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Childrens Museum Of Indianapolis

Dinosaurs and pirate ships, interactive exhibits, games and toys from a bygone age — it’s all at this children’s wonderland.

The five floors of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hold over 120,000 exhibit items. A visit here provides an unforgettable day of education and inspiration for children of all ages.

As soon as you approach this museum and see the two life-sized Brachiosaurs attacking the main building, you’ll know you are in for something special. Enter the main floor at ground level and explore the mysteries of the dinosaurs in Dinosphere. Encourage your kids to get their hands dirty in the dinosaur dig where they can search for bones.

Walk down the spiral staircase to discover the Treasures of the Earth exhibit. Peer into the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh, or rifle through the treasures of a shipwrecked pirate ship. Head to Level 3, where The Power of Children exhibition tells the uplifting stories of children who have made a difference to the world. Among the stories featured are those of the Jewish girl Anne Frank and African-American girl Ruby Bridges. These tales educate about prejudice, as well as showing how the actions of a child can inspire millions.

On Level 4 you’ll find The Carousel, a National Historic Landmark originally built for a fun fair and moved to the museum in 1973. Once you’ve done the rounds here, head to the ScienceWorks to build boats, climb a rock wall and take part in other activities all aimed at fostering a love of science.

A visit to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum can easily fill a day or more. If you are stretched for time pick up a floor plan from reception and decide which areas you want to visit.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is located a few minutes’ drive north of the city center and parking is free. Food is available from a number of outlets on Level 1, or you’re welcome to bring your own. Admission is more expensive than many other museums in the area, but a memorable day is guaranteed.


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5 Queen Beds 2 Minutes to State Fairgrounds, 5-10 Minutes to Downtown
5 Queen Beds 2 Minutes to State Fairgrounds, 5-10 Minutes to Downtown

5 Queen Beds 2 Minutes to State Fairgrounds, 5-10 Minutes to Downtown

, Indianapolis
     
    4.8
    of 5, from 8 reviews
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    Located in Mapleton/Fall Creek, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Children's Museum of Indianapolis, George Washington Park, and Morris - Butler House. Clowes Memorial Hall and Hinkle Fieldhouse are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Private Carriage House In Downtown Indy With Rooftop Screened In Porch
    Private Carriage House In Downtown Indy With Rooftop Screened In Porch

    Private Carriage House In Downtown Indy With Rooftop Screened In Porch

    661 E 24th St, Indianapolis
       
      5.0
      of 5, from 1 reviews
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      Located in Near Northside, this condo building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Children's Museum of Indianapolis and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Morris - Butler House and Phoenix Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      The Alexander $143
      The Alexander

      The Alexander

      333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 1,458 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and NCAA Hall of Champions are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Location, Location, Location! Modern Townhome in Historic Downtown Indianapolis
        Location, Location, Location! Modern Townhome in Historic Downtown Indianapolis

        Location, Location, Location! Modern Townhome in Historic Downtown Indianapolis

        , Indianapolis
           
          4.8
          of 5, from 6 reviews
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          Located in Near Northside, this vacation home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Morris - Butler House and within 3 mi (5 km) of Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and NCAA Hall of Champions are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Inn at the Villa $94
          Inn at the Villa

          Inn at the Villa

          1456 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 200 reviews
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            Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from President Benjamin Harrison Home and within 3 mi (5 km) of Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and NCAA Hall of Champions. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 5.4 mi (8.7 km) away.

            Hyatt Regency Indianapolis $116
            Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

            Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

            One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 3,060 reviews
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              This atrium-style high-rise is linked by enclosed skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center and Circle Centre shopping; the state capitol is 1 block away and Lucas Oil Stadium is a half-mile away.

              Sleep Inn & Suites and Conference Center Downtown $79
              Sleep Inn & Suites and Conference Center Downtown

              Sleep Inn & Suites and Conference Center Downtown

              1244 W 16th St, Indianapolis
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 1,061 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Indianapolis, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Riley Hospital for Children, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and NCAA Hall of Champions. Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Looking Glass Inn $104
                Looking Glass Inn

                Looking Glass Inn

                1319 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 259 reviews
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                  Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Morris - Butler House and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. NCAA Hall of Champions and Children's Museum of Indianapolis are also within 3 mi (5 km).