Museum Collections

Objects from the past aren’t just something to admire. They carry stories—powerful stories that can inspire, teach, and even change lives.

Over 130,000 artifacts and specimens are housed within The Children’s Museum, helping to bring the museum to life for visitors in extraordinary ways. With a rich collection history of more than 80 years, the museum has been using objects to inspire imaginations and connect generations for decades.

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American Collection

Want a blast from the past? Over 200 years of the American experience are captured in the more than 55,000 objects collected from around this country. Keep your eyes open throughout the museum for items like retro Barbies, pre-War toy trains, iconic fashion wear, and of course the famed 1868 Indiana locomotive.

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Natural Science Collection

Come face to face with Ice Age animal bones, authentic dinosaur fossils, a colossal polar bear, and so much more! The museum is full of unique specimens that help foster curiosity and enthusiasm for the sciences. You’ll be astounded by the beauty and detail these natural creations possess.

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World Cultures Collection

Take a trip around the world without leaving the museum! Objects from every continent, many eras, and countless cultures can be seen right here. From a Samurai suit of armor to Indonesian puppets from The Caplan Collection to Nigerian dance garments, these items deepen our awareness, understanding, and respect for cultures different from our own.

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