Children’s museum reports record attendance in 2019

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (File photo)

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors in 2019, the museum announced Thursday.

More than 1.318 million visits were recorded in 2019 at the world’s largest children’s museum, setting a new annual attendance record.

Last year’s tally surpassed the last record-breaking year in 2009, when 1.31 million visits were recorded. That year, the museum hosted a King Tut exhibit and opened the “Take Me There: Egypt” exhibit.

Last year, the museum also enrolled a record number of member households at 36,110, trumping 2016 when 35,682 households signed up for memberships.

The museum also reported that overall member attendance broke a record. The museum’s previous member attendance record was set in 2018 with 641,318 member visits. In 2019, that number rose to 651,173.

The museum’s 2019 lineup included “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” and “PAW Patrol Adventure Play” exhibits.

“We have a strong commitment to create and offer fun and imaginative exhibits that feature something for young children to grandparents,” Jeffrey H. Patchen, CEO of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, said in a media release. “We strive to make every family learning experience extraordinary, interactive and fun for every generation.”

This year’s lineup of new exhibits includes “The Pigeon and Pals! A Mo Willems Art and Play Exhibit,” “Wild Weather” and “Barbie: You Can Be Anything.”

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