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Indiana State Museum The Indiana State Museum presents exhibits and programs highlighting the best of Indiana's science, culture and art.

Explore one of Indianapolis' top attractions. The Indiana State Museum in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis is the place to go to uncover Indiana’s secrets. The museum houses exhibits on science, art, culture and history of Indiana from prehistoric times up to the present day. The museum provides stunning views and architecture, making it a great venue for weddings, special events or meetings. Home to the Farmers Market Cafe, the Indiana Store gift shop, and the IMAX Theater, Indiana’s largest movie screen. The Indiana State Museum is part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites system. Follow Indiana State Historic Sites on Facebook for more info on sites' happenings. The Indiana State Museum reserves the right to remove any comments or other postings that are considered SPAM, hate speech, profanity, bullying or disparaging toward another individual.

Every adventurer – even a pirate! – needs a fort. 🙌In this week's design challenge, use your building skills to create a...
06/01/2020

Every adventurer – even a pirate! – needs a fort. 🙌

In this week's design challenge, use your building skills to create a fort from materials you have around your house!

Learn more about our weekly challenge here: https://bit.ly/2yRwTdF

Have YOU ordered your Camp in a Box kit yet? 🤔Campers in grades 1-6 can discover a variety of fun topics – including Mar...
06/01/2020

Have YOU ordered your Camp in a Box kit yet? 🤔

Campers in grades 1-6 can discover a variety of fun topics – including Mars, chemistry in the kitchen, art masterpieces and more! – in these themed kits.

Learn more and order your kit here: https://bit.ly/2WUivL3

A point of clarification and context: We always support freedom of speech and the right to protest. As an organization, ...
05/31/2020

A point of clarification and context: We always support freedom of speech and the right to protest. As an organization, we stand against injustice of any kind.

We recognize that our damages are insignificant in the context of lives lost, oppression of individuals or continued racism, and we apologize for our insensitivity.

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The Indiana State Museum’s building and mastodons were among the downtown entities that experienced vandalism last night.

Don't miss Quirky Queries At Home: Haunted New Harmony (ages 18+) TONIGHT! 🙌Join our discussion with Joni Mayhan, author...
05/30/2020

Don't miss Quirky Queries At Home: Haunted New Harmony (ages 18+) TONIGHT! 🙌

Join our discussion with Joni Mayhan, author of "Haunted New Harmony," as she guides us through chapters in her book describing paranormal experiences at several of our New Harmony historic sites.

Be sure to register here: https://bit.ly/2yAcmdv

05/29/2020
Behind-the-Scenes: Fossils

Do trackways and footprints of once living animals and organisms that are at least 10,000 years old count as fossils? 🤔

Find out in this week's Behind-the-Scenes with Peggy Fisherkeller, curator of geology at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites! ⬇️

05/28/2020
Demonstrations: Create a Rock

Do YOU know how sedimentary rocks are formed? 🤔

Learn about rock formation in this week's demonstration video, then create a rock of your very own from materials you can find around your home!

Find other demonstrations, activities, storytimes and more on our website. Explore the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites at home here: https://bit.ly/3dwy4i9

05/27/2020
Early Childhood activity: Water Filter

Why can't we just drink water out of a pond or river? 🤔 What makes dirty water drinkable anyway?

Your Young Explorer can find out more about how Earth naturally filters water in this week's Early Childhood activity with Mr. Evan.

Learn more about water filtration in the video below. ⬇️ Then, try to make your very own water filtration system! 🙌

Have YOU taken the #RestartSurvey yet? 🤔We know we'll come together again to celebrate what bonds us best - travel, arts...
05/26/2020

Have YOU taken the #RestartSurvey yet? 🤔

We know we'll come together again to celebrate what bonds us best - travel, arts, food, community events and more.

Until then, tell us what you need to make plans again here: https://bit.ly/3bRXAw8

What can we learn about the ancient and more recent human past by analyzing artifacts? 🤔Those artifacts can help us bett...
05/26/2020

What can we learn about the ancient and more recent human past by analyzing artifacts? 🤔

Those artifacts can help us better understand human culture and the people who lived before us!

