Current Exhibits

All Aboard

The Reuben Wells is the centerpiece of the museum All Aboard! exhibit. It became part of the museum’s collection in 1968. What do you do with a 35-foot-long, 55-ton locomotive? Make it the centerpiece of a gallery devoted to railroads,...

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Carousel Wishes & Dreams

The centerpiece of this permanent exhibit on Level 4 is the restored 1917 Carousel that once stood in an amusement park on the eastern bank of the White River in Broad Ripple Village. Lined with finely carved and painted horses,...

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Dinosphere

Contents of the exhibit Dinosphere’s Paleo Prep Lab gives children and families the opportunity to watch paleontologists clean bones and have their question answered by working scientists. Dinosphere: Now You’re in Their World® is a one-of-a-kind exhibit designed to immerse...

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Fireworks of Glass

Dale Chihuly is perhaps the world’s best-known contemporary glass artist. His glass works, which range from single tabletop pieces to large multiple-piece sculptures, are in art museums, corporate offices, and private homes around the globe. His largest single exhibit and...

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Leonardo: The Mummified Dinosaur

As one of only four mummified dinosaurs found in the world and the most complete of them all, Leonardo is one of the most scientifically important dinosaurs ever discovered.

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National Geographic Treasures of the Earth

A view of the recreated tomb of pharaoh Seti I, considered to be the most beautiful in all of ancient Egypt, from National Geographic Treasures of the Earth . Thanks to the Indiana Jones and National Geographic films, archaeology has...

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Playscape

A water play area has long been part of the museum’s Playscape gallery. Water play allows children to interactively explore scientific concepts like as cause and effect and mathematical ideas like empty and full. When Playscape opened in 1981, it...

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ScienceWorks

Science? Walk outside. Watch a building as it is constructed. Splash around in a creek or river or lake. Eat an apple. Plant some seeds. Science isn’t a list of facts you have to memorize for a test. It’s all...

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Stories from Our Community

Everyone has a story to tell and they can tell it at The Children’s Museum exhibit Stories from Our Community . Opened in September 2012, it uses oral history to illustrate the value of storytelling in documenting personal and community...

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Take Me There: China

On May 10, 2014, China arrived at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with the opening of the exhibit Take Me There:® China . It is the second in the museum’s popular series of Take Me There exhibits, which immerse visitors...

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Take Me There:® China

Take Me There:® China is one of the largest comprehensive exhibits on contemporary China ever produced in the U.S.

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The Power of Children

Sometimes an acquisition becomes the impetus for an entire exhibit: that was the case with The Power of Children: Making a Difference® , a permanent exhibit that opened on Nov. 10, 2007. The culmination of five years of planning and...

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