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New Year, New Places, and MLK Celebrations with Your Access Pass

After the magic of the holidays, we are thrilled to start the new year with more exciting news. This January, we welcome two new partners to the Access Pass Program: Crispus Attucks Museum and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Not only does this take the participating locations up to 16, but it also means families across the state have more to choose from. As the winter months settle in, there is no better time to enroll for the program. Go to the Access Pass website to see if you’re eligible and sign up today!

Here's what you'll find at some of the participating Access Pass locations in January:

The Glass Wing
Fort Wayne Museum of Art

The Access Pass Program continues to grow with the new addition of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Not only does this allow our cardholders in the northeast of the state, to enjoy the benefits of the program locally, it opens up another art offering. The Glass Wing continues the museum’s decade long work in being the Midwest’s fastest growing collection of studio glass. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions from contemporary photography and classic toys to Native American art.

A museum at school
Crispus Attucks Museum

Crispus Attucks Museum also joins the Access Pass Program this winter. A timely addition as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and expand the program to be more inclusive. Crispus Attucks High School and Museum was once mainly known as being Indiana's first segregated all-black high school, however it now stands as an example of overcoming systemic racism and isolation and becoming one of America's most celebrated high schools and museums. Families can now visit the museum by appointment to learn more about the African-American experience in Indiana in everything from military contributions to celebrated heroes like George Washington Carver.

Hidden Life of Deserts

Discover a portal to a hidden world through WonderLab’s new immersive hands-on exhibit, Hidden Life of Deserts, that explores the complexity and beauty of desert life.

Get face-to-face with desert animals like the blue-tongued skink, big-headed ants and vinegaroons that crawl, climb and skitter into the desert! What can you discover?

MLK Day Celebration 
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Jan. 16, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Free admission

Celebrate the life, achievements, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special performances by The Griot Drum Ensemble. Don’t miss this joyous event! Advance tickets required.

Remembering Dr. King
Indiana State Museum
Jan. 16
Free admission

Celebrate Dr. King’s dream and explore the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equity in America. Videos will highlight Dr. King’s most iconic speeches, and activities and performances will explore civil and human rights. Reflect on what you can do to ensure the dream lives on. Monetary donations to Gleaners Food Bank can be made on-site.

Martin Luther King Jr. Free Day
Conner Prairie
Jan. 16
Free admission

Drop by Conner Prairie for Martin Luther King Jr. Day’s Free Day as they honor and celebrate identity, belonging, community, and love. Come together through music, art, activism, and elevation of female voices to pledge to BE love—for ourselves, for others, and for the future. Experience inspirational programming throughout the day and take part in the joy of community.

Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit Opening Celebration
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 
Jan. 28, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit, an exhibit based on The Jim Henson Company’s popular PBS KIDS TV series is coming to Indianapolis!  The exhibit features a curious Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who travels the world to discover everything there is to know about dinosaurs. This new exhibit will transport kids back to the time of dinosaurs and encourage basic scientific learning through fun, hands-on activities. On opening day, families can climb aboard the Dinosaur Train and enjoy special activities that travel through time and space.  

Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit was created by The Magic House in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company. © 2023 The Jim Henson Company. Jim Henson’s mark & logo, Dinosaur Train mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All Rights Reserved.