Museum officials announced the latest attendance mark Thursday in a public meeting that unveiled the newly renovated Chinese House and the brand new Bluffs at Conner Prairie event venue.
As the organization’s leaders plan for the next two decades, they’re targeting the 3.3 miles of the White River that runs through their property for new experiences and attractions.
Conner Prairie is teaming with Carmel-based hospitality company Ritz Charles on a $3 million project that will renovate the historic Chinese House at the Fishers living history museum and add an event venue along the White River.
Cathy Ferree is trying to usher in an era of change for the Indiana State Museum that will include new permanent exhibits, increased marketing and perhaps most importantly, new programming at the museum meant to increase attendance through repeat visitors.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has quickly found a new title sponsor for its Symphony on the Prairie summer concert series after Marsh Supermarkets ended its 35-year run.
Interactive history museum Conner Prairie had a record-setting 2016, and it’s on tap to have a busy 2017.
Mayors, their staffs and policy experts from across the country—about 1,200 conference attendees in all—will attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual summer gathering that runs Friday through Monday.
Conner Prairie is well-known nationally to museum insiders. But new CEO and President Norman Burns II wants to make the historical park in Hamilton County a destination for more travelers, in part by getting the community to take ownership of the attraction.
Conner Prairie President and CEO Ellen Rosenthal has led tremendous growth at the interactive history park in Fishers since 2003. She plans to retire at the end of the year.
While the orange-and-yellow tethered balloon that anchors the 1859 Balloon Voyage is getting a new skin and a new sponsor over the winter, construction crews are working on a six-figure overhaul intended to make the exhibit more immersive.
By the end of Conner Prairie’s 2014 season, about 100,000 people will have taken to the skies in its tethered helium balloon—a high-flying attraction that soared to landmark status soon after it debuted five years ago.
Conner Prairie isn’t just for summer—or kids—anymore. The Hamilton County interactive museum on Wednesday announced plans to ramp up year-round programming, including more events geared to adults.
The inaugural Prairie Plates event Sept. 20 represents a big step in the Hamilton County living history museum’s increasing effort to target grown-ups—a trend happening around the country as once-staid institutions look to expand audiences and increase revenue.
At the living history museum, new activities are mixed with old favorites—including the grand game of Rounders
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park inspires curiosity and fosters learning about Indiana’s past by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences.
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, to find ways to encourage history museums to incorporate the often unpopular and intimidating fields of science, technology, engineering and math into their offerings.