Museums in Franklin

James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home – Up to 46% Off a Guided Tour

James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

Downtown Indianapolis

$16 $9

Museum celebrating writer, poet, and best-selling author will welcome a new visitor and education center in June

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library – Up to 71% Off Membership

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Downtown Indianapolis

$30 $12

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Membership to a nonprofit, library/museum memorializing the Slaughterhouse-Five author includes gift-shop discounts

NCAA Hall of Champions – Up to 50% Off Visit

NCAA Hall of Champions

Downtown Indianapolis

$10 $6

Kiosks for all 23 NCAA sports; video clips and interactive sport simulators immerse visitors in the history of college athletics

Up to 50% Off at Lanier Mansion

Lanier Mansion

Madison

$20 $11

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Inside a Greek Revival mansion with a spiral staircase, visitors learn interesting stories about the Lanier family and the town of Madison

Up to 55% Off at Wayne County Historical Museum

Wayne County Historical Museum

Richmond

$14 $7

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Artifacts and memorabilia paint a vivid picture of Wayne County from the pioneer era through contemporary times

The Hillforest – Up to 67% Off Mansion Membership

The Hillforest

Aurora

$75 $25

Mid-19th century mansion overlooks the Ohio River and welcomes families for tours with a membership and cookbook

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park – Up to 50% Off

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Hamilton

$16 $8

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335-acre park and outdoor museum invites guests to wander among 64 sculptures tucked into gardens and meadows and alongside lakes

Up to 61% Off at Grissom Air Museum

Grissom Air Museum

Grissom AFB

$14 $6

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Twenty-four restored aircraft from different stages of aviation history are on display, ranging from B-17s to F-100s and commercial aircraft

Taft Museum of Art – Up to 55% Off

Taft Museum of Art

Central Business District

$20 $10

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World-class museum features collection of fine art including great European masterpieces and stunning rotating exhibitions

Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati – Up to 53% Off Outing

Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

West End

$16 $8

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Historical firehouse-turned-museum hosts array of 19th-century firefighting artifacts & exhibits on fire safety

Drake Planetarium & Science Center – Up to 55% Off Laser Show

Drake Planetarium & Science Center

Norwood

$20 $10

Pink Floyd and The Beatles help soundtrack laser shows; members are entitled to discounts on tutoring, camps, and laser shows

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More than 50 years old and 8,500 members strong, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) strives to promote percussion through education, research, and performances across the world. To carry out this mission, the organization includes more than 50 chapters in the US and 28 chapters abroad, all of which communicate online via resources such as lessons, free practice exercises, and annual events. Each year PAS hosts the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention—the largest of its kind in the world—in which exhibitors convene to showcase the newest developments in percussion technology, instruments, and publications. The convention also includes over 120 clinics and performances with lauded artists covering all genres and styles of music.

110 W Washington St
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Crafted by a cognitive scientist and a design team from the University of Washington according to state academic standards, the A4L program includes five units that merge traditional literacy-education techniques with activities such as theater exercises to accommodate different learning styles. The program anchors lessons in familiar stories such as The Three Little Pigs, with the goal of raising student achievement in both reading and writing. After participating in the A4L lessons, students have shown increased enjoyment in reading, as well as improvement in reading ability, which teachers report appeals to students of various reading levels and backgrounds. Each student will receive a copy of the book from their particular A4L program and an accompanying workbook.

3921 N Meridian St
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Catering to the growing minds of toddlers as well as preteens, kidscommons features three floors of interactive exhibits that introduce basic scientific concepts and kindle creativity. The Gateway Bridge Laser Harp, for example, allows visitors to invent a catchy melody using an instrument made without traditional strings. Meanwhile, a human-sized robotic arm lets kids control a mechanical shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers while attempting to perform simple tasks. In addition to a 17-foot climbing wall, the museum hosts a small aquarium that mimics the micro-ecosystem of Indiana creeks and waterways, complete with fish, Hoosier mermaids, and other aquatic lifeforms.

309 Washington St.
Columbus,
IN
US

Once home to the celebrated Hoosier poet, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home welcomes visitors into a world of stunning turn-of-the-century splendor. The elegant Victorian revival house hosts informative tours that guide guests through the home of the man who gave the world Little Orphan Annie and the Raggedy Man.

528 Lockerbie St
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Named one of the 50 Reasons to Love Bloomington by Bloom magazine and one of the nation's top 25 science centers by Parents magazine, WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology invites visitors of all ages to discover how exhilarating science can be. Between a two-story interior and an outdoor WonderGarden, the museum flaunts more than 50 hands-on science activities. A range of exhibits bring youngsters face-to-face with scientific principles in such attractions as the two-story Grapevine Climber climbing maze, the Bubble-Airium’s cloudball machine, and Water Works' ball launcher. Over in the Fitzgerald Hall of Natural Science, live amphibians and insects crawl around settings that mimic their natural habitats. For children aged 6 and younger, the George & Evelyn Brabson Discovery Garden grants youthful scientific inquiry through live animal displays, the Magnet Wall, and a tree house. The museum also hosts regular special events.

308 W 4th St
Bloomington,
IN
US

The mansion’s mustard-yellow walls are outlined by crisp white trim, as well as slender columns where the stately edifice sits overlooking the Ohio River. Built in the mid-19th century for Thomas Gaff, the Italian Renaissance-inspired estate is full of antebellum charm. Now a National Historic Landmark, its ornately carved brackets and sweeping balconies constantly remind visitors of the era when it was built, when each of these details was crafted painstakingly by hand. Tour guides lead visitors through the mansion’s fully restored halls, which occasionally house tea parties and luncheons for lucky groups. The estate also hosts intimate wedding parties to engage in festivities or get inspiration in the Century of Brides exhibit that showcases century-old gowns.

213 5th St
Aurora,
IN
US