Known as one of the top children’s museums in the world, Indianapolis’s Children’s Museum contains five floors of whimsical, interactive exhibits ranging from a dinosaur habitat to a journey through contemporary China. Children of all ages are invited to explore and play their way through the museum’s many educational galleries, each of which has a simultaneous focus on fun. Learning experiences abound, whether kids are climbing in the Playscape, listening to a fable or story, or admiring recreations of some of the world’s greatest treasures.
Of particular note is the Dale Chihuly glass masterpiece, “Fireworks of Glass,’ which extends five stories high and has more than 3,000 individual pieces of glass. Other highlights are the museum’s 35-foot long steam engine, its chocolate-themed slide, carousel, live theater performances, and an exhibit featuring children who have historically made an impact on the world. There’s even an InfoZone inside that functions as a branch of the Indianapolis library.
The museum welcomes more than 1 million children each year.
The Children’s Museum is located just minutes from downtown Indianapolis. To get there, drive to the corner of 30th and North Median Streets. You’ll find a convenient parking garage nearby on North Illinois Street. Many IndyGo bus routes also stop right at the museum. Admission is $18.50 for children and $22.50 for adults, and is open everyday from 10 am to 5 pm.