Since Presidents’ Day is coming up on Monday, most Children are on Winter Break, and many of you may have the day off work as well, I though I would do some checking to see if any of the museums have special hours or pricing. While most do not or are actually closed, below is what I did find out. I have also attached information about regular hours and pricing for 2016 (this is the same information that I sent out in January before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) as well as addresses and phone numbers for your future reference. Hope this is helpful to you and that you will be able to visit some of our wonderful museums and attractions with your family, friends, or out-of-town guests sometime soon.
City-County Councillor District 6
Hours and Admission Charge for Museums
Indiana State Museum – Open normal hours and regular pricing
Eiteljorg Museum – Open normal hours and regular pricing
NCAA Hall Of Champions – Open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with free admission
Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens – Closed
Children’s Museum – Open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 per child
Gene and Marilyn Glick History Center – Closed
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum – Open normal hours and regular admission charge
Indianapolis Museum of Art – Closed
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park – Open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Indoor exhibits only – Free
Information is given below for 2016 hours and pricing for various attractions that you may be interested in visiting during the year. Remember that pricing can change during the year, but this is what was given to me this week. A lot of terrific places to enjoy!
Indiana State Museum – 650 W. Washington Street –
Normal hours are Mon. – Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 11-5. It cost $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8.50 for children 3 – 12 (under 2 is free). Through March 18th there is a discounted rate of $9.75 for adults, $9.00 for seniors, and $6.50 for children under twelve. If you have an AAA membership there is $1 off. The first Tuesday of every month (keep in mind for summer for children) is called “Community Tuesday” and admission is 50% off. The IMAX has different pricing by the length of the film. The prices are for short films $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6 for children. The long films are $16 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $13 for children. Matinees are $13 for adults and seniors and $11 for children. There are also combos available for both the Museum and IMAX which can save you a couple of dollars. (232-1637)
Eiteljorg Museum – 500 W. Washington Street –
Normal hours are Mon. – Sat. 10-5 and Sun. noon to 5. The admission fees are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $7 for children 5 – 17 and those with a Student I.D. There is $2 off regular adult tickets with an AAA card. The first Tues. of the month is $6.50 for adults and seniors, children and students are free. No additional discounts apply on that day. (636-9378)
NCAA Hall of Champions – 700 W. Washington Street
Normal hours are Tues. – Sat. 10 – 5 and Sun. 12 – 5. Their admission is $5 for adults and $3 for Seniors and Youth 5 and above Under 5 is free. The first Sat. of the month anyone that is wearing College Gear gets $1 off their ticket. Also, they have Community Tuesday on the first Tuesday of the month where you can “Buy One Get One Free” admission. (916-HALL)
Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens – 1200 W. Washington Street
Normal hours through February are Wed. – Sun. from 9-4. The admission during this time averages $8.20 for adults, $7.45 for seniors and $6.20 for children. Starting the second week in March they are open every day. The best way to know how much admission is to go on their web site (Indianapolis Zoo.com) as it varies day to day. Also, if you purchase advance tickets you may end up paying less if it is crowded that day. The average price is about $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $11 for children. Usually it is higher on week-ends. There is a $6 parking fee. After Memorial Day the hours are 9 – 5 during the week and 9 – 7 on weekends. Your admission includes both the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens. There are not separate tickets. (630-2001)
Children’s Museum – 3000 N. Meridian Street –
Normal hours are Tues. – Sun. from 10 – 5 until through February and then they are open on Monday as well. The regular prices are $22.50 for adults, $21.50 for seniors, and $18.50 for children 2 – 17. However, the first Thursday of every month they do have evening hours from 4 – 8 and this is always free! (800-208-KIDS)
Gene and Marilyn Glick History Center – 450 W. Ohio Street –
Normal hours are 10 – 5 Tues. – Sat. The regular prices are $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, and $5 for children 5 – 17 year old, 4 and under are free. Parking is free if you bring in your parking ticket. Watch for information about Community Days coming up this year. (232-1882)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum – 4790 W. 16th Street –
Currently they are open 10 – 4 seven days a week. Starting March 1st they will be open
9 – 5. Their admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 6 – 15. Children 5 and under are free. With an AAA Card you can buy one and get one admission free. The track lap is also $8 for adults and $5 for children. Grounds Tours are also offered for $30 for adults and $12 for children. They do recommend that you call ahead about the availability of the track lap due to weather or other activities. (492-6784)
Indianapolis Museum of Art – 4000 Michigan (as well as entrance off of 38th Street)
General Admission is $18 for adults and $10 for children. There is no charge for parking. They have a family area called Star Studio where there are activities for all ages. The hours are Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 11 – 5, Thurs. 11 – 9, and Sun. 12 – 5. (923-1331)
On the grounds is also the outdoor “100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park”. This is open dawn to dusk and is free, along with free parking.
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park – 13400 Allisonville Road (Fishers) –
Through March 23th hours are Thurs. – Sun. 10 – 5. This is for the Indoor Area only (which has Discovery Station, Create, Connect, & Craft Corner.) It is $8 per person. Starting March 26th the Outdoor Area is open and for Spring Break they will be open Tues. – Sun. from 10 – 5. Hours starting April 13th through May 4th are Thurs. – Sun. 10 – 5. Starting May 5th the hours will be from 10 – 5 Tuesday – Sunday. The admission once the outdoor area opens is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $11 for children 2 – 12. (776-6000)
Don’t forget they also have the Balloon Ride, weather dependant (not currently open), where you can go up in a Hot Air Balloon. This is $15 per person.
While this is definitely not everything available to see and do in Indianapolis or the Metro Area, it is a start. I hope this is very useful and is something you will keep and refer back to when looking for a great way to spend time with family and friends. Also, don’t forget about these places when you have out of town guests. Indianapolis has so much to offer at these wonderful attractions as well as many more.