Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis

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#1 of 88 in Museums in Indiana
With five floors and more than 120,000 items, Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest children's museum. Adults and children can enjoy exploring American culture, international cultures, and natural science. Discover retro Barbie dolls; an Indonesian puppet's samurai suit of armor; and Bucky, the teenage T. Rex. Information is presented in a way that is easily accessible to children, with lots of interactive activities. Older children may want to visit the emotional exhibit about three extraordinary children: Anne Frank, Ryan White, and Ruby Bridges. Plan a trip to Indianapolis easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • We went during our children's fall break. By far the China exhibit was the family favorite. We took a trip on an airplane then visited a "family's" home. This exhibit highlighted what it would be like...  more »
  • Various corners has been condensed into one Museum. Corners, such as dinosaurs, Art, circus, train and play each little by little. Children were in care very circus corner. Goes down one day and see how
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  • We always enjoy ourselves here, except when it's so packed you can't move. Plan according! Tons of fun for the whole family. It's not cheap, but it's good for a full afternoon of entertainment and has...  more »
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  • Holidays activities were very enjoyable. Visited the International Space exhibit and experienced the thrill of being on board the ship. They have several shows that are very helpful and give you in depth information about space. Adults and children alike are allowed to engage with lots of different things that are very helpful. I enjoyed the Water Clock. Children of all ages will love the activities. I recommend that you allow yourself to engage and see several times a year. I would say 3 hours minimum a visit.
  • This place is amazing. I cannot say enough about it. There are four floors of amazing activities that you can do with your child (ren). Hands on, interactive and fun. Touch everything, use everything and take as many pics as you can. Be sure to empty out your memory card because you will be taking lots of pics. There's pretty good food in the cafe. Parking is always great and free. Lots to do lots to see. Second time I come and I still can't get enough of this place. Will be back again for more. But online tickets. Seem to be cheaper!
  • The children's museum is a great place to spend time as a family. There are activities for all ages and interests. Everything is tactile and interactive on some level. The exhibits change regularly and are usually well done. On the downside, it's a bit expensive for non-members and the crowds are usually rough on weekends and around holidays. The food options are decent, but kind of expensive even for members. I highly recommend getting a membership. It pays for itself in as little as two visits.
  • Huge museum with tons to see. Less interactive than my older kids would like. Still, a ton of great things to see. The food court did was a bit pricey and pretty bland, but you can bring your own food. The exhibits we liked best were the Chinese one, the dances and musicians were great, and the dinosaurs. I kind of wish the museum had a little more tunnels and interactive play areas though. I hope the new outside area is more interactive.
  • What's not to like about the Children's Museum, ha, as it's ever changing displays are great for kids of all ages. The exhibits are always wonderful and interesting and you might even learn a few things about the land that time forgot, or almost forgot I guess, ha. From ancient Egypt and the pyramids to the age of dinosaurs they have it all here. Bring a bus load of kids from school, or bring a date for something different than a movie, she will be impressed and you will look intelligent and get bonus points for thinking of coming here, ha. During certain holidays they also have night time events, and everything is always family friendly. Spend a fun day at the Children;s Museum!

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With limited public transportation in the city, those traveling without a car should consider the location of their accommodations carefully. To stay within walking distance of Indianapolis’ best restaurants and bars, look for a hotel or apartment rental in the arty Mass Ave or Broad Ripple neighborhoods. Downtown lodgings are often more expensive, but provide easy access to Indy’s best-known attractions for those on vacation. Bed and breakfasts in the city’s residential areas provide a healthy dose of Midwestern charm.
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