Learn about archaeology – and participate in your own mini archaeological dig at home! – in this week’s #TeachingTuesday. Explore more here: https://bit.ly/2TG53Z1

On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. ...
05/25/2020

On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 🇺🇸

Did you know Bacchus, the god of wine, is featured on a chandelier in the dining room at the Lanier Mansion State Histor...
05/24/2020

Did you know Bacchus, the god of wine, is featured on a chandelier in the dining room at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site?

Learn more about how Roman and Greek mythology was used in Gilded Age homes below! ⬇️ #SiteSunday

Take a look at the chandelier from the mansion dinning room! Bacchus, the god of wine, is featured on four sides of the fixture. Using Roman and Greek mythology throughout gilded age homes expressed the tone of the room or highlighted features about the family. What symbolism can you find in your house?

05/23/2020

Memorial Day weekend is usually filled with social gatherings and meals shared with friends and family, but that might not be the case this year.

During this Adults Night In, we're still celebrating the holiday weekend by sharing a cake recipe that Mary Todd Lincoln used as a special treat for her family.

Find the recipe on our blog here: https://bit.ly/3cYxBF0

Ready for some summer fun? 😎 Summer camps might look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't have ...
05/22/2020

Ready for some summer fun? 😎

Summer camps might look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't have summer camp fun at home! We're bringing camp fun to you with Camp in a Box from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

Learn more and order your kit here: https://bit.ly/2WUivL3

05/22/2020
Behind-the-Scenes: Haynes and Lambert automobiles

Did you know Haynes and Lambert automobiles were both once manufactured right here in Indiana? 🤔

Explore the similarities and differences between a 1910 Haynes Runabout Model 19 and a 1910 Lambert Automobile Model 28 during this virtual tour video!

05/21/2020

What is palentology? And just what does a palentologist do? 🤔

Learn more in this week's demonstration activity! Then, explore how you can become a palentologist and create your very own excavation at home!

Find other demonstrations, activities and more on our website here: https://bit.ly/3dwy4i9

Our greatest responsibility is understanding what matters most to you. As our local economies restart, we want to know h...
05/21/2020

Our greatest responsibility is understanding what matters most to you.

As our local economies restart, we want to know how we can help you comfortably return to sporting events, the arts, dining, music and more. So tell us what you need to make plans again.

Take the #RestartSurvey here: https://bit.ly/3bRXAw8

05/20/2020
Early Childhood storytime: "Be Quiet!" by Ryan T. Higgins

Ready for storytime? 🤔 We are! 🤗

We really miss storytime in Firefly Landing at the Indiana State Museum, but we hope you and your little ones enjoy this virtual storytime until we can safely meet again. Join Mr. Evan as he reads "Be Quiet!" by Ryan T. Higgins.

Find other Early Childhood storytimes, activities and more on our website here: https://bit.ly/3dwy4i9

What are fossils, and what can they tell us? 🤔Find out about fossils in this week's #TeachingTuesday, then create your o...
05/19/2020

What are fossils, and what can they tell us? 🤔

Find out about fossils in this week's #TeachingTuesday, then create your own sketch of organisms that died more than 10,000 years ago!

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3bMJSuL

Senior cords - a trend likely originating at Purdue University during the first decade of the 20th century - were a trad...
05/18/2020

Senior cords - a trend likely originating at Purdue University during the first decade of the 20th century - were a tradition unique to Indiana.

As the story goes, some Purdue seniors noticed a bolt of yellow corduroy fabric displayed in the window of Taylor Steffen Co. in the fall of 1904. The seniors decided to have trousers made from the material, which soon became a fashion statement for the rest of the class and later spread to other Indiana colleges and high schools.

Learn more about this trend of bygone days in our latest guest blog: https://bit.ly/2zNK3IY

We’re SO excited to hear the news that Indiana will fund a nearly $1 million distribution of naloxone or Narcan, a medic...
05/18/2020

We’re SO excited to hear the news that Indiana will fund a nearly $1 million distribution of naloxone or Narcan, a medication approved to prevent overdose by opioids.

Funds were made available by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s state opioid response grant. Our “FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis” partner Overdose Lifeline,Inc will distribute 25,000 doses of naloxone to first responders, families, friends and others who might be first on the scene if someone overdoses.

