The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Museum, Science Museum, and Building
Near Northwest - Riverside, Indianapolis
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  • Erica R.
    "Get the membership!"(11 Tips)
    Joe K.
    "... Plus you can ride the carousel for free every time and get a museum store..."(7 Tips)
    Matt L.
    "free tickets at the planetarium"(5 Tips)
    David P.
    "The dinosaur exhibit in the IMAX area is really amazing!"(8 Tips)
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  • Robert C.
    Robert ChenFebruary 3
    My son's favorite... be there everyday for a week...
  • Laura W.
    Laura WilsonJanuary 31
    Top notch children's museum! Especially enjoyed the National Geographic sponsored exhibit on exploration.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CegielskiDecember 31, 2016
    Absolutely awesome! Well exceeded our expectations and blows away any other children's museum that we've been to. Tons to see and interact with.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuNovember 27, 2016
    You can get into the store without going in the whole museum. Store opens up to the xmas wonderland slide, live carols, and giant snow globe
  • Tanya P.
    Tanya PlencnerSeptember 1, 2016
    Always changing something with new exhibits every few months
  • Aaron J.
    Aaron JohnsonJuly 6, 2016
    Awesome place!
  • John C.
    John CJune 25, 2016
    Check out the Beyond Earth Spaceship exhibit (starts 6/25/16 and watch the 12 minute movie there...try to get the middle seat in the middle row for best view and feel the vibration).
  • 3littlekittens
    3littlekittensMay 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Birthday Party here? Not worth the room rental! Better off bringing a cake and having party in the cafeteria! The staff does NOTHING for you other than gift cart and room with table/chairs.
  • Shelby Y.
    Shelby YatesMarch 20, 2016
    Wonderful for all ages. I just took my 1 year old daughter and we had a blast.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RMarch 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Rotating exhibits and a number of fixed exhibits. Love to take my children here. Indoor water and sand play areas for toddlers and older children. Encourages play and learning for all ages.
  • Beatle L.
    Beatle LoveJanuary 21, 2016
    The exhibits are fun and so many to see. We loved the dinosaurs.
  • Beatle L.
    Beatle LoveJanuary 21, 2016
    Make sure to visit the chocolate factory this month looks like a lot of fun
  • Beatle L.
    Beatle LoveJanuary 21, 2016
    We could spend the whole day there and we don't have any kids. What a great way to enjoy the day and learn some unique things. The dinosaurs were my favorite.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LiuJanuary 6, 2016
    The Take Me There: China exhibit was good and the dinosaurs (including the mummy) are incredible! We spent hours there and could have stayed even longer.
  • Maurice B.
    Maurice BankheadAugust 1, 2015
    An awesome way to spend a weekend with the kids.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HenryJune 27, 2015
    Love this place. Definitely brings out the child in you
  • Suzy
    SuzyMay 12, 2015
    Must go to when visiting the city if you have kids. Tickets are pricey though. They should use the city's tax dollars towards lowering ticket prices.
  • Mike Q.
    Mike QuillenMarch 31, 2015
    Order tickets online and skip the line to buy. Take email pdf to check in gate.
  • Sean E.
    Sean EarlMarch 30, 2015
    First day of spring break fun!
  • R B.
    R BMarch 13, 2015
    Large and great for kids and adults alike! Carousel is really cool!
  • Chie @.
    Chie @3mpStudioFebruary 11, 2015
    Really cool place to bring the kids. There's a place for all kids and even kids at heart.
  • Tammy L.
    Tammy LynnDecember 31, 2014
    Free parking! Be ready to spend all day!
  • Stephon G.
    Stephon GilderDecember 27, 2014
    The archaeology exhibit is fantastic!
  • Katherine H.
    Katherine HaaseDecember 4, 2014
    Love the Children's Museum! I haven't been in a while but my favorite part is the glass sculptures.
  • Liz E.
    Liz ENovember 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    great place for kids
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerAugust 20, 2014
    Great place to take kids, or adults that want to feel like kids again.
  • Chris D.
    Chris D.August 14, 2014
    Get here early to enjoy the climbing wall but it is now open in the weekends August 2014
  • Downtown Indy
    Downtown IndyJuly 17, 2014
    Christmas Eve, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and El Dia de Los Niños for FREE admission. Don’t miss Target FREE Family Nights on the first Thursday of each month from 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Downtown Indy
    Downtown IndyJuly 17, 2014
    It's rated one of the “top ten museums in the U.S. for families” by AOL Travel Online, “the best museum” by Child magazine and recently USA Today named it “the best family museum in the country.”
  • Cathy L.
