The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208-4716- Map It
(317) 334-3322

AAA Editor Notes

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is on the n. side of 30th St. between Meridian and Illinois sts. More than 120,000 artifacts reflect history, foreign cultures, natural and physical science, trains and the arts. Featured are a replica of the International Space Station, the Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater and a reinvented ScienceWorks gallery. Guests can view a nearly 27-foot-tall water clock, which uses discs and globes as well as physics principles to display the time; the 43-foot-tall Fireworks of Glass tower, which ascends above a glass ceiling and features, at its base, a hands-on exhibit explaining glassblowing processes; and a fully operational, late 19th-century carousel. The Dinosphere exhibit area includes dinosaur fossils and skeletons, interactive computer programs and a collection of dinosaur artwork. Take Me There: China is a multiyear exhibit showcasing contemporary Chinese topics as well as ancient culture. The five-story museum also offers live entertainment at the Lilly Theater. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
(Includes theater and planetarium shows) $21.50; $20.50 (ages 60+); $18.50 (ages 2-17); free (first Thurs. of the month 4-8, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, last Sun. in Apr. and Christmas Eve). Carousel $1.
Hours: Daily 10-5 (also first Thurs. of the month 5-8), Mar. 1-Labor Day; Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (also first Thurs. of the month 5-8), rest of year. Planetarium hours may vary; phone ahead. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.