Children’s Museum Presents Incredible Costumes from Film and TV

Just in time for spring break, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is offering visitors a chance to experience some of the magic of movies and TV as it hosts Incredible Costumes From Film and TV. Opening March 12, this temporary exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is a chance for visitors to explore the world of costumes featuring attire worn on both the small and big screens.

In Incredible Costumes From Film and TV, Indianapolis children and families will be able to view one-of-a-kind costumes from many well-known film and television series covering nearly 9 decades of entertainment including the famous hat of the Wicked Witch of the West from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, the reptilian Gorn costume from Star Trek (1966) and the Caped Crusader costume from Batman & Robin (1997). In addition to viewing famous costumes, visitors of all ages will be able to dress in costumes to create characters for their own family and act those characters out on a child-sized movie set. Everyone will have a chance to learn what goes into creating a costume, and how costumes play an important part of the story-telling process.

“In the world of film and television costumes are used to help tell compelling, fun and engaging stories,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “At The Children’s Museum we encourage family learning and Incredible Costumes From Film and TV is a great opportunity for families to engage in inter-generational learning by experiencing costumes from different eras of film and television. Some of the costumes featured will be well known to adults while other costumes, such as an outfit worn in the Nickelodeon series iCarly, may be more familiar to our younger visitors, but the pieces like the hat of the Wicked Witch of the West are so iconic that they bridge the generation gap and will ultimately be recognizable to nearly every adult and child.”

Incredible Costumes from Film and TV comes to The Children’s Museum in part from Seattle’s Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum. This traveling exhibit features many science fiction and fantasy costumes, and The Children’s Museum is adding to this exhibit with pieces from its own collection including a green shorts outfit worn by Penny Marshall on Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983). Additional costumes being displayed are on loan to the museum including the pink genie outfit worn by Barbara Eden in the television series I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970) and a Wonder Woman costume worn by Lynda Carter in the television series Wonder Woman (1975-1979), both on loan courtesy of The Azarian Collection, owner, as well as a blue evening dress worn by Beyonce Knowles in the movie Dreamgirls (2006), on loan courtesy of Paramount Pictures Corporation.

Notably, on loan from Paramount Pictures Corporation, the exhibit will feature a dress worn by actress Hailee Steinfeld in the movie True Grit (2010). For her work on this film, costume designer Mary Zophres is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Costume Design. The movie itself is nominated for 10 Academy Awardsincluding Best Picture and Steinfeld is nominated for her performance in the category of Actress in a Supporting Role.

Incredible Costumes from Film and TV will be open March 12 through May 8 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and is organized by the Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Wash.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a premier Indianapolis attraction that consistently draws visitors from all over Indiana and the United States, a favorite on the list of things to do in Indianapolis for local Hoosiers and Indy tourists alike.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46208

For more information, visit The Children’s Museum online or call (317) 334-3322.


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