Rhythm! Discovery Center

110 W. Washington Street,Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46204 - United States



Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 5:00 pm

Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost drum and percussion museum; founded by the Percussive Arts Society in 2009. Rhythm! features unique, interactive exhibits highlighting a rich collection of historic artifacts and hands-on percussion instruments. Drawing upon cultures from around the world, Rhythm! offers an incomparable experience in exploring the universality of rhythm and percussion, and its role in shaping communication, music, art, performance and society.

Rhythm! also offers a diverse array of educational programming designed to supplement its interactive exhibits, providing a place for everyone to explore first-hand the world of percussion. Learn about playing techniques, delve into individual instruments, and enjoy musical performances from local and national performing groups. Located in downtown Indianapolis, Rhythm! invites visitors of any age to come Find Your Rhythm!


And the Kitchen Sink
We have used rhythm and music to express our feelings and thoughts to each other for thousands of years. But we don’t need fancy instruments – or instruments at all – to make music! We can make music with anything at hand, and the only limit to our musical horizon is our own creativity. Learn about Stomp, Blue Man Group, and other composers who have changed the kinds of percussion instruments we play. Try your hand at making music on our drumbone, copper pipes, LEGO Drumset, and kitchen cooking equipment – even the kitchen sink!

Learn about the origin of sound through interactive displays from around the world. Watch sound waves travel through space; hear the difference in metal vs. wood; and discover different drum designs.

Spark! From Tubes to Chips
Spark! From Tubes to Chips explores the history of electronic percussion. Beginning with early percussion instruments that used electricity, to the triggers, modules, and computers of today, this exhibit introduces the many ways electronic percussion instruments provide percussionists with infinite sound possibilities, vastly expanding the ways they compose and perform music.

This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone and in person.

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