The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis

4.6
#1 of 88 in Museums in Indiana
With five floors and more than 120,000 items, The 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. To visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and get the most from your holiday in Indianapolis, create itinerary details personal to you using our Indianapolis vacation builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Our expectations were absolutely exceeded. Our 6 year old had a great time with so many interactive exhibits, and the playscapes area was perfect for our 1 year old. The location was easy to get to an...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I loved this museum, particularly the dinosaurs on the outside they are fantastic! I think young children may be too young to appreciate it fully but there are things for all ages to enjoy. The circus...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The museum was filled with many activities to do as well as a clean facility. They had 4 floors filled with prehistoric activities and a train exhibit that has many things for children to do. There is...  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    Best place for any age, any day. The weekends can be pretty busy. A yearly membership allows me to take 1 person with me for free. I don't know where else I can find this much entertainment for the annual price. They continue to grow, expand and offer new exhibits regularly. SOME exhibits at times cost additional $ on top of your membership, I don't like that and have never gone to those exhibits. There is plenty to see and do with a regular membership. Kudos for giving me such an incredible place to grow up with, raise my son, granddaughter and now my grandson in!
  • July 3, 2017
    What a gynormous museum that is a ton of fun for the entire family. We spent a lot of time in the circus and the Hot Wheels exhibits, and discovered a free play area for younger children at the end of our visit that was loved by both girls (4,7) and gave mom and dad a break. Beautiful, fun, entertaining. There is too much to see in a day. If I lived closer, I would get a pass.
  • July 8, 2017
    My daughter has been going there since 11months,she'll soon be 12 years old! Now she goes along with my niece who is 2! Go early make a day out of it!There is something for every intrest. Today we saw a 40 minute play(free with admission) they have at least three a year! So many exhibits to choose from,Hot Wheel, Dinosaurs,trains,travel to China,Dance,pop culture!Children who love science there's plenty for them..Power of children exhibit teaches tolerance of adversity, they have live story telling performances for each child hero the exhibit focuses on,Ruby Bridges,Ryan White,and Ann Frank(a must see) there also a carousel for the end of the day! Food court,and a store for good eats and souvenirs! Open from 9:00-5:00 My family has a membership so in summer months we go once a week! Go explore and you'll see it the best place in Indy for kids, maybe even the Countryđź‘Ś
  • July 7, 2017
    Visited on a discount night. Way too many people than the museum can accommodate and long lines for everything. Staff did their best trying to manage the crowd. Had to leave after less than half an hour. It may be better during normal days. The museum needs to do a better job of making the museum accessable but also enjoyable ...
  • June 14, 2017
    So much fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. There is so much to see and do and everything is family friendly. The playscape is perfect for the youngest kids. There is a quiet area for nursing moms who prefer some privacy. The membership is well worth the price if you plan on visiting more than once and includes free rides on the carousel.

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