Learn more about this announcement here: https://bit.ly/3fUErgB

What were some of the hobbies Glenn Black, Indiana's first professional archaeologist, had during his down time at Angel...
05/18/2020

What were some of the hobbies Glenn Black, Indiana's first professional archaeologist, had during his down time at Angel Mounds?

Find out in this week's #SiteSunday! ⬇️

What did Glenn Black do in his free time at Angel Mounds? He built model cars. Upon his death in 1964, Ida Black, his widow, donated some of them to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Sadly, they no longer have them in their collection.
In addition to model making, Glenn was a Hi-FI stereo aficionado, even installing a system in Eli Lilly’s house for him.

These warm temperatures have us wanting to spend our evening outside –  socially distant, of course – for this week's Ad...
05/16/2020

These warm temperatures have us wanting to spend our evening outside – socially distant, of course – for this week's Adults Night In. ☀️

While enjoying a walk, draw inspiration from Hoosier novelist, photographer and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter by grabbing your camera or sketchbook and becoming a naturalist for the night! 🍃

Explore more here: https://bit.ly/3cF7aE2

Can you piece together these scenes from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites?Find puzzles from all 12 Indiana St...
05/15/2020

Can you piece together these scenes from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites?

Find puzzles from all 12 Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites locations here: https://bit.ly/2y4D3Xu

05/15/2020
Behind-the-Scenes: Frank V. Dudley

Landscape painter Frank V. Dudley spent 40+ years capturing the Indiana Dunes in his works. 🎨

The painter was an active member in the movement to preserve the dunes, but the land where he built his studio later became part of Indiana Dunes State Park.

In a unique arrangement with the state of Indiana, Dudley provided one large oil painting as annual rent to remain in his cottage studio. Learn more about the artist and his work in this behind-the-scenes video. ⬇️

05/14/2020
Demonstrations: Traveling in a Covered Wagon

Journey back to pioneer Indiana and learn about things settlers had to consider when packing their covered Conestoga wagons for their travels to Indiana.

In this week's demonstration, learn about the food and supplies pioneers needed and think about what you'd be sure to include in your covered wagon!

Find other demonstrations and fun activities you can try at home here: https://bit.ly/3dwy4i9

#OnThisDay in 1800, William Henry Harrison was appointed governor of the Indiana Territory by President John Adams.This ...
05/13/2020

#OnThisDay in 1800, William Henry Harrison was appointed governor of the Indiana Territory by President John Adams.

This new territory included what would later become the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, plus the northeastern part of Minnesota.

Vincennes served as the territory's capital, and it was there that Harrison later built the first brick home in Vincennes and the Indiana Territory.

05/13/2020
Early Childhood activity: Lunar Lander Module

Do YOU know how astronauts landed on the moon? 🌝

Learn about lunar landers with Mr. Evan, then gather materials to make your own lunar lander module at home during this week's Early Childhood activity! 🚀

How will you make sure your astronauts land safely in your lunar lander?

Did YOU get a chance to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over Indy? The Blue Angels flew over Indianapolis, Chicago and...
05/12/2020

Did YOU get a chance to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over Indy?

The Blue Angels flew over Indianapolis, Chicago and Detroit earlier today as a salute to frontline healthcare heroes and first responders, as well as all those affected by COVID-19.

Here was a glimpse from the Indiana State Museum! #INthistogether #AmericaStrong #HealthcareHeroes

05/12/2020

Did you know the wind is moving air caused by changes or differences in air pressure within our atmosphere? 🤔

During this week's #TeachingTuesday, learn more about wind, how to measure it, and how YOU can make your very own wind detector at home! 🙌

Explore more here: https://bit.ly/2zwG57r

Did you know the G.C. Van Camp & Son Packing Company of Indianapolis was incorporated in 1875 and produced 8 million can...
05/11/2020

Did you know the G.C. Van Camp & Son Packing Company of Indianapolis was incorporated in 1875 and produced 8 million cans of pork and beans a year from its factory on Kentucky Avenue by 1882?

