Ice Age Giants Take Over Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis

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Ice Age Giants Take Over Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis

Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana: Ice Age Exhibit

Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana: Ice Age Exhibit


little Indiana and sons couldn’t wait to get inside and see the Ice Age Exhibit at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Interactive, hands-on, and with plenty of playful moments thrown in, the Ice Age Exhibit is anything but dry and boring!

Ice Age Exhibit at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana: Ice Age Exhibit

Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana: Ice Age Exhibit


Step up to the exhibit and near a field of corn. A large as life video screen pops on and explains the story of a farmer’s Mastodon bone find while digging for a pond. Can you imagine?

Afterward, continue on your way through this excellent Indiana museum to a recreation of a Mastodon dig complete with an area for kids to “dig” for bones. I thought we might be there awhile–and I wasn’t wrong! Luckily, there’s a bench nearby, so you can sit and relax while the kids work on unearthing their mighty find.

Dig deeper into the history of the Mastodon: The bones, the teeth, the cries. So many parts of the Ice Age exhibit let kids get involved. They may place their hand on a sensor to see how these massive beasts jaws moved or to hear different examples of how they could have made warning sounds. They may touch an actual bone, push buttons to see where bones have been found–and where digs are going on.

Ice Age Fun

Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana: Ice Age Exhibit

Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana: Ice Age Exhibit


Take advantage of this unique offering. Indiana is so much more than we sometimes give her credit for.

Gaze at the vast collection of rare Mastodon pieces like toes (the “fast food” of the period). Learn about the difference between these animals based on the region in which they lived (something I didn’t even know until our visit to the museum).

Discover how to tell the difference between a Mastodon and a Mammoth. See the bones of both, the tusks of both. Watch short, informative videos that go into greater detail and that even our four year old enjoyed!

Go There

Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana: Ice Age Exhibit

Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana: Ice Age Exhibit


From November 16, 2013 to August 17, 2014, you have the opportunity to see the bones, read the history, and marvel at the size of these Ice Age Giants right here in Marion County.

We are already a history loving family. After a visit to the Ice Age Exhibit at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana, I think you will be too.

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