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Family Fun with Science, Art & History
If your family has a longing for learning, Indiana is your answer. Children’s museums with a focus on science, art, and history are scattered throughout the Hoosier State. Some Indiana museums include the Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum near Merrillville, the Evansville Museum of Arts & Science in Evansville, and the Children’s Science & Technology Museum near Vincennes.
Indiana’s history and art museums are kid-friendly as well. The Westchester Township Historical Museum is located in historic Brown Mansion in Chesterton, while Ball State University in Muncie is home to the Ball State Planetarium and Observatory and David Owsley Museum of Art. More art museums await the little artist in your family. Set in Elkhart, the Midwest Museum of American Art is a 25,000-square-foot art museum, while the Carnegie Center for Art & History is located near Clarksville.
Carnegie Center for Art & History
Located in New Albany, the Carnegie Center for Art & History first opened in southern Indiana in 1904 as a library with over 11,000 books. It continued as a library until 1971 when it became the current history museum and art center. Enjoy strolling through the two permanent exhibits, including the award-winning "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men & Women" exhibit. At the free monthly Family Fun Workshops, families can work on fun art projects together. Schedule time during the lunch hour to enjoy a free monthly program during the Lunch & Learn lunch series.
Midwest Museum of American Art
Visit the Midwest Museum of American Art in downtown Elkhart to see galleries of 19th and 20th century American art. The museum displays over 2,500 works of art, including original Norman Rockwell paintings and signed lithographs. Each month, the museum showcases a special art exhibition. While traveling in northern Indiana, consider visiting the campus of University of Notre Dame and the College Football Hall of Fame. Both are located in South Bend, 14 miles from Elkhart.
Children's Museum of Evansville
Opened in the fall of 2006, the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, also known as the Children’s Museum of Evansville, is dedicated to engaging the curious minds of children in the community of Evansville in Southern Indiana. The museum is comprised of four main galleries with over 18,000 feet of exhibits for children. The four main galleries are Work Smart, Live Big, Speak Loud, and the Quack Factory and a multimedia theater.
The children’s museum is a great place for field trips and birthday parties as it not only engages children in fun, hands on activities, it is also an educational experience. Memberships and tours are offered on a regular basis for all ages. Activities range from digging for dinosaur bones to visiting the Big Bank where children can learn to handle money.
The whole museum is designed for children to be an engaging, hands-on learning experience that teaches various subjects through action. The Koch Family Children’s Museum is an excellent family activity for parents to learn with their child.
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Capital City of Indianapolis is home to many wonderful sporting venues, attractions and museums. Some of the finest are Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. This incredible museum, established in 1925 by Mary Stewart Carey, is the world's largest children's museum.
The museum has grown throughout the years to encompass 472,900 square feet, with over 120,000 artifacts. It remains one of the most-respected museums for children, in the United States. The hands-on, engaging exhibits make learning fun for the whole family in Indianapolis.
Dinosphere, SciencePort, Hot Wheels for Real, and the SpaceQuest Planetarium and the five-story Fireworks of Glass sculpture, are just a few of the wonderful exhibits located throughout the museum's five levels. Be sure to schedule plenty of time to see it all.
Children's Science & Technology Museum
The Children’s Science & Technology Museum in Terre Haute encourages its visitors to have fun exploring science and technology in southern Indiana. Utilizing the traveling exhibits, the museum reaches over 22 counties in Indiana. This museum offers a variety of hands-on exhibits, including the Energy Generation Station and Water World, so kids may have a blast discovering the world of science. While in Terre Haute, take a stroll through the Indiana State University campus set a few blocks from the museum, not far from the Wabash River.
Evansville Museum of Arts & Sciences
Located in downtown Evansville in southern Indiana, the Evansville Museum of Arts & Sciences features arts, history, and science exhibitions – plus art galleries and the Koch Planetarium. Explore paintings, sculptures, and a variety of art objects dated from first-century BC through the 21st century.
The museum also houses an impressive collection of over 200 American Indian artifacts from the 1930s. Don't miss the rare cabinet built by Abraham Lincoln during your visit. The museum's science demos, virtual museum, outreach programs, and classes are excellent educational opportunities for visitors.
Westchester Township Historical Museum
Located in the 1885 Brown Mansion in Chesterton, the Westchester Township Historical Museum was first established in 1998. The museum strives to educate the public on the history of Westchester Township. Enjoy touring the 16-room, Victorian-style historic mansion, while learning about the history of this beautiful northern Indiana town. Stroll through the museum to view the local art, permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits. Local elementary school children enjoy touring the museum, during the museum's educational programs and scouting programs.
Hannah Lindahl Children's Museum
Traveling with children? Be sure to head to Michawaka in northern Indiana for the Hannah Lindahl Children's Museum. Be sure to check ahead for museum hours, and get excited for center events like the Holiday Winter Wonderland in November and December, and the Hannah Lindahl Children's Museum’s birthday party each September – one fun spot in Indiana.
Children are thrilled to explore the Gallery Hall focusing on the glacier period, the Native American wigwam on display, and a 1800s replica of the town of Mishawaka. The kids may also grab a seat in the historic schoolhouse, and discover the exhibit focusing on Mishawaka’s Sister City – Shiojiri, Japan.