The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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I received discounted admission to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Last week I shared some of our visit to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Today I get to tell you more about the exhibits we enjoyed exploring. The museum visit was more than just playing with water or discovering dinosaurs, we also learned Egyptian culture and learned about three famous children who made a difference in their lives.

I received discounted admission to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Take Me there: Egypt

Take Me There: Egypt is an interactive world of Egyptian culture. You shop the marketplace, visit an Egyptian home, drive a tuk-tuk or discover the world along the Nile River.

You can play games to learn more about Egyptian culture on the Children’s Museum website.

Take me There Egypt
Take me There Egypt

The Power of Children

The Power of Children: Making a Difference shares the extraordinary storiesof Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White — three children whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a difference in the world. This permanent exhibit engages children and families to explore issues of isolation, fear and prejudice throughout 20th century history and today.

I grew up in the 80’s when Ryan White was going through his fight with Aids. There was a whole section devoted to his story where you could take a look at his life and his struggle to educate the world.

Another section of the museum was all about Ruby Bridges. We really enjoyed this section of the museum. It was a neat look into how education has changed so much.

The Anne Frank section of the museum was too heavy for my kids. We skimmed through it very quickly. The whole story of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust is such a sad part of history that we decided not to spend much time here. But for older children, this could be a very important part of the museum.

chidren making a difference

All Aboard

My kids have always loved trains. This exhibit was no exception. The scenery is racing past the window so that it feels like you are actually moving.

Travel back in time to 1890s Madison, Indiana, and view the impressive Reuben Wells, a 35-foot-long, 55-ton steam engine built to conquer Indiana’s Madison Hill, the steepest railroad grade in the United States.

All Aboard Train Exhibit
All Aboard Train Exhibit

Do Touch!

Many museums have signs reminding you to look but not touch. But not here at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The kids had the opportunity to touch a real meteorite, a dinosaur bone and even a mastodon skull.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
“You CAN Touch this”

Things to know before you go:

  • Parking is FREE if you park in the parking garage across the street on Illinois Street.  You can then use the crosswalk on the 2nd floor to easily enter the museum.
  • Coats:  If you go during the cold weather, you can check your coats for only $1.00 at the main entrance.  There are also self serve lockers available to rent.
  • Snacks:  There is a full snack bar with every food option you can imagine.  You can get the typical snack type foods, but there is also a wide range of healthy options.  Food and Beverages are only allowed in the Food Court,  Snack Lunch Area or Festival Park.
  • Accessibility:  The museum covers multiple floors but there are ramps and elevators.  If you have young children who get tired walking, then you would definitely want to bring your stroller.
  • Cameras:  Cameras are allowed through out the museum except for in the Planetarium and Theater.
  • Timing:   This is a huge museum.  You could easily spend an entire day here.  Plan your visit so you will have plenty of time and energy to see it all.  You can have your hand stamped if you need to leave the museum and then come back in.


Have you been to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis? What is your favorite exhibit? I’d love to hear!

I received discounted admission for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No financial compensation was received.

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