    Cathy L.March 15, 2014
    You have to get tickets for some of the events you want to do.
  • P D.
    P DMarch 14, 2014
    Get there early. It gets crowded pretty fast.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KubalFebruary 20, 2014
    The power of children exhibit is interesting for both adults and kids.
  • Jeremy H.
    Jeremy HeimFebruary 16, 2014
    Comfortable beds!
  • MJ W.
    MJ WagnerFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Children's Museum ever!
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LandDecember 3, 2013
    Great place to get out of the bad weather!
  • Jetset Extra
    Jetset ExtraSeptember 18, 2013
    This place is legit when it comes to learning about the Cretaceous period. There are fossils, a lab manned by paleontologists, and a dig zone that lets kids practice looking for dinosaur bones. Read more
  • Brent S.
    Brent SullivanSeptember 18, 2013
    Great place for all ages. Free parking and lots to do. You can also bring a cooler with a packed lunch.
  • Adrienne Q.
    Adrienne QuallsSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The newly renovated Playscapes exhibit is awesome!
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BakerAugust 31, 2013
    Amazing children's museum for all ages - attention to detail is impressive
  • Silvina J.
    Silvina Jover-CirilloAugust 4, 2013
    Don't waste your time with the Transformers "show."
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SheibleyJuly 31, 2013
    Arrive early or prepare to deal with a monster crowd!! Wow!!
  • Jon K.
    Jon KruseJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a cookie. They're delicious!
  • James H.
    James H.July 24, 2013
    kids really love this place. nice arts.
  • Denisse P.
    Loved the exhibition, my son had a blast so did I
  • Kaye G.
    Kaye G.July 9, 2013
    I just said wow the first time I saw this place, I was blown away with all their stuffs for kids my nephew was so happy.
  • Christina N.
    Christina NaylorJune 30, 2013
    Check out the planetarium!
  • Rocky W.
    Rocky WallsJune 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Look for QR codes to scan around the museum that point to fascinating articles or entertaining videos!
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYJune 14, 2013
    The Dinosphere exhibit is scaled so adults can crawl through the display with their kids! Read more
  • Russ F.
    Russ FeuquayMay 5, 2013
    Constantly changing always worth coming back again and again for
  • Karen S.
    Karen Schuler IsingApril 5, 2013
    The Superhero Exhibit going on right now is Super-Lame. 5 minute walk-thru tops.
  • Marty M.
    Marty MillerApril 3, 2013
    Get here early to sign the kids up for the free rock climbing. When the doors open at 10am run to the fourth floor to sign up at the counter.
  • Aadvanced L.
    Only one in Indy!
  • Aadvanced L.
    You'll love this 20 passenger!
  • Aadvanced L.
    Aadvanced Limousines accommodates many events here. Check out www.317limousines.com or 317-716-1201 for details about wedding or prom, maybe even a birthday package.
  • Wendy S.
    Wendy SApril 1, 2013
    Purchase your tickets online at least 24 hrs. before your visit and add free Planetarium tickets to your order. That way you don't have to wait in a long line.
  • Dana C.
    Dana ClarkFebruary 27, 2013
    Just bought a membership and I have to tell you. The best thing I've done in a long time. With exhibits constantly changing, your guaranteed to have a year of fun exciting new things. :))
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer Drawbond-HarneyFebruary 18, 2013
    Saw Abe Lincoln
  • Isiah T.
    Isiah TatumJanuary 21, 2013
    It was very busy but very fun. Need more hand Sanitizer.
  • Bonnie K.
    Bonnie KJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Super busy on free Thursday fam night. Packed
  • Karen P.
    Karen ProctorDecember 27, 2012
    Awsome museum. If you plan to visit more than once get a membership though. Great around the holdiays. The theatre and planetarium are really great. Food court so-so but good for a break.
  • Tara F.
    Tara FriedenDecember 21, 2012
    The best children's museum in the world!! :) we love this place!!
  • Jason N.
    Jason NyeDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come before Christmas break to avoid crazy long lines
  • Fanny R.
    Fanny Rivera AcunaOctober 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Target family night :D
  • University of Cincinnati A.
    Great Ryan White exhibit! Very impressed!
  • Joe M.
    Joe MSeptember 2, 2012
    Stay way from here! It is stupidly crowded, lots of annoying rug rats and their equally annoying parents. Line is ridiculous.
  • carrie m.
    carrie milesJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your own lunch
  • 💋 Tess G.
    FUN! FUN!
  • schalliol
    schalliolJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Preschool In Indy/Carmel Area!!
  • Mel B.
