders, businesses, and neighborhood organizations to enhance the surrounding neighborhoods. The museum also gives back more than $2.6 million in free/reduced admissions each year. We offer free admission 15 times annually, free one-year memberships to licensed foster parents and their families, $1 admission to low-income families taking part in our Access Pass Program, and free memberships to anyone living in the Mid-North neighborhood.
Focus on Quality
Being the world’s biggest and best children’s museum doesn’t just happen overnight. It has come from years of dedication, expertise, hard work, and generous donations from supporters like you. We take seriously our mission of creating extraordinary learning experiences and the world has taken notice.
- In 2014, the museum received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama in a White House ceremony—the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community.
- We have received numerous grants from prestigious organizations like NASA, the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Sciences, Lilly Endowment Inc., Lumina Foundation, and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
- The museum was voted the Best Family Museum in the U.S. by the readers of USA Today/10 Best and one of the 10 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S. by Fodor Travel.
- We partner with world-renowned museums, universities, and research groups from around the globe and corporations like National Geographic, LEGO, Hasbro, and Mattel.
While accolades and recognition are nice, we know that our continued success demands that we focus on the future, and that’s what Extraordinary Transformations: The Campaign for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is all about.
You can ensure that our life-transformative experiences continue far into the future.