Celebrities

Kenny Aronoff

Acclaimed drummer Kenny Aronoff demonstrated his technique during an event held in conjunction with the 1990 exhibit Drumbeats: A Percussive Experience.

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Robert Bakker

Renowned paleontologist Robert Bakker spoke to Paleo Prep Lab visitors during a 2005 visit to the museum.

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Dale Chihuly

World-renowned studio glass artist, Dale Chihuly, who designed the museum’s sculpture Fireworks of Glass , created paintings for the collection as well.

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Betty Ford

The night before the 1976 building opened to the public, First Lady Betty Ford toured the new museum during a party for the neighborhood.

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Bernard Gitton

In 1988 French physicist-artist Bernard Gitton and an unidentified assistant helped install the museum’s Water Clock, which Gitton designed.

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Zahi Hawass

Internationally renowned Egyptian archaeologist and Egyptologist Zahi Hawass first partnered with the museum by providing valuable assistance with the creation of the museum’s traveling exhibit National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure , which opened in 2006. In 2009 he was...

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Jim Henson

Muppets creator Jim Henson visited the museum in 1985 during the opening of the exhibit The Art of the Muppets .

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Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard)

Don Herbert (a.k.a. Mr. Wizard), who helped popularize science with a Saturday morning television show, did a Supermarket Science program at the museum in June 1982.

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Michael Jackson

The King of Pop—Gary, Indiana native Michael Jackson—visited the museum in 1990. A stipulation was that no photographs were allowed, so the only reminder of his visit is the phonograph from the museum’s collection that he signed, dating it 1998...

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Elton John

To mark the 25th anniversary of his friend Ryan White’s passing, British pop star Elton John performed a tribute concert at Clowes Hall on the Butler University campus in April 2010. The evening benefitted The Children’s Museum, which features Ryan...

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David Letterman

On June 1, 1979, local TV station WTHR became an NBC affiliate. To mark the occasion the Today Show broadcast part of the popular morning program live from The Children’s Museum. David Letterman, an Indianapolis native and NBC employee who...

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Jane Pauley

On June 1, 1979, local TV station WTHR became an NBC affiliate. To mark the occasion Indianapolis native and Today Show cohost Jane Pauley broadcast part of the popular morning program live from The Children’s Museum. Fellow NBC employee and...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt paid a visit in August 1937 to see a collection of dolls made by WPA workers employed at the museum.

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