    Mel BJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    So much! Come in early & lose a day having fun with your kids!
  • Megan K.
    Megan KrallJune 3, 2012
    The new Hot Wheels exhibit is just okay. I wish the Legos exhibit would stay longer! It's our favorite!!
  • Phil S.
    Phil SchottMay 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Hot Wheels exhibit is pretty cool. Be sure to check it out.
  • Jhoselin G.
    Jhoselin GutierrezMay 28, 2012
    Bring a camera and enjoy!!
  • Kristie M.
    Kristie ManderinoMay 18, 2012
    Watch for dinosaurs! Lol
  • Lorraine V.
    Lorraine VavulMay 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Members ride the Carousel (4th floor) free!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DillmanMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're coming more than once a year, the annual membership is a good deal. If you have young children, it will probably take you more than a day to see everything.
  • Debra S.
    Debra Smith-BazzleMarch 22, 2012
    Awesome! We will be coming here everytime we visit Indy.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LeonardMarch 17, 2012
    They offer free tickets at the planetarium on the second floor once you get in.
  • Kendra H.
    Kendra HenryMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic place, but skip the cafeteria if you can. A $6 tuna sandwich is a bit crazy.
  • Jim C.
    Jim CotaFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The biggest and the best in the country. Be sure to dig for dinosaur eggs!
  • FitCities
    FitCitiesJanuary 31, 2012
    A great place for family friendly activities! Enjoy!
  • SuperBowl 2012
    SuperBowl 2012January 30, 2012
    If you're looking for family friendly activities in Indianapolis you can't miss The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the biggest and best children's museum in the world! Explore 5 floors of fun!
  • Mike C.
    Mike C.January 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The End Of The Day parade is a lot of fun.
  • Neal B.
    Neal BrownDecember 13, 2011
    The only problem I have with CMI is that the food is commissary style food. They should identify local restaurants to operate the food service.
  • Gretchen S.
    Gretchen SchottDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Do the slide at jolly days!
  • Gretchen S.
    Gretchen SchottDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Jolly days is here for a short time. A fun family exhibit!
  • Shield Shell, LLC
    Shield Shell, LLCDecember 2, 2011
    What a great place to take your little ones when it's so cold outside! The toddler area is great for preschoolers down to sitters/crawlers, plus they have a comfortable place to nurse. Read more
  • Wes H.
    Wes HarrisNovember 29, 2011
    The jolly days slide is a must
  • maritta
    marittaNovember 14, 2011
    take your littles to the carousel first --- the line is long and wont be fun with tired kiddos.
  • Brittany G.
    Brittany GatewoodNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Where did the big mummy puzzle go?
  • Captain S.
    Captain Small TalkNovember 9, 2011
    This place used to be cool, then they fucked it up.
  • Bill B.
    Bill BartleySeptember 18, 2011
    Check out the dinosaurs around the DinoSphere even when the museum is closed!
  • Kristi L.
    Kristi LaceySeptember 3, 2011
    BEST place for all ages of kids in Indy!
  • Erica R.
    Erica RoscoeAugust 29, 2011
    Get the membership!
  • LAMPS PLUS
    LAMPS PLUSAugust 17, 2011
    40 globes of exquisite European-blown glass make up North America’s largest water clock. Children’s Museum of Indianapolis proudly presents this magnificent timepiece and the science behind it.
  • Indianapolis Social Media
    Fantastic place to host events. Without a doubt, it's one of the best museums in the world!
  • Katrina M.
    Katrina MoodyJuly 23, 2011
    Check w/ them beforehand about discounts and discount days (especially for those on certain programs) Read more
  • Stephana B.
    Stephana BledsoeJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They have great bread sticks! Perfect crisp outside & warm soft middle!
  • Parents Magazine
    Parents MagazineJuly 15, 2011
    Take a walk through a modern-day Egyptian village in this museum’s wing dedicated to the country. Kids can learn about Egypt currency, clothes, and food.
  • Joe K.
    Joe KinneyJuly 13, 2011
    Great value. 2 adults and our 4 kids for a year for only $160.00, that would be the price of coming less than 2 times. Plus you can ride the carousel for free every time and get a museum store discoun
  • Michael T.
    Michael TrentJuly 1, 2011
    This would be really great if it weren't for all of the kids!
  • Gerardo G.
    Gerardo GuerraAugust 6, 2015
    Un museo divertidísimo, no solo para niños. De los mejores en EU.
  • Blanca R.
    Blanca RuedaMay 17, 2013
    Hermoso museo.
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LummisMarch 19, 2013
    Monday Closed Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Adult $18.50
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