Rhythm! Discovery Center, Indianapolis

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#7 of 14 in Museums in Indianapolis
The Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost percussion museum; providing innovative programs, interactive, standards-based educational exhibits, and artist performances. Drawing upon cultures from around the world, Rhythm! offers a unique, engaging experience to explore the universality of rhythm and percussion and its role in shaping communication, music, art, performance and society. While walking through the visually captivating exhibits, guests are invited to fulfill their dreams of being a percussionist!
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  • My toddler loved it. We stayed at the Embassy Suites next door, so walked over and spent an hour before closing time one day.  more »
  • An outstanding place for people of all ages. You see the history of percussion development from many cultures; see exhibits featuring the instruments of famous percussionists; and then have the fun of...  more »
  • This is a percussion museum which sounds weird but my kids love it. They get to bang on drums and be loud and no one cares. There are educational pieces to read or you can just walk through and make n...  more »
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  • One of the best interactive experiences in the Indianapolis area. I have taken my child there for years and it still ranks very high on his "What do we want to do today?" list. It is a lower cost option for downtown fun, with roughly two hours of entertainment to be had. Try to plan a visit around one of their days featuring live entertainment for an even more enjoyable and immersive experience. A great choice to bundle with other downtown activities for a day of exploring Indy.
  • We wanted a place to spend our afternoon in Indianapolis that our 3 year old and 1 year old would enjoy that wouldn't cost a fortune. The Rhythm! Discover Center fit the bill perfectly. Kids under 5 and under are free and while the the Discovery Center isn't that big, there's enough to do that you could easily spend an hour or two there, especially on a day when it's not too crowded. There's lots of different percussion instruments; lots of drums, cymbals, drum kits, a xylophones, and much more. The kids especially enjoyed banging on the pots and pans, as well as the nook filled with smaller instruments. The exhibit on electronic drums was pretty cool too. And let's face it, even as an adult, banging on drums is a lot of fun
  • My 13month old son who loves music and drums absolutely had a blast. We spent about 2 hours here letting him play everything he could. We were going to visit the children's museum but didn't know it was closed on Mondays so a waitress suggested this place. We're so glad we went because it was perfect! It's definitely an awesome place to visit. We wish they had one in Louisville, KY. We would go weekly because it was that much fun!
  • This place is so much fun! From beginner to expert, anybody can appreciate this interactive museum, where you can learn about percussion throughout history, and play untold numbers of percussion instruments. Honestly, it's a blast!
  • Interactive museum?? More like total fun for the entire family. We spent over 2 hours here so I bought the annual membership

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