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Discover a World of Fun at Popular Indiana Museums
You’ll find that Indiana Museums are anything but boring. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis features five floors of interactive fun and boasts one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur fossils. Spend a fun morning or afternoon exploring exhibits on science, technology, engineering, and natural history. The fourth floor features an indoor carousel. The Children’s Museum of Evansville is housed in a grand Art Deco building previously used as a public library. Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities just a short walk from downtown attractions and eateries. Other nearby museums include the Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum near Merrillville and the Children’s Science and Technology Museum in Vincennes.
Quilting enthusiasts will want to tour the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion. Housed in the historic Marie Webster House, the museum honors legendary quilters from American history and features a variety of displays on classic quilting patterns. Grissom Air Museum is located at Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru. Located an hour north of Indianapolis off US-31, the museum offers historic aircraft exhibits. Sit in a H1-Huey Helicopter, see a bomb loader, and get a close look at 24 military planes used from World War II up to the present.
RV/MH Hall of Fame
Boasting 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, the RV/MH Hall of Fame is located in Elkhart, Indiana. Originally known as the Recreational Vehicle/Manufactured Housing Heritage Foundation, the northern Indiana museum features classic recreational vehicles and motorhomes set along similuated campgrounds. The RV/MH Hall of Fame offers guests a chance to relive a slice of Americana. Visitors to the museum examine time-honored favorites like Mae West’s RV, a 1954 Spartan mobile home, and the iconic 1958 Airstream trailer – all restored to pristine condition.
Indiana Football Hall of Fame
Since its opening in 1973, the Indiana Football Hall of Fame has recognized individuals contributing to the advancement of football. Outstanding football players, coaches, officials and media are included in this selection. Take a stroll through the Hall of Fame to see the historic artifacts, equipment, photographs and memorabilia, dating from the early 1900s to today. The Hall of Fame is located in a historical US Post Office building in downtown Richmond. Visit the Wayne County Historical Museum to learn more about this historical area of central Indiana.
Quilters Hall of Fame
Check out the Quilters Hall of Fame on your next visit to Marion. As you explore the Indianapolis area, head north into Marion, just outside of Gas City, and enjoy a pleasant tour. Founded in 1979 by Hazel Carter, the Quilters Hall of Fame is a pleasant and unique experience, and one of the top area attractions for quilting enthusiasts.
You'll find the Quilters Hall of Fame and all of its exhibits within the historic Marie Webster House. Plan your visit to Quilters Hall of Fame for spring or summer as it's closed for winter, re-opening every April. You'll get a peek at the history of quilting and some of the most iconic and legendary quilters in American history.
There are exhibits displaying the likes of many Colonial Revival Quilts. You can park for free in front of the building on Washington street, or in the parking lot found in the rear. Children under 6 always gain free admission.
Grissom Air Museum
Plan your next trip to Indiana and head north for Peru, home of Grissom Air Museum. Enjoy a bit of local history when you tour the Grissom Air Museum – opened in 1982, the museum is operated by the Heritage Museum Foundation, who seek to preserve the aircrafts located on the Grissom Air Force Base. As you explore Grissom Air Museum, don't miss out on insightful exhibits and hands-on displays.
At Grissom Air Museum, many guests enjoy climbing to the top of the Observation Tower. Some of the headliners at Grissom include the 434th Air Refueling Wing, the 319th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, and the A-10A Thunderbolt II, which was used by the military from 1976 to 1984. Also, be sure to check out one of the North American F-100C Super Sabre fighter jets.
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum
Home to the largest collection of Hudson automobiles in the world, Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum is one of northern Indiana's top attractions. Explore this priceless collection, which features models from the 1900's to the 1950's. Serious automobile enthusiasts will recognize the Hudson, Essex, Terraplane, Railton, and Dover brands. Take a self-guided tour or enjoy a group tour. The museum near Howe offers special rates for groups of 12 or more. The museum is open from April through December and is closed during the winter season. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum celebrates the state's most treasured sport – basketball. Fine athletes from high school to professional basketball, as well as coaches, are honored here. Spend some time in the museum to better understand why basketball is so special in the Hoosier State. Visitors in the Indianapolis area get a better sense of what defines "Hoosier Hysteria" while walking the halls. The Hall of Fame Museum is located in New Castle, approximately 35 miles east of Indianapolis. While in New Castle, drive by the world's largest high school gym – containing 9,300 seats. The game of basketball is taken seriously in Indiana.
Mid-America Windmill Museum
Plan your next visit to Indiana, and make sure to include a trek to the northern region. Kendallville is the city where you'll want to enjoy a stay – if not for the friendly and welcoming locals, then the Mid-America Windmill Museum. The sort of thing you might only find in the Mid West, this museum is legendary. Kendallville's very own Flint and Walling Company has been a major source of windmill manufacturing for decades. A visit to the Mid-America Windmill Museum yields a full day of exploration – see 52 different windmills on display, all of which were made by Flint & Walling Co.