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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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venue type: Museum
venue style: Unique
catering: Onsite Catering (Restricted Vendor Selection)
max venue capacity: 6000
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Venue Description

Looking for an imaginative, inspirational, and extraordinary setting for your next event? Whether you are entertaining six guests or 6,000, you'll find five floors of fun and amazing spaces at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Set your agenda at Indiana's #1 cultural tourism attraction! The museum provides a setting that is fresh, fun, and forever young. Delight your family and friends- celebrate life's great occasions at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, located only minutes away from downtown Indianapolis.
Visit the Snappening spaces tab and check out space descriptions below to find out more!
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The museum's distinctive offerings include:
  • A resource team of nationally recognized chefs through our exclusive caterer, Sodexo.
  • Unique settings and interactive exhibits. Your guests will be transported to the time of dinosaurs in Dinosphere, to modern Cairo in Take Me There: Egypt, or to the early 1900s in Carousel Wishes and Dreams.
  • Free garage parking, enclosed access to the museum, and a safe environment.
Reserve the entire Children's Museum to host an epic event among the dinosaurs! Entertain up to 9500 guests the the most imaginative, interactive and fun spaces in Indianapolis! Gather with up to 800 family and friends in the Sunburst Atrium and Mezzanine. It is the perfect place to throw a grand dinner. The Welcome Center provides a perfect place for up to 900 attendees. Or rent one or more of the Individual Galleries for a smaller gathering of up to 150 guests. The Carousel Wishes & Dreams, Fireworks of Glass Chihuly Cieling or Take Me There Egypt will give your event a flair unlike any other. Ticket packages to the museum also can be included in any and all events, email for more information.
Consider hosting your next:
  • Large or Small Weddings and Wedding Receptions
  • Birthday Party
  • Bridal Shower
  • Reception
  • Children's Party
  • Graduation Party
  • Anniversary Dinner
  • Reunion
  • Holiday Parties
  • Association Function
  • Conference Social Entertainment and Conference Outings
  • Conferences
  • Corporate Meeting
  • Incentive Awards
  • Non-profit Events, Galas and Fundraisers
  • Product Launch
  • Corporate Picnics and Company Outings

at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Let your imagination run free! 

This mesmerizing space transports your guests 65 million years back in time, immersing them in the sights and sounds of the world the dinosaurs roamed!
Your event becomes a discovery tour of three of the world's most renowned archaeological sites - the tomb of Eqyptian pharaoh Seti I, the excavation of China's Terra Cotta Warriors, and the underwater shipwreck of the Cara Merchant, commandeered by accused pirate Captain Kidd!
Five floors of dazzling color, graceful lines, and sparkling surfaces culminate in the exhibit Fireworks of Glass, featuring world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly's largest sculpture. 
Transport your guests to modern Cairo, where they will enjoy a fascinating experience of daily life in Egypt. Take Me There Egypt closes August 11, 2013 to make way for Take Me There China, opening May 10, 2014.
The stories of extraordinary children in history can inspire children and adults today to fight discrimination and intolerance and make a positive difference in the world.
Holiday events sparkle at The Children's Museum, which offers Jolly Days Winter Wonderland annually. But hurry - these dates book quickly!
The playful Carousel Wishes and Dreams gallery is the perfect setting for fun, whimsy, and creativity. Ride the carousel, share memories, and make new ones!
Marvel at the inner workings of nature, the structure of human creations, and the forces that bind all of this together. Dedicated to the physical sciences, ScienceWorks features six areas: Nature's Backyard, Rock Wall, Construction Site, Creek Area, Health House, Biotechnology Learning Center, and SciencePort.

Venue Specifications

Outdoor Space No
Handicap Accessible Yes
Smoking No
Liquor License Yes
Insurance Yes
Vendor Requirements Yes
Food & Beverage Minimum Yes
Tables & Chairs Provided
Tables & Chairs No Rental Fee
Linens Provided
Linens No Rental Fee
Silverware Provided
Silverware No Rental Fee
Glassware Provided
Glassware No Rental Fee
Kosher Available Yes
Parking Options Free Parking, Onsite Parking, Parking Garage, Parking Lot
Distance From Airport 20
Support Personnel
Onsite Planning Consultant Yes
Venue Support Staff Yes
Venue Cleaning Staff Yes
Venue Security Staff Yes
Attendee Age
Attendee Age All Ages

Venue Amenities

Facility Information
Onsite Catering
Restaurant Onsite
Security Staff Onsite
Wheelchair Accessibility
Room Features and Guest Services
Concierge Service
Business Services
Audio/Video Capabilites
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Equipment Available

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  Friday, July 26 2013 12:32 PM

This was a MAGNIFICENT evening!!

Event Type: Wedding Reception
"You and your staff did everything imaginable to make the night a wonderful, magical night. Everyone was raving … especially the appetizers (which I didn't even get to taste!!) It was good to know that they were enjoyed. I could tell that everyone was working hard to make sure that everything went smoothly … a job well done … a mission accomplished! In fact, the server for the wedding party table was especially attentive. I understand they wanted for nothing…..Thanks for everything … In the future, if anyone would ask me (or any of my guests) what would be a good venue for a party, wedding or otherwise, hands down, The Children's Museum would be "it"!! Dianne "
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Map and Directions

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is conveniently located just north of downtown. Please find specific directions below to locate the museum from each side of town.
From North: Take US-31 S towards Indianapolis. Continue on to N Meridian St. Destination will be ahead on the right.
From South: Take I-65 N towards Indianapolis. Take Exit 116 for 29th Street toward 30th Street. Turn right on to W 29th St. Turn left on to N Meridian St. Destination will be ahead on the left.
From East: Take US-40 towards Indianapolis. Take I-465 N. Take exit for I-70 W. Take exit 85 for Keystone Ave toward Rural St. Turn right on to N Keystone Ave. Turn left onto E 30th St. Turn right onto N Meridian St. Destination will be ahead on the left.

From West: Take W Washington St towards Indianapolis. Take I-465 N. Take Exit 17 for 38th St. Turn right onto W 38th St. Turn right onto N Meridian St. Destination will be ahead on the right.