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Future Exhibits

Take Me There: China

Take Me There:® China

Opens May 10, 2014

“Fly” over the Great Wall of China, “land” in Beijing, and embark on a journey through contemporary China. Explore the lifestyles of modern-day Chinese families and experience ancient traditions and modern activities through art, music, food, tea culture, and ancient Chinese medicine.

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Take Me There: China is made possible by lead gifts from Lilly Endowment, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, The Lilly Family, Mrs. Yvonne Shaheen, Sarah and John Lechleiter, the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Jane and Steve Marmon, Susan and Jim Naus, and Polly Hix.


Terra Cotta WarriorsChina's Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor's Painted Army

May 10–Nov. 2, 2014

An army of thousands, buried for centuries, protecting an emperor’s tomb—come see the Terra Cotta Warriors in their only U.S. appearance in 2014! This exclusive exhibit tells the astounding story of the tomb complex of China’s first emperor, and features real Terra Cotta Warriors, considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. Examine more than 100 ancient artifacts and enjoy hands-on interactives that will let families become part of the research team and explore the scientific research underway that helps us picture the army in its original vibrant colors. Timed entry exhibit; additional ticket purchase required.

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China’s Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army is presented by Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.


Creepy Carnival Haunted House

Creepy Carnival Haunted House

Oct. 11–31, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up for the ride of your life at the Creepy Carnival, the Children’s Museum Guild’s 51st Annual Haunted House! From the midway to the sideshows, this carnival of characters will have you squealing with fright and delight.

The Haunted House offers IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily) and Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours (with the lights off, for children who dare to be scared). XTREME SCREAM late nights take fright to the next level on select Friday and Saturday nights for super-brave visitors. Tickets for Lights-On and Frightening Hours are $7 at the door; Xtreme Scream tickets are $12. All tickets are available at The Children’s Museum Box Office.