What’s New at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis?

Joey Amato | January 31, 2021

Malala Yousafzai’s life story in The Power of Children (opens Sept. 18, 2021)
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will soon be home to the only permanent exhibit in the world featuring the story of Malala Yousafzai. The human rights advocate is the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which recognized her dedication to equal education for women and children. In 2008, the Taliban had banned girls from attending school in the SWAT Valley of northwest Pakistan. In 2012, Malala spoke up for girls and young women through a blog, on the radio and through articles that were published by the BBC. Soon after, a terrorist boarded Malala’s school bus and shot her in the head. She miraculously survived and continues to fight for human rights and equal education, and against child marriage and child labor. Her story will be told alongside those of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White in The Power of Children: Making a Difference® exhibit. The expanded portion of the exhibit will feature the story of Malala’s life, the challenges she faced trying to get an education and the positive impact she has had around the world. Families will see her re-created childhood home and learn about her life today.

Mini Masterpieces—new permanent exhibit
Discover secrets hidden in each room! One that is sure to surprise includes apparitions of people who appear to be moving around the room. Another interactive encourages families to design their own room with a portrait of themselves hanging on the wall that they can email home. All the miniatures in this exhibit were built using a 1 to 12 scale, which means one inch in the miniature room equals one foot in real life. This precise scale tricks your eyes and make the rooms appear extremely lifelike. This unusual exhibit brings fascinating mini creations of carpentry and artisanship to life and provides a space for families to create their own stories.

Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience®
(March 13, 2021–Oct. 31, 2021)
This sports utopia has something for everyone as it enters its fifth season. It features 12 outdoor and three indoor sports experiences. This national model of health and fitness is a permanent addition to The Children’s Museum’s campus, making the museum even bigger and better than ever before.

Play Ball! (opens April 10, 2021)
Take the field and explore the ins and outs of baseball from past to present! Discover the rich history of the hometown Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) and their fan traditions. Learn about boundary-breaking players who overcame challenges to make important contributions to the sport and see if you have the skills it takes to become a baseball legend.

SUE the T. rex spends spring break in Indianapolis
(March 6-July 25, 2021)

Rumor has it that our very own Bucky the teenage T. rex raised his short little arms to the sky and roared with delight when learning of the visit! The Field Museum is sending a full-size cast of SUE the T. rex (one of the largest, most complete, and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever unearthed) on a mini vacation to the world’s largest children’s museum. At more than 40 feet in length and 13 feet high, SUE is remarkable because of their size, completeness, and quality of preservation. The Children’s Museum will also be showcasing some of its own favorite fossils in other parts of the museum as it makes way for fossils it unearthed as the leader of Mission Jurassic, an international partnership to excavate, study and reconstruct giant beasts from 150 million years ago. They will be installing two large sauropods along with amazing marine specimens, including a dolphin-like creature with eyes the size of dinner plates and a beast that resembles the Loch Ness monster. This exhibit was developed by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, in partnership with the Field Museum.

Celebrating 60 years of Barbie (January–December 2021)
In Barbie™ You Can Be Anything™: The Experience you can explore 11 different careers and learn about more than 200 jobs Barbie has had over the years, including an airline pilot flying high above the clouds, a fearless surfer catching a wave, a robotics engineer putting a robot to work, or a wildlife photographer taking pictures from a jungle jeep. From career dolls to real-world role models, Barbie has been inspiring girls since 1959. The exhibit showcases the iconic Barbie doll and encourages the kind of imaginative play that teaches us that no matter our gender, ethnicity or background, we can all make the world a better place by doing work that excites us, challenges us and brings us fulfillment. Learn from powerful women throughout history who have broken down career barriers for women, including: Amelia Earhart (aviation pioneer), Katherine Johnson (NASA mathematician and physicist), Laurie Hernandez (Olympic gymnast) and two of the newest doll releases—Florence Nightingale (pioneer of modern nursing) and Ella Fitzgerald (legendary jazz vocalist). In this career-inspiring experience, children and their parents and grandparents will see images of real-life female role models alongside the Barbie™ dolls that represent them.

DC SUPER HEROES™: Discover Your Superpowers (March 20–Sept. 26, 2021)
Earth needs more superheroes! Will YOU answer the call? In DC SUPER HEROES™: Discover Your Superpowers, families can work alongside their favorite DC Super Heroes to fi nd clues, complete missions, and defeat villains, all while finding the superhero in YOU!

Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego–Let’s Explore! (Feb. 6–July 25, 2021)
Get ready to explore in Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, in their own exhibit for preschoolers to explore as they learn and play along.

Photo Credits: Malin Fezehai for Malala Fund, Field Museum