A top children’s museum, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis contains five floors of whimsical, interactive exhibits ranging from a dinosaur habitat to a journey through contemporary China. Learning experiences abound, whether your child is playing an astronaut in Beyond Spaceship Earth or digging up the Treasures of the Earth.
More than a million visitors pass through the doors of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis each year, making it one of the city’s most popular attractions. General admission to the museum includes all exhibits, as well as the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. Visitors who are only interested in the Sports Legends Experience can opt for an evening-only ticket. Admission to live shows at the Lilly Theater is free but must be reserved separately.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a must-visit for families traveling with children.
- Buy your tickets ahead of time to skip the line at the ticket office.
- Wear closed-toed shoes, and don’t forget to bring sun protection for outdoor areas of the museum.
- The museum offers free Wi-Fi during opening hours.
- Family restrooms and a private nursing area are available.
- The museum is wheelchair-accessible, and the parking garage has ADA parking spots.
How to Get There
For visitors to the museum who drive there, parking is free both in the museum garage and in the lots on Illinois Street. If you’d rather take public transportation, several IndyGo bus routes serve the museum directly, including 18, 19, 28, 30, 38, and 39.
When to Get There
The museum is open throughout the year, though the outdoor Sports Legends Experience closes during the winter months. The best time to avoid crowds when you visit is on a weekday morning when school is in session.
Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience
During the warmer months don’t miss the outdoor sports experiences offered by the museum. Children of all ages can hop in a car for a race around an oval track, brush up soccer skills on a turf field, team up for doubles tennis, tee off at one of four miniature golf courses, hit the rink for some hockey, or climb up the towering Tree of Sports.