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Children’s Museum expands footprint

August 16, 2014
Scott Olson
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis plans to begin tearing down a nearby apartment building this month and is starting to explore options for the site that could include an outdoor attraction.
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Children's Museum names IU scientist to new role

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana University scientist who's helping investigate the possible wreckage of the famed Santa Maria has been named the Children's Museum of Indianapolis' new underwater archaeologist-in-residence.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Children’s Museum brings 2,200-year-old statues to Indy

May 10, 2014
Lou Harry
Terra Cotta Warriors make rare U.S. appearance. Chinese treasures were commissioned by the first emperor of China.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Larger scope for Children's Museum's Playscape

September 7, 2013
Lou Harry
When an outstanding temporary exhibition opens, that’s cause for excitement. When a permanent exhibition gets an outstanding upgrade, that’s cause for celebration.
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LOU'S VIEWS: I'm no fan of the movie "Avatar"...but the exhibit is another matter

June 29, 2013
Lou Harry
Most of the Children’s Museum’s core under-10 audience may not be interested in the movie props, but the interactives are outstanding.
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Children's Museum brings aboard David Wolf for space push

March 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has landed retired astronaut David Wolf as its first “Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence,” calling on the native Hoosier to help develop programs sparking kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Wicked Workshop' works across generations

October 20, 2012
Lou Harry
My take on the Children's Museum attraction, plus generation-jumping thoughts on Jonathan Groff at the Cabaret and DK’s Beatles celebration.
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Illinois Place apartments planned for former Winona site

June 13, 2012
Scott Olson
The $6.5 million project, led by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, will include 50 apartment units, 22,000 square feet of commercial space and a 2-acre park. Construction could start by the end of the year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Hot Wheels exhibition off track

June 2, 2012
Lou Harry
What you can’t do, alas, is the most fun thing about Hot Wheels: Create and test your own track layouts
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Children's Museum selects developer for Winona site

May 23, 2012
Local affordable housing developer The Whitsett Group has been chosen to redevelop the site on North Meridian Street. Its other major development is a $22 million project set for the former Keystone Towers site.
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LOU'S VIEWS: This spud's for you

February 4, 2012
Lou Harry

The guy with the detachable eyes and a rear end built for storage is the subject of an interactive exhibition at The Children’s Museum

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Children's Museum attendance hits another record

January 3, 2012
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis set an attendance record in 2011 with 1.27 million visitors, topping the high mark it set the previous year by 9.4 percent.
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Housing will be initial focus of redevelopment at Winona site

October 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The city, along with the nearby Children's Museum of Indianapolis, is spearheading redevelopment of the abandoned property where demolition began Monday. Bids to build mixed-income housing will be sought in the coming months.
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Indianapolis outpaces Atlanta pound-for-pound on tourismRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With 1.8 million people, the Indianapolis area is only one-third the size of Atlanta, yet the area holds its own in conventions and tourism. Indianapolis, for example, has about half the convention space of Atlanta.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Exploring museum's new discovery channels

June 18, 2011
Lou Harry
It’s impossible for those of us who have raised kids with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to imagine what it’s like to enter it, as a child, for the first time.
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Museums prepare to open permanent exhibits

May 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis each plan to open new permanent exhibits in June at a combined cost of $8.5 million.
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Children's Museum holds key to Winona redevelopment

May 24, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is playing the role of lead developer for the abandoned Winona Hospital site.
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Captain Kidd's cannon to land at Children's Museum

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis received a $1 million grant from the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation to support expeditions by an Indiana University team to Captain Kidd’s ship in the Dominican Republic.

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Palladium draws staff from Indy arts organizations, venues

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony, Clowes Hall are among those that have experienced defections.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Old favorites still satisfy

October 30, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, some top picks from Indianapolis museums' and attractions' permanent collections
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Children's Museum to revamp area for preschoolers

September 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has received a three-year, $700,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to renovate its early childhood exhibit, Playscape. It is the first major gift the foundation has made in Indianapolis.
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Children's Museum plans neighborhoods' revitalization

July 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is about to expand its role in urban redevelopment. It has already invested more than $1 million in the half-dozen blocks around its campus on North Meridian Street, and now plans to help create a comprehensive plan for an area that encompasses six nearby neighborhoods.
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Children's Museum, Eiteljorg refresh images

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis launched a new logo and rebranding initiative this summer. And the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art wants to polish its image.
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City visitors group launches $1.3M ad campaign

May 12, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is spending $1.3 million to promote the city to eight Midwestern markets, in hopes of attracting more travelers.
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Children's Museum planning $4.2 million exhibit

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is teaming with National Geographic on a permanent exhibit, "National Geographic Treasures of the Earth," intended to provide immersive learning in archeological excavation.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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