The Indianapolis company merged with the Tennessee-based Stokely Brothers and Company in 1933 and officially changed its name to Stokely-Van Camp Inc. in 1944. The character called "Easy" first appeared in the company's animated advertising film, "Easy Does It," in 1946.

This advertising ceramic figurine once belonged to Russel Raymond Resler, who worked at the Stokely Van Camp Indianapolis headquarters, and is now part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites collection.

Happy Mother's Day from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites! 💐This handmade Mother's Day card and envelope in th...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites! 💐

This handmade Mother's Day card and envelope in the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites collection were painted by Hestelle (Stell) Clemens in the 1970s. She was the lead painter and supervised the decoration department for the Harper J. Ransburg Company of Indianapolis.

Looking for a "cool" date night idea? 🤔While we aren’t able to stroll hand in hand with our honey on a day out right now...
05/09/2020

Looking for a "cool" date night idea? 🤔

While we aren’t able to stroll hand in hand with our honey on a day out right now, we wanted to bring some fun of our Ice Age experiences to you at home!

Find out how to plan an Ice Age date night here: https://bit.ly/2Wfpj5v

Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, which signaled the end of World War II in Europe.T...
05/08/2020

Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, which signaled the end of World War II in Europe.

To honor the anniversary, we're sharing the story of Lt. Thomas Little, a Hoosier who was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and assigned as a platoon leader to the 329th Regiment of the 83rd Infantry Division in January 1945.

The 83rd Division, known as the "Thunderbolt" Division, fought in Normandy, Luxembourg, the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge before Little arrived. Little joined the 329th Regiment as the unit began its attack on the Rhine River. They were among the first Allied units to reach the Rhine and were part of the famous dash to the Elbe River, which earned the regiment the nickname of the "Rag Tag Circus."

Little earned several awards for his service during World War II, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf cluster, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Croix de Guerre with one palm, a French award that allowed him to wear the fourragère.

Little was discharged on Feb. 10, 1946, and returned to his home in Plainfield, Indiana. This photograph and Little's uniform is now part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites collection.

05/08/2020
Behind-the-Scenes: Elihu Stout Print Shop

Did you know Indiana's first newspaper was the "Indiana Gazette?" 🤔

Elihu Stout moved to Vincennes in 1804 to print the laws of the Indiana Territory. He started printing the newspaper in July 1804, and it was in operation for 41 years.

Learn more about Indiana's first newspaper and the Elihu Stout Print Shop at Vincennes State Historic Sites in this behind-the-scenes video!

05/07/2020
Demonstrations: Mindfulness Scavenger Hunt

It can be a stressful time for anyone right now, but it's important to take care of yourself and your mental health.

In this week's demonstration, Kaylee discusses how mindfulness can help calm negative thoughts and ease stress. Find out how a mindfulness scavenger hunt might help to improve your health and wellness.

Check out other fun activities, storytimes and more here: https://bit.ly/3dwy4i9

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Thanks for the fun cardboard derby idea, Indiana State Museum! We mostly crashed into things, but it made for a helpful diversion today.
Arch Madness! It’s the Final Four! We are deciding the “Coolest Artifact” in Southwestern Indiana. 8 Institutions started in the Sweet 16, now it’s down to the Final 4! I want to thank everyone for helping to make this a great success! We are not done yet, and I still need your help VOTING & SHARING this post. What made it to the Final Four?? What will make it to the Championship Round? Be part of making this the best Arch Madness ever, even with the current limitations!
I have very old real estate documents concerning Indianapolis that I think is of historical significance. Who do I talk to at the Museum?
Arch Madness Continues!! It's the Elite 8! Check out who went on and who got left behind! Keep voting for your favorite artifact!
Does Indian State Museum still have Rochester's Giant Short-faced Bear exhibit?
Someone needs to bring him home to Indianapolis
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Why can't we get someone to come and see the damage that is going to destroy the only aquaduct in our country? I have been asking all year. When it falls, who should I give credit to?
Thank you for invite
I'm on IUPUI's campus and have been hearing the clock whistles all morning. Is there a reason they are playing so much today?
Spent the afternoon exploring with my niece and bestie who are visiting from out of town. They really had fun and so did I! It's been awhile for me so I was excited to see the new exhibits. Thank you again!! :D