The Indiana State Museum is a great resource for educators and students when learning all there is to know about the Hoosier state. Whether it is through a field trip experience or classroom learning, our core galleries, special exhibitions and programming complement the subjects for cultural history, natural history, science, art and more! All programs are designed to meet select Common Core and Indiana Academic Standards.
See Fred the mastodon, view objects related to Abraham Lincoln, explore the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab or meet Levi Coffin. Delve into Indiana’s past through our collections, performances and events. Let the Indiana State Museum help to make Indiana come alive!
All Indiana K-12 teachers receive free admission to the Indiana State Museum year round with valid school identification.
Admission to the Indiana State Museum is $1.50 per student for pre-scheduled, chaperoned Indiana K-12 school groups or homeschool groups of 10 or more. Admission is complimentary for K-12 teachers with ID and one chaperone per every five students. Additional chaperones are $8 per person. Schools with 40% or more students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches are admitted free with prior approval.
Learn more about what there is to see an do in our K-12 Education Program Guide. This guide will answer further questions about what programs are available a the Indiana State Museum and the State Historic Sites for the 2013 - 2014 school year.
Where to Go and What to Do:
Calendar of Events at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
For more information about the State Historic Sites, visit:
Levi Coffin House
Gene Stratton Porter Cabin
When you are ready to make your reservation, contact our Guest Services Call Center at 317.232.1637.
Keep informed of the latest learning opportunities at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites through our Educator eNewsletter.
Want to learn more about how the Indiana State Museum can assist your classroom curriculum?
The Indiana State Museum makes learning about history, science and art fun. Educational programs can be focused on a particular topic, like a workshop, or broad, like a festival. Find the program that works best for your students and curriculum.
From lesson plans and classroom resources to interactive workshops, theater performances and student festivals in the museum, we offer a variety of ways to enhance the homeschool experience — for both home educators and students. Help your homeschool students discover all the intriguing aspects of Indiana’s art, science and culture using resources we’ve prepared.
All of our programs and classroom resources include activities that you can adapt to fit your group size. Additionally, we’ve designed all of our activities to encourage students to use deductive reasoning, thinking and inquiry skills.
Throughout the year, the museum offers enrichment opportunities that help teachers bring Indiana’s past alive in the classroom. We offer educators a wide variety of programs to add to their knowledge and enhance their skills. Certain programs allow educators to increase their Professional Growth Points through open houses, lectures and workshops while others allow for a more intensive learning experience.
Ice Age Giants Educator Open House
November 20, 2013
4 - 6:30 p.m.
Free for educators
To pre-register, please call 317.232.1637. Pre-registration is available, but walk-ins are welcome.
Entombed in Indiana soil are the abundant remains of mastodons and mammoths and the Indiana State Museum has excavated more of these behemoths than any other Indiana institution. Ice Age Giants will immerse students in an enlightening and educational adventure that explores the life and death of these giant animals and considers why they became extinct. Educators are invited to see how their students can learn more about these once mythical creatures as well as test out our interactives such as a bone dig site and a chance to be a paleontologist through activities related to the identification and scientific study of these bones. Museum paleontologist Ron Richards will be available to discuss the museum’s efforts to preserve these creatures and share what we have learned from them.