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Children's Museum of Indianapolis to reopen to the public July 11

The museum previously opened to donor families June 24 and member families June 29.
Credit: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children's museum in the world with a 481,000 square-foot facility situated on 30 acres.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will reopen to the public Saturday, July 11. 

The museum previously opened to donor families June 24 and member families June 29.

All tickets must be reserved and purchased online in advance. A confirmation of purchase and dated ticket will be sent through email. 

“We are firmly committed to doing everything within our power to make it safe for children, families, our staff and volunteers to return to the world’s largest children’s museum,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, in a press release. "We have worked hard to re-engineer our exhibits and interactives, provide new ways to engage our visitors with our interpretive staff, and new ways to social distance and limit person-to-person contact while still creating an engaging and fun family learning experience."

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The following health and safety protocols have been implemented upon reopening: 

  • Face masks are required to enter the museum for all staff and guests. The only exceptions will be made for children younger than 2 years old and those with medical challenges.
  • The number of visitors entering The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® will be restricted to 3,000 people to ensure it is assisting with social distancing in a safe and strategic way.
  • A full deep clean will be conducted every evening and has created a schedule in which each exhibit area will receive thorough cleanings at intervals throughout the day.
  • The museum will increase the frequency of cleaning of high-touch areas such as payment stations, touch screens, bathrooms, door and sink handles, water fountains, railings.
  • Hand sanitizer can be located at the entrance and exit of the museum in addition to alongside each elevator. There are now more than 100 hand sanitizing and wet wipe stations located throughout the museum’s campus.
  • The museum asks visitors and staff to stay home if they do not feel well.
  • All employees and volunteers will have their temperatures taken daily.
  • New signage will be displayed throughout the museum to assist people in staying 6-feet apart from other groups. 

The Playscape gallery, water table in Corteva Agriscience ScienceWorks, Carousel Wishes and Dreams exhibit (with the exception of the carousel itself) and the Children’s Museum Guild’s Fantasy Tree House of Sports outside in Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience will remain temporarily closed for safety purposes.

The food court will remain closed until new guidance from local authorities, agencies and the Health Department becomes available 

Click here to read more about The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' safety procedures to keep guests and staff safe upon reopening.