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Award-winning Museum Complex

Founded in 1925, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families.

It’s the largest children’s museum in the world with a 482,950 square-foot campus situated on 29 acres, a 130,000+ object collection, and more than 1.2 million visitors a year. This includes the vastness of the museum itself, and the 12 sports experiences and three exhibits in the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience®.

Simply put, The Children’s Museum is an extraordinary campus with something to experience for all children and families. But don’t take our word for it…

The Children’s Museum is arguably the area’s most magnetic force, luring visitors from virtually every state in the country and six of seven continents.
Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal

Consistently ranked as one of the best in the country by parenting and travel magazines, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is a mix of our Science Center, Magic House, and City Museum in one 472,900-square-foot building.
Jodi Mitori, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Children’s Museum is a powerhouse economic driver. It’s by far the biggest, most extensive, and most impressive museum of its kind anywhere in the Midwest or along the East Coast. So it doesn’t surprise me what a draw this facility is.
Jay Gladden, dean of IUPUI’s School of Physical Education and Tourism Management

Exhibits are all about hands-on learning. For example, dinosaur lovers will go crazy for Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World®, where kids don't just look at real dinosaur skeletons; they dig for bones and get to touch a T-Rex bone. In fact, there are over 120,000 artifacts for families to check out at this museum, so make it an all-day event (or, if you live close by, spring for a membership and return again and again.)




  • World's 50 Coolest Places—Time for Kids Magazine
  • Best New Attractions in U.S.—USA Today/10Best
  • 75 best indoor places in America for fun (when it's too cold outside)—MSN.com
  • 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Indiana—Planetwire.com
  • 10 Best Museums to Visit in Indy—Tripsavvy.com
  • 9 U.S. Museums Every Kid Shoudl Visit Before They Grow Up—FamilyVacationCritic.com
  • Best Local Attraction and Best Local Museum—Indy Star: Best of Indy Awards
  • Best Vacation Spots for Families with Toddlers—MetroParent.com (Southeast Michigan)
  • 16 Incredible Midwest Vacations—Travel.USNews.com
  • Best Attraction in Indiana—USAToday.com
  • 10 family-friendly spots with sensory-sensitive experiences—MarthaStewart.com
  • The Best Winter Destination in Indiana—Reader's Digest
  • Best New Attractions for Kids—Lonely Planet
  • Best Attraction in Indiana—MSN.com


  • One of the 10 Coolest Museums in the World—New York Times 


  • Fodors 10 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.
  • Voted #1 on the 10 Best Museums for families—USA Today


  • Best Museum in Indiana—TripAdvisor/Flipkey.com
  • Top U.S. Family Vacation Destinations (Top Children’s Museum)—Family Fun Magazine
  • The 15 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.—Parents Magazine
  • Best Children’s Museum in America—Tripping.com
  • 5 Places to Experience African American History and Culture—USNews.com
  • Best of the Midwest—Midwest Living Magazine
  • Best of Indianapolis—Associated Press

Between the captivating dinosaurs of Dinosphere®, Dale Chihuly’s towering artwork Fireworks of Glass, the compelling messages of The Power of Children®, a joyous ride on a historic Carousel, and all the action in the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience®, the exhibits and collections of The Children’s Museum complex engage and fascinate people of all ages. Explore five floors of fun and adventure, immerse yourselves in exciting exhibits, and discover why The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® should be on every family’s must-see (and do) list!