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Wild Weather exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Take a Whirlwind Tour Through Wild Weather

We talk about the weather almost every day. It impacts every facet of life—work, school, travel, food, even safety. In our new exhibit, Wild Weather, you can explore the cutting-edge technology and scientific discoveries that help us better understand the weather in our changing climate. Let’s take a brief look at the major components of the exhibit and what you can expect while you experience severe weather within the safe confines of the world’s biggest children’s museum.

Staff member wearing a mask and welcoming visitors to the Wild Weather exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The exhibit is arranged in five different zones. Each one focuses on a different type of severe weather:

  • Tornado Zone
  • Winter Storms and Blizzards Zone
  • Severe Heat Zone
  • Hurricane Zone
  • Thunderstorms Zone

Tornado Zone

A massive interactive tornado sculpture towers over you as you begin your Wild Weather experience in the Tornado Zone to witness the power of the wind. Find out what it takes to accurately predict tornado development and intensity. Explore the impact of the different tornado levels on a town.

Be sure to check out the display case full of Wizard of Oz memorabilia—including a replica of a certain famous pair of slippers.

Winter Storms and Blizzards Zone

Brr! Chill out in the Winter Storms and Blizzards Zone! Get snowed in a remote cabin and discover how to prepare for a winter storm. While you’re snowed in, you can check on the data from the cabin’s home weather station. Adjust the snowfall rate and observe the results outside the cabin’s window.

Winter Storms and Blizzards Zone inside the Wild Weather exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Don’t miss our display case full of famous snowmen while you’re in this zone!

Severe Heat Zone

You might feel the burn in the Severe Heat Zone. Discover how weather impacts your body and how extreme heat can be so dangerous without taking the proper precautions. Learn how to forecast a heat wave and see the effects of drought on different landscapes.

Hurricane Zone

Take the trip of a lifetime—into the eye of a hurricane—on a virtual research flight. “Fly” your aircraft right into the storm and collect data for scientists to study.

Thunderstorms Zone

Dance Up a Storm and experience extreme weather in an entirely new way! The more you move, the bigger you’ll see the storm become. Due to health and safety restrictions, Dance Up a Storm is limited to one family at a time. Please make sure to follow traffic flow signs.

Hail interactive display in the Thunderstorms Zone inside the Wild Weather exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

While in the Thunderstorms Zone, you can also create a lightning storm, examine different sizes of hail, and discover what type of weather you should expect with different types of clouds. Learn how to stay safe in a thunderstorm.

An interpretive experience

Of course, the backbone of any successful exhibit at The Children’s Museum is the actors and interpretive programming associated with each exhibit. Wild Weather is no different. Be sure to check out We Interrupt This Program in Sunburst Atrium where you’ll join a live studio audience for a special WREX weather forecast. Learn about real weather phenomena as the news team learns to stay warm and dry during this battle of the elements! Click here for showtimes.

Photo op inside the Wild Weather exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

And don’t forget to strike a pose in our hurricane photo op! Share it with us by using #atTCM on your favorite social media platform!

Wild Weather will blow you away!

Wild Weather is open now through Jan. 10, 2021 and is included with admission to the museum. It will blow you away and spark your curiosity as you explore the science behind extreme weather!


When you visit the museum, please remember to wear your face mask and practice social distancing while you explore the exhibits—including Wild Weather. Click here for tips about returning to the museum safely.

Wild Weather is developed and produced by Science North in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre.

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