Summer is heating up in Indianapolis, and area attractions are ready for summer guests! Along the White River Canal, both the Indiana State Museum and the Indiana Historical Society are offering summer-long specials for visitors.
The Indiana State Museum is an offering “Everybody’s a Kid” Wednesday admission special for all guests. Admission for all guests on Wednesdays through August 2014 is just $5.50. It’s a small price to pay for this gem of a museum. Through the end of June you can see NASA’s Destination Station which brings you right on to the International Space Station. Visitors can also go back in time and see the exhibit Ice Age Giants. Walk among the mammoths and mastodons that once walked across Indiana in the last Ice Age. Kids will love digging for fossils and everyone is awed by the size of these creatures. To complete your visit, purchase tickets to the IMAX film, Titans of the Ice Age, or one of the other shows currently playing. Permanent exhibits featuring interesting Indiana pop culture are fun to walk through, as are the more historical exhibits. It’s also fun to be on the look out for items from each of Indiana’s 92 counties (all 92 counties are represented in various ways throughout the museum).
The Indiana History Center has a summer of fun planned for guests, and is offering free admission every Thursday in June and July. From 4pm to 8pm, enjoy the Indiana Experience, as well as special activities each week. Activities include dance lessons, a special appearance by Indy Eleven soccer players, and even a wine and cheese tasting. The Indiana Experience You are There exhibits will also be open. My daughter describes these exhibits as “stepping into a Magic Treehouse book” because the historical interpreters in each scene keep character well. Experiencing each photograph coming to life is a fun experience for all ages. Once you’re done inside, venture outside to the Stardust Terrace and enjoy a free summer concert. The annual Concerts on the Canal are back for another summer, and the line up includes a variety of music. Seating is free on the grass, or tables can be reserved in advance. Admission will also be free on July 4th.
These two venues are fun for adults and children alike, and these summer admission specials will make them even more accessible. If these two museums aren’t on your list of things to do this summer, they should be!