Future Exhibits

American POP
The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture

Opens June 17, 2017

American TV shows, movies, music, comics, toys, fashion, and more shape our experiences and can bring us together across generations. Featured in The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture, American POP is a new interactive exhibit that explores how popular culture has influenced our daily lives in the past and the present. American POP is a permanent exhibit that showcases a changing selection of objects from the museum’s collection. These include comics from the Max Simon Comic Book Collection, iconic outfits worn by music and film stars, toys and memorabilia from across the decades, and pieces from THE museum’s newly acquired Batman collection.

The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture are made possible through lead gift support from Lilly Endowment, Inc., Mel and Bren Simon, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Gerald and Dorit Paul, Thelma L. “T” Wilds, Sharon W. Doiron, and Shirley S. Bryant.


June 17, 2017–April 2018

Ready to move your feet to the beat? Join us for DANCE!, featured in The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture. This multigenerational exhibit lets you explore dance styles through the decades and around the world. Then put on your dancing shoes and take the stage to showcase your best dance moves!

DANCE! is presented by Subway and supported by the Indianapolis Indians and Koorsen Fire & Security.

The Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House
Wicked Woods

Presented by Old National Bank

Oct. 7–31, 2017

After 54 years of haunting, the museum’s head witches have perfected their potion for all things spooky, and this year is no different! Starting Oct. 7, embark on a hike through the foreboding forest as you encounter campfires and caves, creatures and cabins, terrible tales and haunted trails. Grab your packs and get your gear ready!

The Haunted House offers IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily) and Frightening Hours (with the lights off, for children who dare to be scared). Tickets are $8 at the door. All tickets are available at The Children’s Museum Box Office. 

Organized by The Children’s Museum Guild, the 54th Annual Haunted House, Wicked Woods, is presented by Old National Bank

Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children’s Museum

Opening Spring of 2018

Sports Legends Experience

Run, jump, putt, drive, and play in the new Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience! Stay healthy and happy by trying out new sports activities every time you visit, and learn about the sports legends who’ve made history along the way! The experience will offer exhibits that encourage physical activity in everyday life and inspire families to become healthier together. Children and adults will be able to immerse themselves in a variety of sports environments from golf to football! Showcasing Indiana’s wealth of amateur and professional athletes and teams, the initiative will offer a collection of fun, hands-on, indoor and outdoor sports-related experiences designed for all ages. Families will be inspired and encouraged to enjoy sports and fitness activities together—now and for a lifetime.

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