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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis

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Children’s Museum Museum
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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  • The children enjoyed their visit. There was plenty for them to explore without the experience being overwhelming. We may go again.  more »
  • Every time we visit grandma and grandpa in Indy we visit the Children's Museum. They change there exhibit's often which gives the kids something different to discover each time. We spent about 6 hours...  more »
  • This is a great place to take young children. Everything is interactive and they have plenty of room to run. The food quality was questionable but they do allow you to bring in your own food.  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 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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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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