Quick Facts About the Museum

Quick Facts

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis—the biggest and best children’s museum in the world—is a [501 (c)(3)] committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families.


Founded: 1925

Age: 91

To create extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families.

Museum by the Numbers

  • 1.27 million annual attendance
  • 472,900-square-foot facility sited on 29 acres
  • 12 major galleries for permanent and temporary exhibits
  • Collection of 120,000 artifacts and specimens
  • 300 full-time and part-time employees
  • 585 active volunteers
  • $32.9 million annual budget
  • $275 million endowment


$32.9 million in 2016

  • 43% support from endowment
  • 37% admissions, membership fees, and museum tours
  • 10% donations from individuals corporations, foundations, The Children’s Museum Guild, and other organizations
  • 10% program and activity fees, museum store, leased restaurant


The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is an independent nonprofit institution governed by a 35-member board of trustees

President and CEO
Jeffrey H. Patchen

Executive Team
Katy Allen
Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development


Andy Bawel
Chief Financial Officer


David Donaldson
Chief Technology Officer


Amy Kwas
Vice President of Development


Jennifer Pace Robinson
Vice President Experience Development and Family Learning Exhibits


Brian Statz
Vice President of Operations and General Counsel


Lisa Townsend
Vice President of Marketing and External Relations