Conner Prairie

13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038 - United States

317-776-6000

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Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in Central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically-themed encounters and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today. Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization – accredited by the American Alliance of Museums – that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from individuals, corporations and foundations for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer.

Exhibits

William Conner House
A treasured piece of Indiana history built in 1823 and newly restored in 2016. Join the Conner family on their journey through Indiana’s early years in this playfully interactive house, where hands-on activities and materials tell stories about life in 1825. Then, stroll through the heirloom gardens and visit the Loom House.

Animal Encounters
Get up close and interact with your favorite farm friends! Ask our animal specialists about our historical breeds of livestock, how our animals are cared for year-round on our grounds, and how Conner Prairie plays an important role in preserving them.

Lenape Indian Camp
Explore the life, culture and relationship between the Lenape Indians and American fur traders in the year 1816 when Indiana became a state. Negotiate a deal at the Trading Post, throw a tomahawk, and learn skills like tanning hides and firing a flintlock rifle.

1836 Prairietown
Step back in time to a bustling pioneer town where the people, animals, objects, buildings and daily routines are just as they were in the 19th century. Pick up an Adventure Guide or Achievement Card at the Outfitter’s Cart and become a traveler, kitchen helper or housekeeper. Help residents with chores and earn ‘coin’ to spend at Mr. Whitaker’s store.

1859 Balloon Voyage
Step into 1859 Lafayette, Ind., and experience the story of aeronaut John Wise’s first airmail flight in the U.S. Float more than 350 feet into the air in a tethered helium-filled balloon (weather dependent, additional fee) and experience aviation firsthand.

1863 Civil War Journey - Raid on Indiana
Enter the southern Indiana town of Dupont, Ind., following a raid by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his cavalry. Experience life on the northern homefront and meet its citizens before deciding if you would enlist to defend your hometown. Along the way, take in theatrical presentations that use audio, visual and special effects technology to put you into the middle of the raid. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, little ones can have fun in the River Crossing Play Area complete with an indoor climbing structure and dress-up area. Outdoors they can climb aboard the Alice Dean steamboat, get wet at the water play table and shoot water cannons.

Create.Connect
Venture indoors and play with wind while trying to keep an aircraft aloft. Emulate industrious Hoosiers of the 1950s by designing your own invention in the patent office. Challenge yourself by putting wind to work by building a real windmill. Discover how all these science, technology, engineering and math feats have a place in Indiana history.

Treetop Outpost
Climb four stories to the top and take in the view! Inside you’ll find a knot tying station, a reading room, and an investigation station. New activities include a game of Eye Spy from the 4th floor; new opportunities to build with wood, stone and brick; a beautiful array of story tiles and word rocks you can arrange to tell a story; emoji flags, and more! Back on the ground, you can dig into the sand and uncover artifacts; build something using bamboo poles, wood blocks and fabric; and play musical instruments. The nearby Treetop Workshop offers unique making opportunities (additional fee).

Nature Walk
Grab an Adventure Backpack at the Treetop Outpost and go exploring along a gravel path that winds you through a forest and along the top of a levee flanked by woods, farmland, prairie and the White River. Stop at the Prairie Lookout for a view through the binoculars.

Discovery Station & Craft Corner
Children (up to age 8) are in charge at Discovery Station, with oodles of opportunities to play, explore and even build their very own hideaways. They can climb up a tree-like structure, read a book inside the book hive, pretend to be a farmer or storekeeper, listen to a story, dress up as a critter and more. Toddlers and crawlers have a tot-friendly space just for them, too. With new activities each month in Craft Corner, you’ll be able to experiment with a variety of materials to create awesome art and cool crafts.

Conner Prairie Store
Your visit isn’t complete without a little shopping. Find a wide variety of Indiana–made (and Conner Prairie–made) gourmet treats and distinctive gifts, and a variety of Bicentennial items. Children love the prairie costumes, pioneer games and toys.

Café on the Common
Hungry? Have lunch or grab a snack! You’ll find plenty of mouth-watering options. Kids menu available.

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