Indiana museums help celebrate The Smithsonian's Museum Day with free admission

The National Model Aviation Museum will offer free admission Sept. 22, 2018, in Muncie. It is the only museum in Muncie participating in the celebration of Museum Day.  Tier Morrow, DN
The National Model Aviation Museum will offer free admission Sept. 22, 2018, in Muncie. It is the only museum in Muncie participating in the celebration of Museum Day. Tier Morrow, DN

For Ball State students and their families, this weekend is Family Weekend, but for museums across the country, this weekend is Museum Day. 

To help celebrate, more than 25 museums throughout Indiana will offer free admission on Saturday. 

There is a full list of museums on the Smithsonian’s website, as well as links to get free tickets. Here are a few museums close to Muncie participating in Museum Day:

National Model Aviation Museum:

At the National Model Aviation Museum, guests can explore the AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame established in 1969 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hall of Fame includes men and women who have helped make “significant contributions to the sport of aeromodeling.” The museum also gives the full history of accomplishments and missions that have happened in the field of aeromodeling. Guests can see anything from model airplanes to suits when they take their first tour. 

Conner Prairie:

Conner Prairie is an interactive, outdoor museum that allows guests to step back in time into the life of those who lived 150 years ago in Prairietown. There are also exhibits focused on the Civil War, Indian Camps and William Conner’s House. Conner Prairie is located in Fishers, Indiana and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Indiana State Museum: 

For the first time ever at the Indiana State Museum, the international Violin Competition of Indianapolis will be incorporated into an exhibit from Aug. 25 to Nov. 11. Guests will also get to enjoy the Hoosier Art Salon exhibition which is now in its 94th year at the museum, among dozens of other historical displays. Covering three stories, the museum tells the history of the Hoosier state and shows the new additions over the years. The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Seiberling Mansion and Howard County Museum:

The Seiberling Mansion and Howard County Museum was created in 1971 as a new home for the Howard County Museum that was originally in the Carnegie Library. The museum includes the Howard County Hall of Legends, historic photos dating back to Indiana’s centennial in 1916 and artifacts collected throughout Howard County’s history. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Kokomo, Indiana. 

Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections:

The Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections features large exhibits from small perspectives including their most recent special exhibit, The Extraordinary Sahlberg House. This display shows an elaborate miniature house which stands only 49 inches tall. Additionally, the museum also features their permanent exhibit which includes children’s doll houses and vignettes. The museum is located in Carmel, Indiana and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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