Fun Times at the Indiana State Museum, January 2012

The Indiana State Museum has prime Indianapolis real estate in the White River State Park complex of Indianapolis downtown, making it the perfect stop for family fun all January long. Head to the Indiana State Museum to explore Indiana history in an interactive and engaging way. Give your Indianapolis kids the chance to romp through the galleries on a scavenger hunt. Join in lecture and discussion series. Marvel at the big screen of the IMAX Theatre and so much more. Take a stroll outside along the Indianapolis Canal Walk and make the most of the Indiana State Museum.

January Events at the Indiana State Museum

Gallery Search at Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Gallery Search: Sand, Steele and Sculpture – Many Indianapolis artists have found vast inspiration in the landscape and history of Indiana. From Brown County where the Hoosier Group captured the Indiana Uplands to the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan to Robert Indiana, who changed his name to reflect his love for the state. Travel across the State of Indiana without ever leaving Indianapolis. Celebrate the art of Indiana!
How Dogs Have Helped Society, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis How Dogs Have Helped Society – Working dogs inspire us by teaching the lessons of hard work and loyalty. At this conversation event meet Camille. The incredibly obedient K-9 has an amazing sense of smell and is always ready and willing to help her owner navigate the world. Camille is part of a long history of working dogs who have helped fight wars, protect communities and enrich all of our lives. Speak with Camille’s trainer Greg Hollen about how dogs can teach us about socialization, training methods, tools and various jobs.
Winter Wildlife, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Family Saturday: Winter Wildlife – Dig through snow mounds and discover a winter world of wildlife in your own backyard. Take a guided hike to spot the wildlife tracks around the Indiana State Museum. Help build a bird feeder, identify animals and create fun fossil snowflakes to take home. Be sure to bundle up for this exciting day of family fun.
Martin Luther King Jr Day at Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – The Indiana State Museum opens its door to the public for free on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Romp through the galleries and discover a whole new side of Indianapolis history at this downtown Indianapolis attraction. Make a day of it at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art next door, which will also be open for free.
Leadership Lessons, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Leadership Lessons from the Shackleton Expedition – Being a leader is more than just telling people what to do. Take a note from one of the most remembered leaders in history: Sir Ernest Shackleton. After his crew of 27 men shipwrecked in the Antarctic, he kept his men safe and inspired them to survive. Since this amazing feat in 1914, Shackleton has been a benchmark for good leadership. Today he is used as a teaching tool for professors at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. Join a discussion with the associate dean of the Kelley School of Business on the topic “Maintaining Morale: A Lesson in Leadership Management.”
Science on Ice at Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Endurance Lecture Series: Science on the Ice – Did you know that Antarctica is home to the largest outdoor laboratory in the world. Scientists working there have not only discovered a tremendous amount about the wildlife on the continent but also about the Earth’s place in the Universe. Join Dr. Paul Shepson, Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University, as he discusses the Earth’s changing climate and Antarctica’s role in measuring such a change.
Circuit of Fun at Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Circuit of Fun – Enjoy an outing Scout style. Circuit of Fun is an engaging scouting activity designed for Cub and Boy Scouting families. Explore the canal walk, the Indiana State Museum and the Indiana History Center as you marvel at exhibits and join in activities. Scouts who complete the day of fun will receive a FREE Circuit of Fun Scout patch.
Shackleton Antarctic Adventure, Indianapolis, Indiana Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure – Go behind the scenes of Shackleton’s legendary 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. See the sweeping landscape of Antarctica on a giant screen as you learn about the conditions his men faced. Shackleton’s story is a larger-than-life testament to heroism and human endurance as all 28 crew members survived nearly two years in the frigid Antarctic climate.
Mission Impossible at Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – The fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series starring Tom Cruise is now playing at the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX Theater. IMF operative, Ethan Hunt, is disavowed along with the rest of his agency. With no resources or back-up, he must find a way to clear the agency’s name and prevent another attack. This fast paced action thriller will send you spinning over the edge when you see it on the IMAX screen.
Naptown Radio Wars, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Naptown Rock Radio Wars – See this locally produced film about the fierce competition between two rival AM radio stations. As WIBC-AM and WIFE-AM go head to head, the battle to the bitter end changed the way Hoosiers listened to the radio forever. Go inside this long lasting rivalry as the FM band became a new source of inspiration for broadcasters everywhere.


Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis downtown. Afterward, head to any of these Indianapolis restaurants for a delectable meal. Or enjoy a refreshing drink at any of these Indianapolis bars.

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Indiana State Museum
650 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204