The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis announced Tuesday that it plans to “employ a more robust review process” with its vendors to avoid another embarrassing public relations gaffe like it experienced earlier this month.
Children’s Museum apologizes for selling Juneteenth watermelon salad
In an apology posted to its website, the museum said that, although serving the watermelon salad was based on staff members’ family traditions, it acknowledges “the negative impact that stereotypes have on Black communities.”Read More
Herron Classical Schools to purchase former Salvation Army HQ
Herron Classical Schools said the former Salvation Army of Indiana Divisional Headquarters building next to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will become the permanent home of Herron Preparatory Academy.Read More
IBJ Podcast: Children’s Museum CEO talks dinos, COVID and the price of admission
CEO Jennifer Pace Robinson, who took on the museum’s top job about a year ago, talks with Mason King about the importance of the exhibit, the logistics of hanging all those bones, and what makes the experience different than visitors might find at other museums.Read More
Robinson spent 3 decades on journey to children’s museum CEO
Jennifer Pace Robinson has worked her way up at The Children’s Museum over three decades, filling a variety of roles dealing directly with museum visitors and with the behind-the-scenes work that makes the museum tick.Read More
Jennifer Pace Robinson, a 29-year veteran of the institution, was chosen unanimously by the museum’s board of trustees to take over the world’s largest children’s museum.
Some local museums and cultural institutions say they saw a bump in visitation over the weekend related to March Madness. Meanwhile, the attractions are playing up their basketball connections in a bid to attract visitors.
It is a national passion that has been churning away across the country and is now culminating in the heartland—in a place where legends have pounded the hardwood, beat the buzzer and lovingly watched the ball kiss the ropes as it sliced through the net.
An effort by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ to overturn the city’s designation of the Drake apartment building as a historic property has been transferred to federal court—even as the organization continues working with city officials on a plan to salvage the building.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis said in a statement that it has been unsuccessful finding a reuse for the Drake and that maintaining it is unaffordable, especially given the museum’s financial situation.
The Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded more than $43 million to 18 museums and cultural organizations across the country, including four in Indiana.
In this 1983 photo, Milton Allen helps students learn about computers during a science and engineering exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
The Indy Attraction Pass offers bundled access to Conner Prairie, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Jenn Anné, lead paleontologist and manager of the Natural Science Collections at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, recently returned from Wyoming where she and her team dug for fossils to bring back to the museum. The trip garnered more than two tons of findings.
The Children’s Museum said it is projecting a loss of $4 million to $7 million in 2020 because of the three-month health crisis closure.
Though the city will allow museums and cultural institutions to operate at 50% occupancy starting June 19, many are planning to wait a few days or test the waters with a select group of members.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis are joining hundreds of other orchestras, performing arts groups and cultural institutions across the country by suspending operations temporarily during the coronavirus outbreak. However, some local cultural institutions remain open.
Three temporary exhibits will open this year, and a handful of existing spaces will receive substantial upgrades—including the popular Dinosphere space.
New exhibits such as “PAW Patrol Adventure Play” helped the museum trump its previous record-breaking tally in 2009, when it featured a King Tut exhibit and the launch of “Take Me There: Egypt.”
The city’s Department of Metropolitan Development and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which has owned the Drake since 2014, issued a request for information inviting proposals from groups with an interest in redeveloping the property at 3060 N. Meridian St.
The process will give developers an opportunity to introduce ways to preserve the 91-year-old building at 3060 N. Meridian St., which the museum had planned to demolish.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis CEO Jeffrey Patchen answers IBJ’s questions about the museum’s growth and what’s ahead.
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission voted Wednesday night to put a historic designation on the eight-story apartment building owned by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis amid concerns the structure might be torn down in coming weeks.