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More Indiana Experience Field Trip Options

Destination Indiana
Send students on a time-travel journey through IHS’s vast collections with a Destination Indiana visit. Depending on the group’s size, students may guide their own investigations at individual computer stations or journey through Indiana’s past with a facilitated big-screen presentation. Big-screen options include Welcome to Monument Circle, Explore the Monument, The Statehouse, Circle Theater, Traction Terminal, Glimpses of the African-American Experience in Indiana, Mapping Indiana, Civil War and Eli Lilly and Co.
Presented by R.B. Annis Educational Foundation

W. Brooks and Wanda Y. Fortune History Lab
Take on the role of a conservator and participate in a hands-on paper mending activity in our History Lab, where students will learn how science and history work together in the field of conservation.

INvestigation Station
Do some detective work with primary sources at our INvestigation Station. Facilitators will help students discover clues in photographs and documents to solve mysteries of the past.

Other Field Trip Options

William H. Smith Memorial Library
For student groups, a brief presentation in the library is available at no extra charge but must be requested in advance when making a tour reservation. Library staff can also present standalone programs on how to use a research library. For a separate library program, please email reference@indianahistory.org.   

Add-on Program
A hands on  program titled, Analyzing Photographs to Tell Stories  is available for an additional fee of $1.50  per student. This offer is open to all school groups but it can also be used if you have groups larger than 105 as we will have half of the students tour the exhibits while the other half participates in the program, and then they will switch.  Please note this will extend the tour about 75 minutes. If interested, please ask for more information and for program availability when booking your visit.


Visit the Indiana Experience at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis and show your students a new way to live history.

Indiana Experience Field Trip Options

Students will engage in a variety of hands-on activities designed to meet educational needs. Student groups will be greeted by IHS staff before receiving an orientation and tour schedule. Tour guides will lead students through the Indiana Experience, spending 15 to 20 minutes in each area. A complete tour of the Indiana Experience takes approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours.  Visit the Plan a Field Trip page to make a reservation today!

You Are There

  • You Are There 1948: Communities Can!
    Step inside a photograph showing a group of Muncie women gathering to can their fruits and vegetables. This community canning center, built and operated by the Ball Brothers Co., had only recently opened for public use. Local women used the state-of-the-art facility to efficiently preserve the produce grown in their gardens. Inside the space, assist women as they prep their produce for canning, learn more about the process, overhear the latest news of the day and hear about stretching resources to feed a family in post-war Indiana. 
    Presented by Ball Brothers Foundation

  • You Are There: Eli Lilly at the Beginning (Oct. 1, 2016 through Jan. 20, 2018) Colonel Eli Lilly began a new business in Indianapolis in 1876 manufacturing drugs for wholesale distribution. A Civil War veteran who had seen fierce combat and who overcame deep personal family loss, Colonel Lilly applied his past experiences and entrepreneurial abilities to successfully establish Eli Lilly and Company with his son, Josiah K. Lilly. A recreated version of his original Pearl Street laboratory allows visitors to step inside a small, locally owned business on the cusp of expansion.
    Presented by Eli Lilly and Company with support from Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly, II, and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nicholas