Rhythm! Discovery Center

Downtown Indianapolis

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Interactive exhibits let visitors strike an eight-foot gong drum and play more than 150 percussion instruments from around the world

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Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this Groupon.

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  • $8 for admission for two (up to a $16 value)
  • $16 for admission for four (up to a $32 value)
  • $24 for admission for six (up to a $48 value)

Rhythm! Discovery Center

The first thing visitors hear when they step into Rhythm! Discovery Center is the sound of a beating heart. It's an appropriate introduction to the center, which believes rhythm and music are tied directly to the human experience. Across its four main halls, exhibits showcase percussion and its role in world cultures, starting with the evolution of drums from animal membranes, wood, and finally into metal These aren't typical museum exhibits, however; they're interactive experiences. Visitors can strike an eight-foot gong drum, feeling its vibration shake through their bodies and the marshmallows stuffed between their cheeks. More than 150 globally sourced instruments––such as African talking drums and ocean drums––create a thunderstorm within the interactive area. An extension of the Percussive Arts Society, Rhythm! Discovery Center often hosts college and professional performances within its acoustically sound confines. They also maintain a wealth of percussion information online, but ask that virtual visitors refrain from hitting their computer with a mallet.

Percussive Arts Society

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.

Customer Reviews

This place is very cool! So much to see and play with. Go when there is a drumming circle, we loved it!
Jennifer R. · July 28, 2014
Took the grandkids. Loved it! Very relaxed atmosphere that allowed us to experience the instruments fully.
Marcia W. · December 5, 2013
unique place. interesting displays and wonderful hands-on experiences.
Angie W. · April 29, 2013

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