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Children's Museum broke annual attendance record in 2019

The Children’s Museum set a new annual attendance record in 2019, breaking a ten-year-old mark.
(Courtesy Children's Museum of Indianapolis)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Children’s Museum recorded 1,318,915 visits in 2019, setting a new annual attendance record.

The previous record was set in 2009 with 1,310,576 million people visiting, according to information shared by the museum.

The 2019 number represents the highest visitation since The Children’s Museum started tracking attendance.

The 2009 number was buoyed by the King Tut exhibit that year.

The museum cited a record number of member households as a factor in the new attendance record. Of its approximately 36,000 households, the museum said its 2019 member visits hit a new record of 651,173. The museum attributed the value of its memberships as patrons visited more than once to save money with their unlimited museum visits.

The museum also offered free and reduced price access on four free holidays (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, El Dia de Los Ninos, Christmas Eve) and its First Thursday Nights admission for $5 per person.

An Access Pass for families who qualify under state guidelines (temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food stamps, and Hoosier Healthwise Insurance) enables qualifying families to visit The Children’s Museum and all participating locations for just $2 per family member per visit.

The Children’s Museum's 2020 exhibit lineup includes:

  • The Pigeon and Pals! A Mo Willems Art and Play Exhibit
  • Wild Weather
  • Barbie™: You Can Be Anything™
  • Haunted House
  • Jolly Days Winter Wonderland