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Itinerary for Family

Stop 1: Dig for Dinos
Put on your goggles, grab a brush, and start digging! In Dinosphere®, you’ll be immersed in the sounds, smells, and sights of the Cretaceous period as you explore one of the largest displays of real juvenile and family dinosaur fossils in the United States.

Location: Dinosphere (Lower Level)

Stop 2: Ride a Giraffe
Our historic Carousel has lions, tigers, and horses . . . oh my! Grab a seat and take a spin on the largest item in the museum's collection. Carousel rides are free for museum members and $1 per ride for nonmembers.

Location: Carousel Wishes and Dreams (Level 4)

Stop 3: Explore a Shipwreck
How about a pirate shipwreck?! In National Geographic Treasures of the Earth your family can see real artifacts excavated from the shipwreck of Captain Kidd, and explore a recreation of the shipwreck site.

Location: Treasures of the Earth (Lower Level)

Stop 4: Drive a Race Car
Jump behind the wheel of a real IndyCar! This 2000 Dallara Indy show car on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum could get up to speeds of 230 mph. . . if it had an engine!

Location: Level 3

Stop 5: Create a Masterpiece
We are home to the largest permanent sculpture of blown glass by renowned artist Dale Chihuly—Fireworks of Glass stands 43-feet-tall! Use the sculpture as inspiration to create your very own masterpiece in this hands-on exhibit.

Location: Fireworks of Glass (Lower Level)

Stop 6: Touch a T. rex
Yes, a REAL T. rex fossil! In Dinosphere®, you not only get to look at fossils, you can touch them, too! And did we mention you can talk to a real paleontologist?

Location: Dinosphere (Lower Level)

Stop 7: Discover a Mummy's Tomb
Descend into a recreation of the longest, deepest, and most complete of any tomb in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings. Analyze the intricate details of the tomb walls, explore the burial chamber, and work together as a family to solve challenges in National Geographic Treasures of the Earth.

Location: Treasures of the Earth (Lower Level)

Stop 8: Travel by Train
Travel back in time to 1890s Madison, Indiana, and view the impressive Reuben Wells, a 35-foot-long, 55-ton steam engine built to conquer Indiana's Madison Hill, the steepest railroad grade in the United States.

Location: All Aboard (Lower Level)

Stop 9: Meet a Warrior
Stand face to face with recreations of a small army of Terra Cotta Warriors each with a unique face like the ones found in massive pits in Xi'an, China. Work with the archaeologists to piece together clues and unravel the mystery of who made these figures, and what is their purpose in National Geographic Treasures of the Earth.

Location: Treasures of the Earth (Lower Level)

Stop 10: Go Out of This World
Launch into the everyday life of an astronaut in Beyond Spaceship Earth. Experience the day-in-the-life complexities of being an astronaut, see a sound and light show, and learn Hoosier astronaut history.

Location: Beyond Spaceship Earth (Lower Level)