Simply visit the Smithsonian Magazine’s Free Museum Day page HERE and type in the museum you’d like to visit. If you’re trying to make up your mind, here are a few participating Indiana museums we’d highly recommend…
1Conner Prairie in Fishers
Indiana’s favorite “living history” museum, Conner Prairie recreates life in the 1800s with hands-on activities and recreations of a pioneer community and a fur trade camp. The 1859 Balloon Voyage takes visitors almost 400 feet above the park (weather-dependent), and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs their ‘Symphony on the Prairie’ series on the weekends throughout the summer.
Studebaker National Museum in South Bend
The Studebaker National Museum celebrates the iconic brand with a comprehensive tour of the company’s history, from its pioneer-era wagons to its revival in the 1960s. Included in the museum’s collection is an assortment of carriages used by US presidents, an electric car from 1902, and Studebaker-built military vehicles used in both World Wars.
The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis
New in 2002, the Indiana State Museum sits on the Indiana Central Canal, tucked in the White River State Park. Visitors can explore the history of the Hoosier State from prehistory to today with a variety of multimedia exhibits and historical artifacts. And if you want to sit back and relax, the museum also houses the state’s LARGEST IMAX screen.
National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie
This museum’s a massive shrine for the model airplane hobbyist, but even a novice will delight in the intricate detail of these smaller-than-life aircraft. Containing thousands of artifacts and models from the advent of the hobby to today, the National Model Aviation Museum is the perfect destination for anyone interested in aircraft of any size.